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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

The system has been a one-to-one for approximately six years. In that time all schools have worked toward blended learning and Piedmont Middle School moved to use blended learning in a mastery-based model in hopes that they can help students truly become better prepared to be successful in high school and in turn make them more college and career ready.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

Getting parents to stop worrying about a letter grade and trust more into the level of mastery of the standards. We are still working on this task but feel that most of our parents truly understand what our goal is and want their children to be more successful in our school and want them to be more successful in their futures.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

Make sure to get buy-in from you staff. If they do not believe in what you are doing then it will be more difficult to win over the students, parents, and community members. Further, do not be complacent, always try to do something better.

Program Focus


School Overview

Piedmont Middle School (PMS) is a small rural middle school that uses blended learning in a mastery-based learning setting to allow students to progress through the state standards at their own pace. The school utilizes many computer-aided instruction programs that allow students to work in a variety of ways in order to ensure that all students succeed. The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama recognized PMS as one of Alabama's highest performing middle schools. In Fall 2014, Piedmont City School District was recognized as a K-12 Breakthrough Model and awarded a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant for a complete redesign which allowed PMS to implement its blended-learning program.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Chris Hanson

Contact Title: Principal

Piedmont Middle School
401 N Main St
Piedmont, Alabama
United States

Telephone: (256)-447-6165

Piedmont Middle School's Website


Total Students

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State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools


Blended Program Launched 2014