Welcome to South Aiken High School for the 2022-2023 school year! This school year reminds me of my first year as principal at South Aiken because it truly feels like a new beginning. We had our challenges last school year, but the experience and growth we have experienced can’t be overstated. As we begin this 2022-2023 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 another tremendous year in 2021-2022 school year despite the numerous challenges 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 421 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 accomplishments included athletic region championships & playoff appearances, our Navy JROTC swept the podium for the CSRA Junior and Senior Cadet of the Year, excelling in the CyberPatriot competition, and a State Runner-Up in the SkillsUSA Welding Sculpture Competition. 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 2022-2023 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 continuing our partnership with Aiken Technical College and USC Aiken to offer dual enrollment opportunities. South Aiken will also continue to focus on Career & College Readiness by ensuring that ALL students can be considered one of the four “E’s”; Employed in the career of their choice, Enrolled in 2 year or 4 year college/university, Enlisted in a United States Military branch, or an Entrepreneur starting their own business. 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