Welcome to Alice Drive Middle School

Our Vision

The vision of Alice Drive Middle School is to engage all students in a rigorous, integrated, and vertical 6th – 8th grade STEM-based education that substantially increases the numbers of youth who recognize a real value and reward in studying STEM, believe STEM careers are viable and attainable career options, and will ultimately use the experiences of our STEM program to realize their maximum potential in a competitive global marketplace.

Our Mission

The mission of Alice Drive Middle School is to prepare students to be confident, competent, and responsible citizens by creating a positive and safe school environment in which staff, parents, and community work together to provide opportunities for students to pursue their full potential to become productive citizens in a global 21st century society.

At Alice Drive Middle School, the NEW starting time is 8:00. The homeroom tardy bell will ring at that time, so it is suggested that students arrive by 7:45. Breakfast (free to all students) is served before school starts. (Lunch is also free to all students.) School will be dismissed at 3:00.

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 15
New Student Orientation

Orientation is only for students who are NEW to ADMS from 9:00-11:00 am. Returning students should not attend this orientation. Registration for Parent Portal will be available during the new student orientation in the guidance department.

Monday, August 18
First Day of School
NEW START TIME! The First Day of School is a full day. We encourage all students to arrive at school by 7:45 for Mini-SOAR camp (schedules, IDs, and overview of school expectations, procedures). Breakfast and lunch will be served. The tardy bell will ring at 8:00. Dismissal will be at 3:00 pm.

Principal's Message

Alice Drive Middle School: Making STEM Learning A Reality
Alice Drive Middle School began their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) transformation in the 2012-2013 school year when they were accepted into a STEM School Support Pilot (3SP) initiative offered through S2TEM Centers SC and the South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science. The 3SP pilot provides a comprehensive system of scaffold support for schools wishing to identify themselves as STEM schools. This partnership is designed to provide schools with research, best practices and support in establishing and sustaining a STEM school.
Principal Jeannie Pressley says, "The vision for STEM education at Alice Drive Middle School is to engage all students in a rigorous, integrated, and vertical 6th- 8th grade STEM based education that substantially increases the numbers of youth who recognize value and reward in studying STEM fields, believe STEM careers are viable, and ultimately realize their maximum potential in a competitive global marketplace."
Currently students in all grades have opportunities to explore STEM through a variety of classes such as LEGO Robotics, Forensics, Computer Science, Engineering, and a class on sustainability called Go Green!  Additionally, iPads and iPods acquired through a Patriot Grant  help bring excitement, discovery, exploratory learning, and problem solving to all classes.
A STEM Advisory board has been formed which includes community stakeholders from business, industry, and  the military.
S2TEM Centers SC is an innovation partnership managed by South Carolinas Coalition for Mathematics and Science at Clemson University. Its purposes are to improve instruction and accelerate student learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics content areas through innovation, support, and research. www.s2temsc.org

Principal's Information

School Renewal Plan 2014

This year's School Renewal Plan and 2014 Report to the Parents for Alice Drive Middle are now available for review.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Jeanine Pressley at (803) 775-0821.

Report to the Parents

Information for Parents

Importance of Breakfast and Lunch

Research has shown the benefits of a healthy breakfast & lunch for school children. More students are eating breakfast and South Carolina's school officials have seen how this has had a positive impact on our students. This year, our school will serve breakfast and lunch to all students, at no cost. Please encourage your child to eat breakfast and lunch every day.

Parents are always welcome at Alice Drive Middle School.  We invite you to visit your child's class or have lunch with your child.  Guests should report to the front office immediately upon arrival to sign in and secure a visitor's pass.

Public Review of Instructional Materials
Click on the attachment to view the list of propsed textbook materials the Department of Education is considering for public schools.

2013 Public Review Info.pdf

ADMS Parent Portal

Attention:  Sign up for Parent Portal today!

Alice Drive Middle School is excited to be utilizing one of the features available through our District’s Student Information System: the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This Internet based portal provides parents with the privilege of accessing the grade and attendance information records of their children through a secure Internet connection.


Box Tops for Education & Campbell Soup Labels

     Alice Drive Middle School collects Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup labels.  Please save and then send your box tops and labels in an envelope or ziploc bag to your child's teacher.  This is an easy way to earn money for our school.  Please visit the following websites for additional information about these programs.


Looking for summer programs to beat the heat?  Check out these Summer Youth Programs:

Flexible Scheduling
 at ADMS

Use the QR code to read what the National Middle School Association says about flexible scheduling!

ADMS is excited to continue to implement an A/B alternate day, block-scheduling—a form of flexible scheduling—for the 2014-2015 school year. This unique scheduling opportunity will allow teachers and students a wide range of benefits to include:


Electronic Communication Devices in the Classroom

The Sumter School District Board believes that the possession of electronic devices by students during the school day may have an adverse effect on classroom instruction.  Electronic communication devices are defined as  telecommunication devices, to include mobile telephones that emit an audible signal, vibrate, display a message or otherwise summon or deliver a communication to the processor.


Middle School Student Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The tardy bell rings at 8:00!

For the safety of our students and staff, all students are expected to wear their ID everyday to school.  The school has provided a temporary and a permanent ID with a lanyard to all students.  Replacements cost $10, and lanyards are $1.

VACCINE REQUIREMENT:All rising 7th graders  will be required to have received the Tdap vaccine (whooping cough/pertusis) booster in order to attend school. Students who have not received this booster shot prior to entering the 7th grade, will not be allowed to attend school until they receive the vaccine. Feel free to contact your school nurse at 803-775-0821 for more information.

We welcome your suggestions and comments to improve our school. Please click on the suggestion box to email your message.

Sumter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in admission to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. For inquiries regarding the policy, contact the Chief Operations Officer or the Director of Specialized Programs, Sumter School District, 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150 or call 803-469-6900.
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