Welcome to South Aiken High School for the 2021-2022 school year! We have been tested and tried as a Thoroughbred Family in ways we could never have imagined prior to March of 2020, but the experience and growth we have experienced can’t be overstated. As we begin this 2021-2022 school year I want to encourage all of you to remember those experiences and use them as motivation to achieve great things in the future!
South Aiken High School experienced a tremendous 2020-2021 school year despite the unusual circumstances thanks to the faculty and staff, students, parents, and community members who once again worked collaboratively to ensure our school wide success. South Aiken graduated 76 seniors who completed their Career and Technical Education Pathway. This means that those 76 seniors are considered Career Ready and are prepared to enter the workforce in various fields such as Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Cyber Security, Diesel Technology, Health Science, and Welding just to name a few. As an Advanced Placement (AP) Academy South Aiken once again saw tremendous participation in AP courses to the tune of 494 students enrolled in one or more AP courses. There are currently 23 AP courses available to South Aiken students allowing students to choose the AP course that fits their strengths. Our other student accomplishments included graduating yet another cohort from the Governor’s School Accelerate Program, our Navy JROTC received the Distinguished Unit Accommodation while also sweeping the podium for the CSRA Junior and Senior Cadet of the Year, and also establishing Aiken County’s first Girls Go Cyber team. These accomplishments are just a small percentage of the stellar outcomes that have become the norm at South Aiken and the foundation for our future greatness!
Understanding and demonstrating that All Means ALL is a big task and for the 2021-2022 school year South Aiken will continue live up to the challenge in a number of ways. We will continue to operate as an AP Academy with the understanding that AP courses are not only for the student who wants to attend college, but rather for all students who want to accept the challenge and better prepare for post-secondary success no matter their pathway. We are also adding this year a partnership with Aiken Technical College to offer Juniors the opportunity to earn a Nuclear Fundamentals Certificate, while Juniors and Seniors can earn a Production Operator Certificate. South Aiken will also continue the fundamental work of focusing on Literacy in every classroom and in every subject because we understand that the ability to read, write and speak are critical components in an individual’s success in life. Lastly, we will continue our efforts to provide the South Aiken community with an instructionally superior school where all students are valued and challenged to be the best version of themselves while ensuring our students don’t just know but fully understand that success can be achieved in a variety of ways and that we are here to help each student on their path.
The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate requires that graduates demonstrate World-Class Knowledge, World-Class Skills, and the necessary Character for Life and Careers. The diverse opportunities that South Aiken continues to provide and add to is why our graduates are reflecting the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and why we can continue to say All Means ALL . It is through intentional effort that we are preparing our graduates to Achieve, Learn, and Lead! So once again I welcome you to South Aiken High School and I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to grow and develop as a member of the South Aiken Family and hold us accountable to…All Means ALL.
Samuel A. Fuller
South Aiken High School