Willow Drive Elementary School 

Principal: Jackqueline Thomas 

Address: 26 Willow Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 

Phone: (803) 773-5796 Fax: (803) 778-2847

School Day:  7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. 


Willow Drive Elementary School, home of the Soaring Eagles, will host a back to school bash/orientation for all students and their parents in preschool and kindergarten through 5th grades on Monday, July 31, 2023, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.   A “Jump Start Camp” will be held for our kindergarten students and their parents on July 31 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.  Kindergarten teachers will make parental contact by July 28 with more information about the Jump Start Camp.  Parents will meet the classroom teacher, receive bus schedule information, register for a car pick- up decal, and have an opportunity to join the PTO.  The first day of school for first through fifth grades is Thursday, August 3.  The first day for prekindergarten and kindergarten students is Thursday, August 10. 

Breakfast will be served each morning from 6:50 to 7:30 a.m. beginning August 3, 2023.  Students should not report to school before 6:50 a.m., as there will not be supervision available until that time. We highly encourage students to be on time for school each day.  Students are considered tardy at 7:30 a.m. and must be brought into the front office by an adult to be signed in when tardy.  Office hours are from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures:  There are two areas available for students to be dropped off in the mornings and picked up if they are car riders.  The front drive-thru area is for students in grades first, second, and third.  The side drive-thru area (near big playground) is for students in kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grades. If your student has a sibling, then all can be dropped off or picked up at the drive-thru of the youngest sibling.  In the interest of safety, students should not be dropped off at the front door of the school building.  Afternoon pickup will be in the same location where students are dropped off in the mornings. Students will be dismissed by 2:15 p.m.  Car riders should be picked up no later than 2:35 p.m.