Dr. Sean Alford



Degrees and Certifications:

The Citadel-Bachelor of Science in Education; The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee-Master of Science in Educational Administration; The University of South Carolina-Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership; The University of South Carolina-Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Dr. Sean Alford

We are excited that you've chosen Aiken County and are grateful you've decided to join us on our Path to Premier. We know that today, we are closer to our goal of becoming the premier school district in our state. We have many things to celebrate here in Aiken County.

Here are just some of our recent accomplishments:

  • Sherida Stroman, lead student service worker and McKinney-Vento liaison, was named Person of the Year by The Aiken Standard.
  • We established common learning expectations for all students through a teacher-generated, guaranteed and viable curriculum.
  • Teacher and school leaders worked to establish a framework of common expectations and instructional practice.
  • The percentage of primary students meeting proficiency expectations in literacy and numeracy has increased.
  • Our accelerated students are served every day, in all core subject areas, Grades three through 12.
  • Eighth-grade students now have access to Algebra I and Geometry.
  • We have quadrupled the number of registered youth apprenticeships for high school students in just twelve months.   
  • Our high schools experienced an 81-percent increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams administered. North Augusta High School and Ridge Spring-Monetta High School saw an increase in AP exams administered of over 100 percent.  
  • We have a district-wide standard for instructional technology in every elementary school classroom and we are on pace to complete middle and high schools this year.
  • We now offer extended day programs in every elementary school and three middle schools.
  • We have increased opportunities for teacher leadership – both formal and informal.
  • We hosted our second District Arts Festival.
  • We worked together with Teacher Forum to produce a calendar that gives more time for teacher planning and workdays.
  • We have increased equitable world language options for students across the district.
  • We expanded our recognition of stellar professionals who now represent the District as Teacher of the Year, our First Year Teachers of the Year, Giving Even More award winners and Principal of the Year. 
  • We have dedicated a new school and renovated others.
  • We have upgraded athletics facilities across the District.
  • We have an award-winning Adult Education program.

Great things are taking place across Aiken County Public Schools. Our teachers are the backbone of our organization. Led by their passion and professionalism, we will soar to even greater heights. Our students receive more support now than ever. We are challenging them to supply their best effort each day in our classrooms and they are responding to those higher expectations.

With the continued support and trust of our community, we look forward to the many great things our District will accomplish, and goals our teachers and students will reach and surpass this school year. I am thrilled to be a part of this terrific ONE TEAM, and wish everyone all the best in their continued pursuit of personal and academic excellence.

Dr. Sean Alford

Aiken County Public Schools Superintendent


Supervision: A Comprehensive Review of 2017-18 Superintendent Goals & Results

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ONE: A Comprehensive Review of 2015-16 Superintendent Goals & Results

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Synergy: A Comprehensive Review of 2016-17 Superintendent Goals & Results

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2018-19 "Why I Teach" Editorial Series

2017-18 "Future-Ready" Editorial Series

2016-17 "All Means All" Editorial Series

Entry Plan & Recommendations

  • Entry Plan

    Upon his entry into the school district in the 2015-16 school year, Dr. Sean Alford presented an entry plan to establish and outline a set of activities that served as a guide to his transition into the school district while encouraging stakeholder engagement and fostering a passion for teaching, learning and partnership development. The plan provided the framework for his first 100 days as superintendent and the following months through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.

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  • Path Forward Recommendations

    Following his first 100-days as superintendent in the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Sean Alford and his Cabinet brought forward 28 recommendations for board approval. The recommendations are detailed in the linked document and are intended to propel Aiken County Public Schools on a path forward to a premier school district.

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