Aiken County Public School District

Achieving Excellence

  • With engaged and capable teachers and staff, a shared vision to nurture and support students, and community partnerships that enhance the academic, career and extra-curricular opportunities for all, Aiken County Public School District is THE choice for public school education in the Central Savannah River Area.

Celebrating The Class of 2020; #ACPSD2020Grads

  • Aiken County Public Schools' High School Graduations are being held on Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. in each high school's football stadium. To protect the safety of our students, staff members and families amid COVID-19 concerns, tickets are limited and strict social distancing protocols will be in place. In an effort to accomodate the numerous family members and friends who are eager to witness our students graduate, ceremonies will be live-streamed and recorded. A special thank you to this year's Presenting Sponsor Rhodes Graduation Services. 

    THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020: Midland Valley High School, North Augusta High School, and Silver Bluff High School students graduate at 10:00 a.m. Click on the logo of the high school ceremony of your choice below to watch live. 

    Click here for Midland Valley High School         Click here for North Augusta High School      Click here for Silver Bluff High School

    FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020: Aiken High School, South Aiken High School, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School, and Wagener-Salley High School students graduate at 10:00 a.m. Click on the logo of the high school ceremony of your choice below to watch live. 

     Click here for Aiken High School         Click here for South Aiken High School         Click here for Ridge Spring-Monetta High School         Click here for Wagener-Salley High School

Thank You to our Graduation Presenting Sponsor

  • We wish to extend a sincere thank you to Rhodes Graduation Services for continuing to be a Presenting Sponsor for Aiken County Public Schools graduations! Without the generous support of community partners such as Rhodes Graduation Services, graduation ceremonies for our seven high schools would not be possible. We are especially grateful this year, as circumstances have changed, however, we are still able to host in-person ceremonies. Presenting Sponsors support our graduation ceremonies with a donation of $10,000 or more.  

    Rhodes Graduation Services is a family-owned and operated business that has been representing Jostens since 1975. With more than 40 staff members and four office locations across South Carolina and Florida, Rhodes is the largest Jostens representative in the U.S., providing rings and graduation supplies to more than 40,000 students annually.

    Follow Rhodes Graduation Services on Facebook and Twitter. or visit Rhodesgraduation.com for more information! 

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A Statement from the Heart of our Superintendent

  • Part of Aiken County Public Schools’ stated mission is to establish a culture of quality defined by integrity, optimism, unity, and service. Our nation is hurting right now, and it seems as if optimism and unity are as far away as I have ever seen. Restoring optimism and establishing unity will require integrity and a servant's heart. Restoration begins with all of us having the courage to be honest about our own biases and to recognize that we are shaped by the experiences of our own journeys. I am not color blind. I could not have served as an educator for more than three decades without recognizing the struggles that so many of my students experienced and continue to experience with poverty and prejudice. I know that injustices such as what we are again witnessing have a deep and profound impact on our students and their families.

    I join hands with my many friends, neighbors, and colleagues in love and solidarity and with a true desire to see our nation and its communities healed. I pray that we will see beyond our own experience and recognize the role we must all play in disrupting racism and repelling the hate and oppression that continue to surface in our society. I recognize the power in education to catapult families from poverty and to propel us forward. I am committed to protecting the rights and dignity of each employee, student and family with a goal to work as One Team of varied colors, talents, and gifts in service to our community.  

June 2, 2020, Board of Education Meeting

  • The Aiken County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting for public input on the budget on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, however social distancing and other precautions will be taken to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Announcements

  • NUTRITIONAL RESOURCES - As the 2019-20 School Year comes to a close and our District prepares and delivers the last meal bags to students on Tuesday, June 2, Aiken County Public Schools has extended its nutrition services throughout the summer months. In partnership with the USDA, the Seamless Summer Program will provide free meals to all children 18 years old and younger at 18 designated sites located throughout the county.

    A grab-and-go meal bag containing breakfast and lunch will be available Monday-Thursday June 8th-July 31st for pick-up from 10:30 a.m.-noon at Aiken Elementary, Belvedere Elementary, Byrd Elementary, Chukker Creek Elementary, Clearwater Elementary, Busbee Elementary, East Aiken School of the Arts, Gloverville Elementary, Graniteville Elementary, Greendale Elementary, Hammond Hill Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Mossy Creek Elementary, North Aiken Elementary, Oakwood-Windsor Elementary, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary, Warrenville Elementary, and Jackson STEM Middle Magnet.

    A parent/guardian must accompany elementary and middle school-aged children while picking up lunches. Additionally, any adult may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.75. Free adult meals are available to those 19 years and older who have a physical or mental disability and are enrolled in school.

    Details about community organizations providing food to families in need will be located on our website acpsd.net under the Nutritional Resources tab of the Community Channel. Community organizations offering free meals to students and families are encouraged to email communications@acpsd.net to be included in that directory.

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  • 2020 DR. NANCY SMITH-MANN GRANT APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE - As a memorial to Dr. Nancy Smith-Mann, the Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is sponsoring the annual teacher “Wish List” grant in her name. Dr. Nancy Smith-Mann was a pillar in the Aiken County educational system and was dedicated to improving opportunities for many. Dr. Nancy Smith-Mann encouraged educators to be creative and innovative in their teaching techniques. In her memory, please take the opportunity to describe your “Wish List” item and submit the simple grant application. The Phi Chapter will award a total of four (4) grants in the amount of $200 each. The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2020. Please click on the words "2020 Grant Application" to access the form, or visit the “Grants & Other Opportunities” page on acpsd.net (under I Am … An Employee).

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  • ONLINE STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR IS UNDERWAY - Aiken County Public Schools' online rolling student registration for all new and returning students is underway. Parents and guardians of new ACPS students, those who are applying to ACPS Pre-Kindergarten programs and incoming Kindergarten students should click on the words "New Student Registration" to be directed to the new ACPSD student registration page. 

    For parents and guardians of all returning ACPS students, the best way to register online is to click on the words "PowerSchool Parent Portal" to access the link to 2020-21 online registration, which will be located at the bottom left of the page. Simply click the “Returning Student Registration 2020-2021” link to get started.

    Parents who need to set up a Parent Portal account should reach out to their current school for information on how to access the parent portal account. Student Information Clerks will support parents and guardians. Parents and guardians may click on the words "school zone locator" to find their student's zoned school.

    We are looking forward to a terrific 2020-21 school year, and to welcoming back teachers, staff members and students to our respective campuses. Parents and guardians please take advantage of our online student registration as soon as possible.

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  • A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT KING LAURENCE REGARDING 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS - Aiken County Public Schools families, in considering alternative ways to celebrate the Class of 2020 during this pandemic, we surveyed our graduating seniors, their families, and friends for their input and ideas. We are certainly grateful that more than 2,000 individuals provided feedback and we appreciate the innovative and very thoughtful ideas shared.

    Many of you suggested an option of each high school hosting ceremonies in their own football stadiums with strict social distancing protocols in place, limited guests, and virtual streaming. In discussion with our high school principals, we believe that suggestion to be the best option to celebrate this year’s graduates while protecting their safety.

    Additional details on each high school’s individual ceremony are forthcoming, but we can share that all high schools will host their graduation in their own football stadiums on the previously designated dates of June 4th and 5th. All ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m.

    Please note that due to COVID-19, additional precautions will be implemented and strictly enforced. In an effort to ensure social distancing and meet the state department’s recommended guidelines, each graduate will receive two tickets and tickets will be required for admittance into the stadiums. All ceremonies will also be live-streamed and recorded.

    We look forward to honoring our seniors through these official ceremonies as we continue to explore additional opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2020.

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  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAM INFORMATION AND RESOURCES - For the most up-to-date information and resources available for 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exams please click on the words "2020 AP Exams" to be directed to the AP Exams Information and Support Page on our District website.

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  • NOT GETTING ACPSD'S PHONE CALLS ? - Our calling system pulls information directly from PowerSchool, our student information system from student registration. If you are not getting phone calls, please first call the opt-out hotline at (855) 502-7867 from the phone you should be getting calls from. It is an automated system and will take less than two minutes to opt back in. Some families accidentally opt out. And, if you switched phone carriers, but kept the same number, a number of carriers automatically opt you out from receiving automated calls. If you are not able to opt back in by calling the number above, please contact the school to be sure that they have a working phone number for your family.

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  • ACPSD PHONE MESSAGES REPEATING? - Several parents/guardians have made us aware that our phone messages repeat after five seconds. The automated calling system is prompted to restart if a sound is made on the receiver's line (this allows for messaging to be delivered to answering machines). Parents/guardians experiencing this issue are encouraged to mute their phone when they receive an automated call from our District. This should eliminate background noise/sound and correct the issue.

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  • NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION - Understanding that parents/guardians, teachers, and staff have concerns about the widely-publicized new or “novel” coronavirus, COVID-19, and how this new family of viruses could impact our community and public schools, our district administration wants to ensure you are made aware of preventative efforts and procedures in place related to this public health concern. Please visit our webpage devoted to sharing updates, prevention details and other information by clicking on the words "Coronavirus Prevention & Updates." 

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Attributes of Premier Students

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Our Flags Today

  • Our flags fly at half-staff upon the death of principal figures as a mark of respect for their memory as ordered by the President and/or Governor. Click here for more information on our flag status today. In many instances, students are responsible for participating in or conducting flag-related exercises. While a great responsibility and honor for our students, we believe that it also helps build a sense of patriotism and civic pride.

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