Principal's WelcomeKelly Hellams, Principal



It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Principal of Summit Drive Elementary!  

Our school is helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the Graduate by providing a challenging learning environment infused with a project-based curriculum.  Our motto reflects the vision of our school – “Summit Drive, Peak of Innovation.” We believe our rigorous, technology-rich curriculum will prepare every student for successful engagement in the 21st Century.

Summit Drive Elementary achieved an absolute rating of Excellent on our school report card for the past five years. . Although our students perform well, our challenge is to find ways to enhance the educational experience to meet the specific needs of both our high-performing learners as well as our struggling learners. We work to do this through hands on learning, project based activities and implementation of the Inclusion Model.

Parental and community involvement is essential for our continued success. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Improvement Council (SIC) are actively involved in our decision making. Our PTA and staff share the same vision by providing our students with the necessary tools and support for success.  We have collaboratively funded technology in the classrooms, a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) program and an active running club.  We are a CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health) school with emphasis on wellness and nutrition. Our school has been recognized and awarded a grant by LiveWell Greenville for our efforts towards health and wellness.  Summit Drive Elementary has been awarded the Safe Schools Award by Safe Kids of the Upstate for the past ten years.  We are also developing a garden club that will teach children a hands-on approach to healthy living.  Students at Summit Drive are taught leadership skills through the Seven Habits of Happy Kids and learn skills that will enable them to be successful leaders in life. We have recently become a Leader in Me School and this will continue to build a positive climate within our school and community.

 All classrooms are fully equipped with Promethean Boards and student laptops. Grade level teachers meet weekly to collaboratively develop lesson plans and common assessments. Test data is analyzed by teachers and administration for the purpose of student achievement. We are proud of our strong school community and rich traditions at Summit Drive. It is our mission to provide our students with a safe and caring learning environment that will prepare them for a successful future.

I am deeply committed to continuing the excellent academic programs, rich traditions, and the outstanding school climate that exists at Summit Drive Elementary. 

Through a close and collegial partnership, I am confident that we will continue the path of success for the children of Summit Drive Elementary.   If there is anything I can do to assist you, please feel free to contact me.


Mrs. Kelly Hellams