ELEVATE: Piedmont students feel at home with Freshman Camp


OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 27, 2015) – The transition from middle school to high school can be a scary one for students, but Piedmont High School has developed a camp that keeps nerves at bay and makes incoming freshman feel right at home on the first day of school.

“Our freshmen come in, and our seniors realize if they invest in them, then they’re leaving a legacy for the next four years. Traditions will carry on; the positive atmosphere will carry on,” said Freshman Camp organizer and Piedmont teacher Kathy Davis.

Freshman Camp began five years ago after a spike in enrollment at Piedmont Public Schools.

The district has about 3,550 students spread out over seven school sites. To put this growth into perspective, the student population has grown by more than 1,500 students over the past 10 years.

At the high school alone, enrollment has increased from approximately 700 students for the 2012-13 school year to almost 950 students enrolled this year.

“It’s easy to get lost in the cracks when there are a thousand kids running around in the building,” said Piedmont High School principal Layne Jones. “We want to close those gaps as much as possible. We want [the incoming freshmen] to feel welcome, feel safe and feel they are part of a family.”

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Last updated on August 27, 2015