239 reviews
  1. Aiken County Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    D-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Address
232 East Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Telephone
(803) 641-2600

South Aiken High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1120
120 responses
Average ACT
25
64 responses
AP Enrollment
18%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
61%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
44%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Homecoming, Prom, Relay for Life
    33%
  • Make A Wish, Relay For Life, Homecoming
    28%
  • Veteran day program, christmasBand concert
    18%
  • None, its the same every year which gets boring
    13%
  • Chorus concerts, drama productions
    10%
  • Homecoming
    0%
  • Pep rallies
    0%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,443
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,073
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.1%
48%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,588/ year
National
$11,890
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses

South Aiken High School Reviews

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The administration at SAHS introduced Power Hour this year. This seems to have helped with students receiving additional help from teachers, access to computers, and time for homework. However, more emphasis needs to be placed on the development of writing skills. Teachers need to utilize the computer systems for posting classwork, notes, schedules, grades, etc. The school website needs to include information for each of the clubs (i.e., purpose, meeting times/dates, agendas, etc.)

The facility itself is dated and is in need of renovations/enlargement. Science lab equipment is inadequate. More computer equipment needs to be available for students. Lockers are so small that students can't fit books and coats in the locker at the same time. The athletic facilities are subpar (weight room, baseball locker rooms and bathrooms, etc.)
While there are always exceptions, most of the teachers at my school do just a hair above the bare minimal. This is especially prevalent with teachers that have less challenging classes and the freshman. Teachers had no given authority over the students which lead to class often being unruly. This discouraged many teachers from continuing to try and hurt the few students that were there to increase their knowledge. In most of the AP classes offered, teachers put in more effort, but several of the teachers didn't have adequate understanding of their subject to be able to teach it.
South Aiken has been the home for my educational growth for the past four years, it has offered me rigorous academic opportunities as well as the chance to participate in many extracurricular activities. I would recommend a few technological updates, but all together South
Aiken has been a wonderful place to grow and learn as a student.