• About acGATEWAY-

    2022 acGateway is open to CURRENT Aiken County Public School students in grades 3-12. It is an intensive summer arts opportunity for your child! acGATEWAY is designed to serve students who excel in the visual and performing arts. The program offers theater, creative writing, dance, music, and visual arts. Creative writing is only open to middle and high school students.

    Students will spend about 30 days of their summer, Monday through Friday, completely immersed in their arts area. Middle/High students outside of the Theater discipline may have the opportunity to participate in a theater “Production” as well. At the end of the program, performing arts students will present their work in a showcase on stage, and visual arts students will have their artwork set up gallery-style for all to see. All students will receive a grade for their work in the program and must maintain at least a C average in the acGATEWAY program to continue to attend in following years. Students who have completed grades 8-11 will receive one honors fine arts credit for their work in Gateway. This credit can only be awarded once.

    acGATEWAY is a high-paced program, where students accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Classes are intense and require focus and dedication. In order to preserve the integrity of the program, the rules and policies laid out in this document have been established and are expected to be upheld by students and guardians alike. Please read this entire document carefully before completing an application to participate in the program.
    All students who were accepted into program in past years will be eligible to participate this year and will not be required to re-audition. ALL students, returning or new, are required to submit an application. If though, a student desires to change disciplines, re-auditioning for their new discipline is a requirement.

    Every school has a school-based acGateway coordinator to assist your child with the application process.  They are available to help answer questions and about applications.

    Please review the application, and contact acGATEWAY Director Mabry MacGregor with further questions.  mmacgregor@acpsd.net

    Dates for the program are as follows-

    Tuesday, November 16th – Application Available via District Website and School-Based Coordinators

    Tuesday, December 14th – Applications Due Virtually via District Website or In-Person to School-Based Coordinators

    Monday, January 10th – Audition Times Sent Via Mail

    Saturday, January 29th – Auditions @ Kennedy Middle School

    Wednesday, February 9th – Audition Results Released via Mail

    Friday, March 11th – Permission to Attend Paperwork Due

    Monday, June 6th – Move-In Day for Staff @ Kennedy Middle School

    Tuesday, June 7th – First Day for Students @ Kennedy Middle School

    Monday, July 4th – Independence Day – No acGATEWAY

    Tuesday, July 19th – Last Day for Elementary Students – Elementary Showcase – 7PM

    Wednesday, July 20th – Middle/High Showcase – 7PM.

    Thursday, July 21st – Middle/High Program Ends – Middle/High Student Half Day – Staff Move-Out Day


  • Audition Process and Expectations:

    Auditions are an important part of the acGateway program. All students must audition for their chosen discipline, and each arts area has different requirements. Due to time limitations we cannot hold special auditions for students who cannot make their assigned date and time. Students who wish to change disciplines must re-audition or continue within their original area of study from the previous year.

    Audition Location: Kennedy Middle School, 274 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803
    Audition Day: Saturday, January 29, 2022
    Audition Times: Each student will be notified of his or her audition time through a letter sent by the acGateway Director. The school level coordinator will also have this information.


    Audition requirements specific to each arts are were included in your application.  


    Please contact our director, Mabry MacGregor, at mmacgregor@acpsd.net with any questions, comments, or concerns.  We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your interest in our program!

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2022 acGateway Application

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acGATEWAY School Coordinators 2021-2022

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