Return to Headlines

New Aiken Intermediate School is ready to welcome first sixth graders

School district officials, along with School Board, government and community members, dedicated the school – the former Aiken Middle School – on Tuesday afternoon.

The school is the first and only school in the district to focus solely on the education of sixth graders, giving them a year to make the transition from elementary school to middle school. The school is one of three sixth-grade only intermediate schools in South Carolina.

“There is a buzz of excitement about the opportunities that are ahead for the students of Aiken Intermediate School,” said Principal Denise McCray, the former principal at Schofield Middle School. “AIS is focused on meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of sixth graders. This is an important transition. We will equip them with the tools to be successful as they move forward.

“We just want to thank you for giving us this opportunity to make this happen – for us to make history and for us to make this the best sixth-grade experience any kid could ever dream to have.”

In her remarks, Rosemary English called the dedication a “wonderful occasion.”

“I am excited to be here today. I am excited to welcome you today. But I am even more excited for the students who will be coming because they will have an opportunity to explore, to discover, to design, to create,” she said.


Aiken Intermediate School has been branded the “Home of the Explorers.” The new logo features Explorer, the school's mascot, facing outward to a world ready for exploration and discovery.

Click here to read the full Aiken Stardard article.

Larry Wood/ Aiken Standard