Durham Middle School

Dr. Patricia Alford, Principal

Matt Schaefer, AP 6/7  | Sandy Cox, AP 7/8  | Dominique Terens, SSA

2891 Mars Hill Road
Acworth, Georgia 30101
Phone: (770) 975-6641
Fax: (770) 975-6643

Welcome to Durham Middle School

School Hours & Important Transportation Info

8:50 AM - 4:15 PM

  1. The building opens to students at 7:50 AM. There is no supervision available before this time. Please help us keep our students safe by dropping off AFTER 7:50 AM each morning!
  2. It is highly recommended that students arrive early (before 8:50) only if they have a specific reason (appointment with teacher, intramurals, etc.).
  3. All car-riders should be off campus by 4:30 each day.
  4. Please send a note in with your student if an early check-out is required or you are making any transportation changes for the day other than your normal arrangements.
  5. Early dismissals are accepted until 3:45 pm. If you arrive to check out your student AFTER 3:45 pm, please accept our apologies but we will not be able to call into the classroom. Students will be dismissed at the normal 4:15 pm dismissal time.
  6. All last-minute transportation changes must be completed by 3:45 pm to ensure we have adequate time to communicate this with your student. For safety reasons, no transportation changes will be announced at the end of the day.

2016-17 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251and SB10) transfers for the 2016-2017 school year. Individual schoolcapacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2016 on the District website.

 For more information, please see our
2016-17 School Choice webpage.

The web address for the link is:

We are so proud of our Durham students who serve as Student Ambassadors with the Acworth Business Association.

Don't forget to order your 2015-2016 DMS Yearbook!
Enter School Code: 1026
Yearbooks are only sold through pre-orders.


3rd Annual Durham Derby
May 7, 2016

Click here to register for the 5K Road Race and 1 Mile Fun Run

Interested in being a business sponsor for our race?
Click here for the 5K Derby Sponsorship Form-2016.pdf

See below for the NEEDED projects your funds will help us to accomplish at Durham. Help us reach our goal to raise $10,000.00!

School Council Meeting Dates for 2015-2016

  • September 30, 2015
  • October 22, 2015
  • December 2, 2015
  • January 27, 2016
  • March 16, 2016
  • April 20, 2016

All meetings are held at 8AM in the front office conference room.

Durham Middle School's new Partner in Education
Blake Cooper Productions
May 6 - 8, 2016

Auditions: January 25, 27 & 29, 2016 4:30-6:30 PM Durham Theater
Cast List Announced Via Email: January 31, 2016

Click here to download a packet. For more information, visit www.bcprod.org.

Know anyone celebrating a birthday?

Support the Durham Foundation by purchasing a Happy Birthday message on our school marquee for any student, staff, or faculty member for just $25.00.

Complete this form - Happy Birthday - and submit it to our front office at least 24 hours before you would like the name posted.

Outstanding Teachers of the Month!

September - Mrs. Kathryn Daniell
October - Mrs. Debbie Ball
November - Mr. Tim Vedra
December - Mrs. Michele Willis
January - Mrs. Christine Price
February - TBA
March - TBA
April - TBA
May - TBA

With YOUR Support, the Durham Foundation has some BIG PLANS for INNOVATION in 2016!

In October 2015, the Durham Foundation, School Council, members of our PTSA, and several Durham Faculty members toured the Georgia Department of Education's 21st Century Model Classroom at the Center for Classroom Innovation.

The Durham Foundation has COMMITTED to bringing a 21st Century Classroom Space to Durham this year!

What is a 21st Century Classroom?
A re-designed collaborative classroom environment with flexible furniture that supports learning in a variety of groupings while also utilizing technology.

Traditional classrooms are designed for students to focus on the teacher. As we prepare students for more complex life and work environments, a 21st Century Classroom promotes a focus on self-directed and collaborative learning, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. It also allows for technology tools where students can create with video, audio, text, and images in order to build stronger thinking and problem solving skills.

This requires FLEXIBLE furniture that can be rearranged quickly and with ease, allowing students to switch rapidly between individual and groups, presenation, communication, and collaborative modes.

Students need a range of functional and critical thinking skiills related to information, media, and technology. In addition, the employment industry is seeking employees who are able to work without supervision, in diverse groups. A 21st Century Classroom helps students build the capacity for self-directed learning, collaboration, and appropriate social interaction, while also building leadership skills as well as social and cultural-awareness.

So instead of this...

A 21st Century Classroom looks like this...

With the funds already collected, the DMS Foundation has begun to bring this type of classroom space to Durham. Currently, we have only 1/3 of the funds necessary to complete this project.

If you have not yet made a tax-deductable donation to the DMS Foundation, please consider doing so. Your funds will have an IMMEDIATE and FUTURE impact on your children and all students at Durham Middle School.

Or...if your business would like to sponsor our 3rd Annual Durham Derby 5K Road Race and 1 mile Fun Run on May 7, 2016, this is another way you can donate! The Durham Derby is our primary Foundation Fundraiser each year! Your sponsorships make a difference!

Help Durham when you shop at Kroger or Publix.
here for details

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