Aiken High School in Aiken, SC - Niche

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Aiken High School is a public school in Aiken, South Carolina. It has 1,407 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 60% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 103 reviews written and they have been mixed.

449 Rutland Drive
Aiken, SC
(803) 641-2500

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3.3 from 103 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Being at Aiken High was the best move for me. This school opopened so many doors for me. I wouldn't want to go to no other high school than this one
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My AP Teacher are fantastic, but some of the CP and even honors teachers don't seem to care. Last year I even had one who just gave us a worksheet every single day and flipped through a slide show a little to fast to get notes on everything. The facilities are outdated and we don't have a whole lot of access to new technology or computers. The music program however is fantastic even though it is severely under funded. The ROTC program is fantastic as well. I just wish more funding went to the whole well being of the school or towards getting soap in the bathrooms instead of buying a new track and redoing the football field with astro turf for a team who hasn't qualified for state in several years.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My school is currently in the middle of taking down its older buildings in order to build newer, technology friendly ones, equipped with great laboratories for the science classes and classrooms with smartboards to allow teachers to teach easier. Unfortunately, the construction and deconstruction can make concentrating on my schoolwork a little more difficult. The school will not be completely finished until several years from now. The rebuilding of the school started 3 years ago, when I was a freshman. We now have a new, 2-story math and science building. However, since it will take so long to rebuild the school, I will never have the chance to not have classes in the older buildings. The cafeterias are both disgusting and some of the buildings have old sewer systems in the ceilings! It gets a little smelly in the mornings sometimes. There is a constant problem of rats in these buildings as well. There's graffiti on the walls and few bathroom stalls have working locks. On the other hand, my school has amazing teachers, all very qualified to teach the subjects provided at this school. My teachers expect hard work from their students in higher level classes, and they also find different ways to teach to get their points across so that everyone understands the material being taught. I love the diversity of classes that are offered here, and the school also sponsors a student-helper program. This allows students to assist teachers during a class, when that student would normally be in study hall. Students can also assist guidance counselors or work in the main office. The school also allows you to chooses which classes you can take. There are various fine arts classes, including drawing and painting, chorus, band, orchestra, and cooking classes. There are lots of clubs offered here, including Beta Club, Serteen Club, National Honors Society, Writers' Club, and language-based clubs. I would choose this school again based on the academics and incredible teachers.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My overall experience has not been bad. I am in the top 5% of my class but I still think that the administration lacks in areas of promoting and advocacy for the students. My school needs more school spirit on all levels.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I don't hate it but as with most things it has some room for improvement

Academics Read more about this school's academics

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School Private, Religious
3.33 Schofield Middle School Public
3.33 Aiken Preparatory School Private
St. Mary Help of Christians School Private, Religious
Mead Hall Episcopal School Private, Religious
2.33 Aiken Middle School Public
2.00 North Aiken Elementary School Public
Lloyd-Kennedy Charter School Public, Charter
Aiken Performing Arts Academy Charter School Public, Charter
2.33 East Aiken School of the Arts Public
3.33 Millbrook Elementary School Public
3.00 M.B. Kennedy Middle School Public
3.00 South Aiken High School Public
South Aiken Baptist Christian School Private, Religious
3.00 Aiken Elementary School Public
2.33 J.D. Lever Elementary School Public
2.33 Warrenville Elementary School Public
2.66 Leavelle McCampbell Middle School Public
3.00 Chukker Creek Elementary School Public
2.66 Byrd Elementary School Public
2.66 Gloverville Elementary School Public
2.66 Midland Valley Preparatory School Public, Charter
2.33 Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School Public
2.66 Midland Valley High School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.00 South Aiken High School 4 mi. 1,529
2.66 Midland Valley High School 9 mi. 1,190
3.00 North Augusta High School 15 mi. 1,430
2.66 Strom Thurmond High School 18 mi. 818
3.33 Gilbert High School 30 mi. 901

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 48%
Male 51%

Student Diversity

Aiken High School United States Gilbert High School Midland Valley High School North Augusta High School South Aiken High School Strom Thurmond High School
White 52.0% 51.0% 86.0% 67.0% 58.0% 61.0% 42.0%
African American 40.0% 15.0% 5.0% 23.0% 34.0% 27.0% 51.0%
Hispanic 4.0% 25.0% 6.0% 5.0% 5.0% 6.0% 3.0%
Multiracial 1.0% 2.8% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 3.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4.8% 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 32.3%
Grade 10 23.5%
Grade 11 23.0%
Grade 12 21.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 47% Yes
  • 40% Not sure.
  • 13% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 43% Extracurricular activities
  • 14% A caring PTSO; good band; some great teachers...
  • 14% Opportunities
  • 10% Highly qualified teachers who teach well
  • 5% Volleyball
  • 5% Culinary Arts
  • 5% Band Program
  • 5% NJROTC

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 30% People not taking their education seriously
  • 23% The facilities, administration, some teachers...
  • 17% Schoolwide ignorance in student decisions
  • 17% Too many second chances for the undisciplined
  • 7% The people
  • 7% Some just don't respect the school or teachers.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 11 responses

  • 64% How run down the facilities are
  • 27% Variety of extracurricular activities and academic
  • 9% The vatiety of academics provided.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Slowly improving
  • 14% Trying
  • 14% Disappointment
  • 14% Improving each and everyday
  • 7% Busy

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 36% Keep up with schoolwork
  • 29% Join jrotc!
  • 14% Have a sense of humor!
  • 14% Join clubs and don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • 7% Play sports

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 7% I love everything about this school.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 33% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.