As home builders in Piedmont, Oklahoma, we know the public schools draw families from near and far. Consistently ranked among the top in the state, Piedmont Public Schools offer amazing academic opportunities, as well as plenty of extracurricular activities for students.
Homes by Taber has helped hundreds of families settle into new homes in Piedmont, and because we see these families as clients for life, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing many students thrive in Piedmont’s schools. Here is a little more about what we’ve learned about Piedmont Public Schools.
To start with the basics, the Piedmont school district is 96 square miles. It includes the counties of Canadian, Kingfisher, and Oklahoma. You must live within the district boundaries to attend its schools.
The district currently serves about 4,300 students with enrollment increasing 33% since 2014. It currently includes eight schools, including the Piedmont Early Childhood Center, three elementary schools, Piedmont Intermediate, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont High School. Even with its heavy growth, Piedmont Public Schools has stayed dedicated to its mission: “Empowering students to succeed in a changing world. Every student. Every day.”
As mentioned, Piedmont Public Schools have always been ranked as one of the top districts in the state. This is certainly reflected in the latest statewide test scores in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Overall, Piedmont ranked third with an overall 49.9% readiness score. Alex and Bixby districts barely edged out Piedmont with 50.4% and 50.5% respectively.
Another indicator of performance is a school district’s ability to help English learners gain proficiency in the English language. Piedmont’s English Learner Proficiency Rate of 21.3% is far above the state average of 7.2%. In fact, Piedmont’s WIDA ACCESS test scores are second only to Yarbrough school district, who surpasses Piedmont by only 0.01%.
Finally, other factors also demonstrate a school district’s quality. True to form, Piedmont has student progress scores that surpass state averages, as well as graduation rates and the rate of postsecondary opportunities.
Beyond its high ratings, Piedmont Public Schools also attracts home buyers to the area for its Piedmont Early Childhood Center. Only public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students attend the new 76,000-square-foot Piedmont Early Childhood Center. It includes 28 classrooms, a cafetorium with a stage for performances, and a 4,200-square-foot safe room. Students enjoy hands-on learning experiences, as well as academic instruction in an environment that is all perfectly situated for these small students. Parents appreciate the separation of students from the older elementary and upper grade levels that this personalized school provides.
Recognizing the importance of parental involvement for young learners, Piedmont Early Childhood Center offers plenty of opportunities for parents. Moms and dads can be homeroom parents or “mystery readers,” or participate on the school’s fundraising or beautification teams.
The 4- and 5-year-olds at the Piedmont Early Childhood Center attend classes for the whole school day. To accommodate working parents, the school also offers care before and after school through the Wildcat Clubhouse program. Parents can rest easy knowing their children are in a safe, nurturing environment the entire day.
Piedmont currently has three elementary schools: Northwood Elementary, Piedmont Elementary, and Stone Ridge Elementary. The elementary schools serve first through fourth graders. Check the communities in Piedmont where we’re currently building to find out which your children would attend.
Piedmont Intermediate School is home to the district’s fifth and sixth graders. With its state-of-the-art facility, Piedmont Intermediate practices “developmentally responsive” education. With its high test scores, this school lives up to its philosophy that all students are capable of high levels of achievement.
Seventh and eighth graders attend Piedmont Middle School. This school strives to integrate technology into the learning process. Each student at Piedmont Middle School receives a Google Chromebook to use as a learning tool. In addition, Piedmont Middle School has a variety of extracurricular activities, including band, drama, art, athletics, vocal, and more.
Piedmont High School is home to over 1,100 ninth- through twelfth-grade students. Like the Middle School, Piedmont High School provides every student with a Chromebook. The school strives to provide challenging and meaningful learning for all of its students.
In 2019, Piedmont High School received GreatSchool.org’s 2019 College Success Award. This award recognizes high schools that prepare students well for college and beyond. It is based on data such as college enrollment and readiness for college-level coursework.
While Piedmont Public Schools are certainly already among the top, the district continues to push for improvements. The newest bond, which voters passed in February 2020, will fund several key initiatives.
First, the bond will fund improvements to Piedmont Middle School, including adding a secure entrance; creating a new media center, cafeteria, gym, and band room; and adding a FEMA safe room. It will also connect the two buildings that currently serve as the Middle School.
Second, the bond will create a new Piedmont Athletic Center. This state-of-the-art facility will seat 1,900 patrons. Finally, the bond will fund the purchase of new instruments and equipment for the Pride of Piedmont band program.
Considering moving to Piedmont Public Schools? Throughout our years of building in Piedmont, we have only heard great things. With the passage of the 2020 bond, residents in Piedmont can look forward to even more from its schools.
If you would like to join the other happy homeowners in Piedmont, find out more about our new home communities in Piedmont. If you need a new home quickly, check out our quick-move-in homes. Move now and be ready to start the school year for your children in Piedmont!