Welcome to Alice Drive Middle 

Nationally Accredited STEM School!


Our Vision

The vision of Alice Drive Middle School is to engage all students in a student-centered, rigorous, relevant, integrated, and vertical 6th – 8th grade STEM-based education.

Our Mission

The mission of Alice Drive Middle School is to create a culture of collaboration, global connections, and STEM-related partnerships to prepare students to be college and career ready.

STEM Theory of Action

If we fully coordinate and align our school’s policies, practices, and partners to increase student interest, participation, and achievement in STEM, expand student access to effective STEM instruction, reduce our gap in STEM access, and build community awareness and support for STEM, then we will increase the quality of STEM mindedness and overall student achievement levels.

STEM Core Competencies

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Communication
  3. Collaboration and Teamwork
  4. Information Literacy
  5. Appreciation for Diversity
  6. Learning to Learn (Metacognition)


Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Alice Drive Middle (ADM),
a Nationally Certified STEM school!

 The ADM faculty & staff are excited about working with you and your student(s) this year! ADM is a special place with a rich history of academic excellence. We have a dedicated and passionate group of teachers and staff ready to work with your child. I am honored to partner with the various stakeholders in our learning community to deliver a world-class education to all students.
We have so much to be proud of in our school’s continued focus on 21st Century learning and teaching. In partnership with all stakeholder groups, we will continue in our efforts to engage all students in a student-centered, rigorous, relevant, and integrated STEM-based education. Through this year’s theme – Soaring Above and Beyond – we will strengthen our culture of collaboration, global connections, and STEM-related partnerships to prepare students to be high school ready.

Instruction at ADM is delivered to students through the form of an alternate A/B type of flexible scheduling. As such, students have eight classes altogether but only meet four on each day. There are four core classes (math, language arts, science, and social studies) and four other classes for related arts, enrichment, and/or remediation purposes to meet the customized learning needs of students on an individualized basis. Our teachers are continuing to refine their practices to ensure that teaching and learning is maximized throughout the 90-minute block. With the continued implementation of a 1:1 Chrome Book Technology Initiative, we are providing equitable access to 21st century technology for all ADM students. Through the SC College and Career Ready Standards, we will expand problem and project based-learning opportunities this year as the vehicle for STEM learning across the curriculum. As you can see, great things are happening at ADM!

Please take time to download the ADM app from the app store on any Apple/Droid device or check our website for updated back to school information. Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns you may have.

In it together,

Jeannie Pressley

        Alice Drive Middle School Receives Google Community Grant          

Award to support STEM-related education and community collaboration

tidesSumter, SC, October 14, 2016 – Sumter County’s Alice Drive Middle School is proud to have received a $15,650 Google Community Grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation.

The Google Community Grant will be used on Alice Drive Middle School’s “Kindling a Love for STEM program.” The funds will allow the STEM Engineering students at Alice Drive Middle to continue a collaborating program with special education classes at College Park Elementary, in Berkeley County, in order to develop a relationship with other students and share their love of STEM. The Kindling a Love for STEM, is supported by three interaction based pillars: literacy, computer science, community – and divided into two phases, beginning as teacher-guided and transitioning into a personalized, self-directed learning experience to build STEM literacy.

“These new resources will allow us to continue our desire to spread the love for STEM across the State of South Carolina. Allowing the Alice Drive Middle STEM Engineering Class to collaborate with their peers fro other parts of the state provides a hands-on and engaging learning, in order to offer an experience that provides a new developed interest in STEM. With this grant, we can continue to honor our commitment to the community while preparing students for college and careers that will impact our world in a positive and productive manner,” said Jeannie Pressley, Principal of Alice Drive Middle School.

“We are excited to be a part of the growing STEM program at Alice Drive Middle School which is partnering with College Park Elementary School in Berkeley County,” said Lilyn Hester, Head of Public Affairs, Southeast with Google. We believe engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math at an early age will help build their confidence, grow their interest and prepare them for success both in the classroom and in their careers.

The Google Community Grant Program supports Sumter County organizations and initiatives that focus on four issues the company is passionate about:

  • Technology literacy and innovation
  • Renewable energy innovation
  • Access to high speed Internet
  • New economy entrepreneurship

The Google Community Grant Program supports Sumter County nonprofit organizations and comes from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving fund at Tides Foundation, which offers donor-advised funds and other grant making vehicles as well as professional philanthropic advice.

Nationally Accredited STEM School

Alice Drive Middle School is very proud that we have been recommended for AdvancED STEM Certification!   We have worked in partnership with South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science and S2TEM Centers SC for the past three years. We are the 12th school in the nation to achieve this recognition and the 1st Middle School in the state to receive this honor.