Back to School: Sumter District — High Hills, Hillcrest, Kingsbury, Lakewood, Lemira, Manchester, Millwood, Oakland Primary, Pocalla Springs, Rafting Creek, R.E. Davis, Shaw Heights, Sumter High, Wilder, Willow Drive, Sumter Career, Sumter Adult Ed

High Hills Elementary School
Principal: Dr. Mary Kay Norton
Phone: (803) 499-3327/Fax: (803) 499-9553
School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

The new school year begins Tuesday, Aug. 17. High Hills, a proud Leader in Me School and Home of the Panthers, serves fourth- and fifth-grade students only. In order to limit the number of people in the building at one time and to continue physical distancing, a drop-in orientation will be held Monday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents may visit at their convenience to meet their child’s teachers and tour the school. Panther Pride T-shirts will be on sale. Classroom supplies and materials have been purchased for each child through Title 1; however, a few additional items may be requested by the individual teacher. You can check with your child’s teacher to see if other supplies and materials will be needed. All visitors must sign in.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Instruction begins at 7:30 a.m. Students will be marked tardy after 7:30 a.m. Parents are able to access the school through the Frierson Road gate and the S.C. 441 open-access gate. Dropoff time for car riders will begin at 6:50 a.m. when adult supervision is provided. Car riders should be dropped off and picked up at the designated area in front of the school. For your child’s safety, please do not drop students off in the school parking lot or on Frierson Road. Walkers and bike riders from base housing will be able to enter from the back gate starting at 6:50 a.m.
Hillcrest Middle School
Principal: Tarsha B. Staggers
Phone: (803) 499-3341/Fax: (803) 499-3353
School day: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

New student orientation will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. During orientation, the faculty will be introduced, an overview of the student handbook will be provided, and other important information concerning the opening days of school will be covered as well.
Open house will be held Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. All students and parents are welcome to attend.
Parent University is scheduled for Sept. 16. Questions regarding how to maneuver through Schoology, Google and our other school programs as well as information regarding student expectations will be addressed. Times are: sixth, 7 p.m.; seventh, 6 p.m.; and eighth, 5 p.m.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Dropoff time for car riders is no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Adequate supervision is not available before this time. Car riders should be dropped off and picked up in the back of the school at the student dropoff/pickup area. The entrance to the student dropoff/pickup area is on Old 521 and goes around to the back of the school. Please do not use the teacher parking lot to drop off/pick up students.
Parents are always welcome at Hillcrest Middle School. We invite our parents to visit their child’s class or have lunch with their child. Guests should report to the front office immediately upon arrival and secure a visitor’s pass.
Kingsbury Elementary School
Principal: Phillip Jackson
Phone: (803) 775-6244/Fax: (803) 775-7021

School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Kingsbury Elementary School will host an orientation program for students and parents Friday, Aug. 13, according to the following schedule: 8:30 a.m., kindergarten and third-grade students; 9:30 a.m., first- and fourth-grade students; and 10:30 a.m., prekindergarten, second- and fifth-grade students. Parents and students are asked to meet in the school cafeteria upon arrival. Classroom assignments will be posted in the commons area. Tuesday, Aug. 17, is the first day of school for grades kindergarten through five. Monday, Aug. 23, is the first day for prekindergarten students. Additional information will be shared at orientation.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: All students should be picked up and dropped off in front of the school off Kingsbury Road. Parents who need to leave their car to enter the building are asked to park in the designated parking areas and not along the curb. The prekindergarten and kindergarten dropoff/pickup location is for prekindergarten and kindergarten students only.
Lakewood High School
Principal: Dr. Maggie J. Wright
Phone: (803) 506-2700 /Fax: (803) 506-2708
School day: 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Freshmen and sophomore orientation will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center (lunch will be provided). Any new upperclassmen who would like to attend are also invited.
Upperclassmen may report directly to their respective classrooms beginning at 10:30 a.m. The orientation session will conclude at 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available in the parking lots in front of the school, fine arts center and gymnasium.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Students should not arrive or be dropped off before 8 a.m. and should be off campus no later than 4:15 p.m. Student dropoff and pickup is located in the front of the auditorium, the third entrance on Old Manning Road. The student parking area is located in the third entrance in front of the gym area. Students must complete an in-house defensive driving course before applying to get a driver’s parking decal. Due to safety concerns, the first driveway is designated ONLY for buses and is therefore off limits. Please do not use the bus driveway for student pickup or dropoff.
Lemira Elementary School
Principal: Stephanie Gregg, Ed.S
Phone: (803) 775-0658 / Fax: (803) 778-2730
School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
To kick off the school year, grade-level orientations will be held Thursday, Aug. 12. Orientation for PreK-first grade will begin at 5 p.m. Orientation for grades 2-5 will begin at 6:15 p.m. Class rosters will be available and posted. In addition, the school supply wish list for the school year has been posted on the school’s website and will be available at the orientation.
The first day of school is Aug. 17 for kindergarten through grade 5. Aug. 23 is the first day for prekindergarten. Instruction begins daily at 7:30 a.m. for all grade levels. Students should arrive on campus no earlier than 6:50 a.m. and no later than 7:30 a.m. to avoid being tardy. Chromebooks will be used for the 2021-22 school year. Students are encouraged to bring charged laptops to school on a daily basis. If you are in need of technical assistance, please call the school for technical support.
School uniforms are a requirement for Lemira Elementary students. The uniform attire consists of navy, black or khaki pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers with polo shirts. Shirts must have a collar and can be any solid color (no stripes or other patterns).
Dropoff/pickup procedures: All students may be dropped off in the morning at the traffic circle in front of the school’s entrance on Fulton Street and exit on Boulevard Road. Parents are reminded to not drop students off before 6:50 a.m. For students’ safety, parents are reminded not to drop their child off in the grassy area across the street from the school on Fulton Street. During pickup, all car riders will be dismissed through the gate under the breezeway using their car number. Each student will be provided with numbered car tags and book bag tags. Parents arriving without a car tag number will be asked to go into the office to have their credentials verified. Parents will not be allowed to walk up to the car pickup gate to retrieve students, and students will not be permitted to cross Fulton Street to walk to their rides, for safety is our No. 1 priority.
Manchester Elementary School
Principal: Maria Dantzler
Phone: (803) 452-5454
School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
The first day of school for grades kindergarten through five is Tuesday, Aug. 17. The first day for prekindergarten students is Aug. 23. Registration is open for all students. Orientation drop-in for all grades will be held Friday, Aug. 13, between 10 a.m. and noon. Each classroom teacher will send a postcard to welcome all of our students to their new classrooms.
During orientation, parents and students will have the opportunity to meet their child’s homeroom teacher, other faculty and staff members and sign up to be members of our PTA. Parents will receive Parent Portal information, bus route information, school meals information, register for car-rider pickup numbers and be issued a SSD Chromebook. All necessary school supplies will be purchased through our Title I project. The only item not provided is a student backpack.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Students may be dropped off under the awning in our parent dropoff/pickup line as early as 6:50 a.m. Student pickup begins under the awning at 2:15 p.m. In order to keep all students safe, we ask parents to remain in their cars and use their assigned parent pickup numbers when picking up students.
All students will be offered a free, nutritious breakfast from 6:50-7:20 a.m. Students must be finished with breakfast and be in their classrooms by 7:30 a.m. to avoid being tardy.
Parents are welcome to call or visit our school Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during summer hours for additional information. You may also like our Facebook page or go to our school website.
Millwood Elementary School
Principal: Cornelius B. Leach, Ed.D.
Phone: (803) 775-0648/ Fax: (803) 436-2987
School hours: 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
School information regarding prekindergarten-fifth grade will be discussed at the Meet the Teacher orientation on Friday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual school-wide drive-through Back to School Bash Supply Giveaway will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Chromebook distribution for new students in kindergarten-fifth grade will take place on Aug. 13 during the Meet the Teacher orientation event and on Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The first day of school for students in grades K-5 is Tuesday, Aug. 17. The first day for prekindergarten is Aug. 23.
Dropoff /pickup procedures: For the safety of our students, the earliest dropoff time is 7 a.m., and the latest pickup time is 2:30 p.m. Students in grades PreK, first and fifth will be dropped off and picked up at the Horseshoe across from Food Lion on Wedgefield Road. Students in grades second, third and fourth will be dropped off and picked up on Mustang Drive off Pinewood Road. If there are multiple children attending Millwood, older siblings will be dropped off and picked up with the youngest sibling in the family.
Breakfast and lunch: All students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch daily. Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. Breakfast typically ends at 7:30 a.m. Each teacher has a designated time for his or her class to eat lunch and participate in recess. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria.
Millwood Elementary School is a partner with the Southern Regional Education Board and the University of South Carolina Aiken @ Sumter. Parents and students will receive information about our partnerships during Meet the Teacher orientation and our school-wide assembly on Friday, Aug. 20.
Oakland Primary School
Principal: Joshua Campbell
Phone: (803) 499-3366 /Fax: (803) 499-3361
School day: 7:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
The school day begins daily at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. Students reporting later than 7:30 a.m. will be marked tardy. Breakfast is served daily from 6:50 to 7:20 a.m. Note: Students who wish to eat breakfast should be dropped off no later than 7:10 a.m. in order to have time to eat before going to class. Student dropoff begins at 6:50 a.m.
Class rosters will be posted Aug. 16, the day of our Back to School Orientation, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The teacher will contact you the week prior to set up a time for you to come to school for the orientation. You will also be able to purchase an Oakland T-shirt and sign up for parent pickup cards. We will also have booths set up with information regarding bus transportation and day care for before and after school care if needed. Copies of the school supply wish list can be found on the school’s website or Facebook page.
The first day of school for kindergarten and first grade is Tuesday, Aug. 17. Parents are asked to pin a small piece of paper on their child the first day of school with the child’s name, telephone number and bus numbers if applicable. If the child will be picked up daily, please indicate parent pickup or the name of the daycare that will pick the child up.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: For dropoff, please stay in the righthand lane and pull up as far as you can to a staff member if you are only dropping off. If you wish to park and walk your child to the door, please stay in the lefthand lane and park in the parent parking lot and cross to the sidewalk at either end of the parking lot. You may then walk to the door to drop off your child. An OPS staff member will assist your child to their classroom. For parent pickup, you will be issued two cards with a number specific to your child. Please make sure to have that daily to pick up your child. If you do not have the card, you will be asked to go to the main office to pick up your child. You may either wait in the line that forms from the right lane or walk up to pick your child up from a classroom located near the dropoff/pickup location.
Prekindergarten classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 23. On the first day of school, the students will receive a packet of information to share with parents. Please complete all requested forms and return them to the school the following day, especially concerning emergency contact/allergies information.
Please check the school’s website ( or the Oakland Primary School Facebook page for the supply lists and other pertinent information as we get closer to the start of the school year.
Pocalla Springs Elementary School
Principal: Michelle Curry-McBride
Phone: (803) 481-5800/Fax: (803) 481-5813
School day: 7:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
The main office has been moved and will face Bethel Church Road. It is important to register new students, prekindergarten students and kindergarten students early. Registration can take place online or at the main office, and we need to ensure that we have all paperwork for your child’s records. All registrations require the student’s birth certificate, immunization record and two proofs of address (utility bill or lease agreement, for example).
Student orientation in grades K-5 will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. according to the following schedule: 1-2 p.m. for kindergarten, first and second and 2-3 p.m. for third, fourth and fifth. Students and parents will meet teachers, view bus schedules, locate classrooms and receive other information. Kindergarten–second grades (Gate 1) will enter through the new main entrance. Third–fifth grades (Gate 2) will enter through the doors by the red flag. Chromebooks will be issued during the orientation hours for new students. The first day of school for students in K-5 is Tuesday, Aug. 17. Prekindergarten’s first day is Aug. 23, and prekindergarten orientation is Friday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m.
Late arrivals and early departures during the school year may impact student grades and the chance for perfect attendance. For late arrivals, students report to the attendance office for a tardy notice. The late-arrival entrance will be in the main office entrance. For early departures, on the morning of the early dismissal, parents must send a note to the administrators. For safety, students are released only to persons on the student’s emergency sheet and with written permission of the parent or legal guardian. Proper identification must always be presented. After 1:30 p.m., students are dismissed only with the approval of the grade-level administrator.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: To drop off students, enter (Gate 2) nearest the marquee and drop off students at the covered area past the guidance office. Dropoff time for car riders begins at 6:50 a.m. for students who wish to eat breakfast. Dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. Car riders in prekindergarten through first and their siblings are picked up at the covered area past the guidance office (dropoff area). Car riders in second through fifth (Gate 1) are picked up at the covered area behind the cafeteria.
This information is subject to change. Please visit our website, Facebook and Twitter often for the most up-to-date information.
Rafting Creek Elementary School
Principal: Brandon Wells
Phone: (803) 432-2994/Fax: (803) 425-7386
School day: 7:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
Meet-the-teacher event will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Information concerning expectations, policies and procedures, new initiatives and buses will be discussed.
Parents are encouraged to form a partnership with Rafting Creek and to participate in as many activities as their schedules will allow. We invite parents to have lunch with their children as often as possible. Please notify the office one day in advance of your plans to eat lunch. All guests must report to the office upon arrival.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Parents who transport their children to school must follow the signs to the rear dropoff point. The student dropoff is open from 7 to 7:20 a.m. daily. Please do not drop students off before 7 a.m. as there will be no supervision. Car riders reporting after 7:20 a.m. must use the front entry. Students must report to homeroom by 7:25 a.m. Students are tardy after 7:30 a.m. and must be signed in at the attendance office by an adult.
R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy
Principal: Anita L. Hunter
Phone: (803) 495-3247/Fax: (803) 495-3211
School day: 7:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.; tardy at 7:35 a.m.
Orientation for students in prekindergarten through fifth will be held Friday, Aug. 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. Students in sixth–eighth will have orientation on Aug. 13 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. During the start of each orientation, parents/guardians and students are asked to join the administration team in the gym for the welcome address and review of policies and procedures for the 2021-22 school year. Students and parents/guardians will then have an opportunity to report to the child’s assigned classroom to meet with the teacher.
School will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 2:20 p.m. Student uniforms are mandatory Monday–Thursday. Fridays, students should adhere to the Sumter School District board policy on dress code. Students in prekindergarten–eighth should wear pants, skirts or shorts that are navy blue or khaki. Students in prekindergarten–fifth should wear collared shirts, blouses or sweaters that are yellow or navy. Students in sixth–eighth should wear collared shirts, blouses or sweaters that are red or light blue.
The first day of school for kindergarten through eighth is Aug. 17. Students in prekindergarten will start on Aug. 23.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Morning dropoff time for car riders is 7-7:30 a.m. at the front entrance near the gym. The afternoon pickup location is the same as the morning dropoff. Dismissal is from 2:20-2:35 p.m.
Shaw Heights Elementary School
Principal: Dr. Melissa Morris
Phone: (803) 666-2335/Fax: (803) 666-3719
School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
The school day begins at 7:30 a.m., and the tardy bell rings at 7:40 a.m. Car riders and walkers should arrive between 7:05 and 7:15 a.m. if they would like to eat breakfast. Class rosters will be posted the morning of Aug. 16, the day of our back-to-school drop-in. Copies of the school supply wish list can be found on the school’s website or Facebook page. We have also placed copies at Walmart. The back-to-school drop-in will be held Monday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. Feel free to come by the school during this time to meet your child’s teacher, see the classroom, join the Shaw Heights Elementary PTO, purchase a Shaw Heights T-shirt and sign up for parent pickup cards. PTO dues and fees owed previously will be accepted at this time. If you have any textbooks from the previous year, please bring them with you so that we can credit your child’s account. Parents may also purchase a school T-shirt for $10 for youth sizes and $15 for adult sizes as well as ACE water bottles for $3.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: Dropoff time for car riders will begin at 7:05 a.m. when adult supervision is provided. Car riders should be dropped off and picked up at the designated area to the left of the school in front of the cafeteria. Please do not drop off or pick up in front of the school; this area is designated for buses only.
Sumter High School
Principal: Nicholas Pearson
Phone: (803) 481-4480/Fax: (803) 481-4021
School day: 8:40 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Sumter High School will host its Freshman and New Student Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 11, according to the following schedule: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Session I), students with last names beginning A-L; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Session II), students with last names beginning with M-Z. Students will meet the administration team in the Sumter High School Gymnasium at the start of each session followed by a transition into the Commons Area and to their respective classrooms. Freshman and new students to Sumter High School will receive their schedules at orientation. Orientation will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Parking will be available in the front of campus using Gate 1 and at the rear of campus using Gate 5.
Students in grades 10–12 may pick up schedules Thursday and Friday, Aug. 12-13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front of the guidance office in the commons.
All Sumter High students new to the district and new freshmen need to have their student identification cards taken. All students must pay class fees during the first two weeks of school. Class fees are $10 for all students. Students or their parents must pay for lost or damaged textbooks from the past year before any additional textbooks can be issued to a student. All checks for fees should be made payable to Sumter High School. Fees can be paid at orientation or see the bookkeeper to pay during regular building hours.
Drop-off/pick-up procedures: Parents who drive their children to school should drop off students in the front of campus using Gate 1 off McCrays Mill Road no later than 8:30 a.m.; the pick-up time is no later than 4:15 p.m.
Students who drive must arrive at the designated student parking lot no later than 8:30 a.m. Permits will be issued during the first week of school. Parking permits must be obtained in person at Sumter High School in the main office. Students will need to present the vehicle registration and a valid driver license.
Wilder Elementary School
Principal: David Wright
Phone: (803) 773-5723 /Fax: (803) 778-2918
School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Tardy bell: 7:35 a.m.
Wilder Elementary School will host a back-to-school teacher orientation for all students and parents Monday, Aug. 16. Prekindergarten through second will begin at 9 a.m. followed by third through fifth at 10 a.m. Classroom assignments will be posted in several locations throughout the school. Parents and students will be invited to go directly to the classrooms.
Breakfast is served from 6:50 to 7:25 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 7:35 a.m. Office hours are 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: The horseshoe on South Main Street is the only dropoff and pickup area for car riders. Dropoff is no earlier than 7 a.m. in the front of the school. Parking spaces are provided for parents who must walk students to class or pick them up in the afternoon. If a parent has a conference, he or she should park in the parking spaces provided in the front of the school. All parents must report to the main office for a visitor pass. All walkers will enter and exit through the two gates located on South Main. (Gates are located on the picnic shelter side of South Main and at the corner of South Main and Newberry.) The student’s address will determine which gate he or she will use in the afternoon. Parents should not park along the fence or in the church parking lot. Parents should also not walk through the exit to receive children.
All daycare and bus riders report to the bus port at the end of the 100 Building on Floral Avenue. All exceptional ed. bus riders will report to the bus port on Floral Avenue (back of the school).
Willow Drive Elementary School
Principal: Jackqueline Thomas
Phone: (803) 773-5796 /Fax: (803) 778-2847
School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Willow Drive Elementary School, home of the Soaring Eagles, will host an orientation for students and their parents on Friday, Aug. 13, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Your child’s classroom teacher will contact you by Aug. 13 to schedule a time to visit and receive back-to-school information. A separate orientation for prekindergarten will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. Parents will receive bus schedule information, register for a car pickup decal and have an opportunity to join the PTO.
Classroom assignments will be posted in the front lobby of the school and displayed on each classroom door. The first day of school for kindergarten through fifth is Tuesday, Aug. 17. The first day for prekindergarten is Aug. 23.
Breakfast will be served from 6:50 to 7:30 a.m. We encourage students to be on time for school each day. Students are considered tardy at 7:35 a.m. Any parent or community stakeholder who would like to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the principal is asked to call the school to schedule.
Dropoff/pickup procedures: In the morning, all students should be dropped off using the drive-through from Willow Drive to Miller Road. This area is drive-through only. In the interest of safety, students should not be dropped off in front of the school building. Students should not report to school before 6:50 a.m. as there will not be any supervision available until that time. Parents who need to enter the building may park in a visitor parking space and come to the front office. Afternoon pickup will be in the same place where students are dropped off in the morning. All students will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m. Car riders should be picked up no later than 2:35 p.m.
Sumter Career and Technology Center
Principal: Dr. Shirrie B. Miller
Phone: ( 803) 481-8575/Fax: (803) 481-4323
School day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sumter Career and Technology Center is a nationally certified STEM school as well as a Transform SC center, a SREB Pacesetter CTE Center and South Carolina Youth Apprenticeship member. The first day for students in grades 10–12 is Tuesday, Aug. 17. Open house for students and parents is Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Orientation for students is Thursday, Sept. 9. Morning orientation is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., and afternoon orientation is 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Student handbooks, which include school and district expectations, will be distributed on the first day of school. Parents are encouraged to review the handbooks with their children. Chromebooks will be distributed at each student’s home high school. Please check with your home high school for distribution dates.
Students walk from Sumter High School through the back gate while students from Crestwood High and Lakewood High schools are transported by bus to Sumter Career and Technology Center. The school building opens daily at 9 a.m.
Sumter County Adult Education
Director: Dr. Vanessa Smith-Canty
Phone: (803) 778-6432/Fax: (803) 775-4665
Hours of operation: Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.
Sumter Adult Education invites the public to our Community Meet and Greet Open House on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. We will host a Getting Back to School Bash on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Adult Education classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24.