The Little Red School House Award is given by the CLAS Board of Directors to a person, persons, school, or school system that has inaugurated a significant curriculum or instructional innovation deserving of statewide recognition. The program or activity should have a positive impact on the education of children, high potential for dissemination to other schools or systems, and demonstrate leadership in curriculum or instructional procedures in an Alabama school or school system.
The "Little Red School House" is an appropriate symbol to recognize outstanding educational achievement. This award is presented at the CLAS Annual Convention in such years as the Board of Directors determines. The Board is not obligated to make an award each year.
Next Generation Learning Challenges, funded partly by the Gates Foundation, will provide $150,000 in initial funding and up to $300,000 in matching funds for "mBolden Piedmont." The funding will be implemented over the next four years. That means the school could receive as much as $750,000 for the program.
The U.S. Dept. of Education has named Piedmont High School a “Blue Ribbon School” for 2012, and Superintendent Matt Akin declared it an accomplishment for the entire community.
“You don’t earn Blue Ribbon status at the high school without having that foundation at the elementary and middle school. So although it’s a high school award, to me it’s a community award. It just further validates everything that this community puts into their school district,” Akin said.
Piedmont is the first public school in Calhoun County to receive Blue Ribbon status, according to the Anniston Star, and is among only 17 Alabama high schools ever receiving this distinction.
According to the article, Piedmont was selected because it has consistently “scored well” on the Adequate Yearly Progress assessments (AYP), meaning the high school has stayed on track meeting its goals set in the No Child Left Behind mandates.