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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Aiken High School is a public school located in Aiken, SC. It has 1,432 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.
Address
449 Rutland Drive
Aiken, SC 29801
Telephone
(803) 641-2500

Aiken High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1120
111 responses
Average ACT
24
69 responses
AP Enrollment
11%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$54,442
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$860
National
$949
Median Home Value
$175,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
45%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Sidewalk Art Day
    26%
  • Friday Night Football Games
    14%
  • Marching Band Season
    12%
  • Senior Picnic
    11%
  • Cook out
    9%
  • Prom
    7%
  • College Day
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,432
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$55,069
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.4%
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,425/ year
National
$12,239
64%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Aiken High's English and History courses were absolutely astounding. I was always in Honors and AP courses, so I was therefore offered "better" education. The teachers who taught those courses obviously enjoyed their job and made learning a lot more fun than in a standard CP class; I was in CP classes for other subjects, so I was exposed to different learning environments. Other subjects...did not do so well in teaching me in my opinion. Science and math especially. Teachers would admit to previously preferring another career, or make excuses as to why they couldn't come to school for weeks or even months at a time. I missed out on a lot of math education, and it effected my SAT and ACT scores. What I'm trying to say is.. Aiken High did not prepare me well in times of teachers' unavailability. I was left behind and still pay the price as I lack some basic skills in some areas. The school seemed to pride themselves more on sports rather than education.
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For me, Aiken High School was not a very good school to attend. The teachers were good and a few classes they have available can teach you quite a few things. However, there is a lot that needs to change. There needs to be a better selection of food, the teachers need more leeway to tech their subject, the school needs to feel like a school and less like a penitentiary, and the facilities and number of clubs can be better. It's a nice school, but look elsewhere first.
What I liked about Aiken High was some of my teacher cared a lot about me and also one of the guidance counselor help me out starting the process for filling out application for college we don't have a computer at home, at home so she went above and beyond to help me. I also like the fact that I was able to use the computers in the library as well. What I think could improve is more parents being involved is sad that alot of my friend parents did not attend meeting sport events or anything to support their children I think the school need to do more to get parents involved. Also the food is horrible they need help bad.