About ESMS

About ESMS

Everybody dreams, but at Gadsden City Schools – we dream bigger. From a blue-ribbon elementary school to a long history of national merit scholar finalists, we reach higher in academics.

ESMS Mission Statement

The mission statement of Emma Sansom Middle School is to strive for excellence in education through academic standards, individualized education plans, and fulfillment of the socialization to develop independent thinkers and law-abiding citizens in an ever-changing society.

History of Emma Sanson High School

Emma Sansom High School opened in January of 1929. Emma Sansom High School’s  first  graduating class was in 1931. The last graduating class of Emma Sansom High School was in 2006, the reason for this being the high schools in the Gadsden City School School District were consolidated into one, Gadsden City High School. The middle school that was once known as General Forrest Middle School moved up to the former Emma Sansom High School building, and is now known as Emma Sansom Middle School. The school still features several archives from the high school including: the Wall of Fame, trophy cases, Valedictory Wall, and a museum of Emma Sansom. The building still features: two scientific laboratories, three computer laboratories, a large Home Ec. department, a large gym for physical education, and a large  cafeteria.

School Information

Sharon Maness – Principal
Craig Hines – Assistant Principal
Elaine Stephens – Guidance
Emma Sansom Middle School is a two level building located along a prominent highway. This site was established in 1931. In 1977, the building was partially burned and was rebuilt.

The school is under the instructional and administrative leadership of a Principal, Assistant Principal, Counselor, thirty-two (32) classroom teachers, a secretary and bookkeeper. Additional faculty includes a media specialist, four (4) teachers of learning disability, band director, choral/music director, art teacher, strings conductor, and two (2) technology education teachers. Our Fine Arts Program is second to none. Over 1/2 of our students participate in Band, Choral, Art or Strings.

The instructional program is based on the middle school concept of blocks of time consisting of, but not limited to pre-algebra, advanced language, advanced math, advanced reading, show choir and honors band. We have a modified schedule for all 6th grade students. We believe that it is in their best interest to slowly integrate them to Middle School. Additional programs consist of Junior Beta Club, JUNA, Chess Club, Future Educators of America and Builders’ Club.

Calendar of Events

Featured News

Girls STEM Camp

Girls Who STEM Camp

GIRLS WHO STEM Camp: A Summer Learning Opportunity Gadsden City Schools and Gadsden State Community College recently collaborated to host the 1st GIRLS WHO STEM

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Happy Retirement

Retirees Honored

Retirement Tea held at the Board of Education for our recent retirees.  Congratulations to all. Jean Gramling Deidra Holland   Tony Reddick Gerii Jackson Jean

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