Welcome to Alice Drive Middle 

Nationally Accredited STEM School!

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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)

Open house

Pressley

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

The days of summer are quickly winding down, and 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!

Much planning has been taking place over the summer to ensure a smooth transition to the new school year. A mini-camp was held on August 3rd for all first time students to ADM in grades 6-8. Through a series of rotation stations, students were able to tour the campus through an e-scavenger hunt, explore STEM through a problem-based learning activity, and learn about the use of chrome books to help ensure everyone gets off to a great start. Tables were set up featuring information regarding various aspects of student life at ADM to include academics, athletics, parent engagement, and other extra-curricular activities. In addition, students had the opportunity to have their ID picture taken and meet staff members. An alternative, “drop-in” style orientation will be held on Friday, August 12th, from 9:00-11:00 A.M. Monday, August 15th, is the first day for students to attend classes. ADM will host a SOAR camp for students on the first day to distribute schedules and review school-wide expectations. It is a full day. Our school day will promptly begin at 8 A.M with dismissal at 3 P.M. All students will continue to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge this year. Breakfast is served daily from 7:20-7:50 A.M. Parents of 7th grade students are required to provide proof of an updated immunization record that s/he has received the state-mandated Tdap vaccination as soon as possible.

Mark your  calendars now for our Open House on Tuesday, August 30th from 5:30-7:00 P.M. This will be a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and continue to build the vital home-school partnership that drives student success. 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
Principal

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.

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