South Aiken High School

234 reviews
  1. Aiken County Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    D-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Address
232 East Pine Log Rd
Aiken, SC 29803
Telephone
(803) 641-2600

South Aiken High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1120
105 responses
Average ACT
25
57 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
AP Enrollment
18%
AP Exam Pass Rate
52%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Average
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    4%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    33%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    63%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
61%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
44%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
  • Homecoming, Prom, Relay for Life
    33%
  • Make A Wish, Relay For Life, Homecoming
    28%
  • Veteran day program, christmasBand concert
    18%
  • None, its the same every year which gets boring
    13%
  • Chorus concerts, drama productions
    10%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,472
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,073
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.1%
48%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,588/ year
National
$11,890
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses

Reviews

234 reviews
  • Excellent
    15
  • Very Good
    69
  • Average
    118
  • Poor
    26
  • Terrible
    6
While there are always exceptions, most of the teachers at my school do just a hair above the bare minimal. This is especially prevalent with teachers that have less challenging classes and the freshman. Teachers had no given authority over the students which lead to class often being unruly. This discouraged many teachers from continuing to try and hurt the few students that were there to increase their knowledge. In most of the AP classes offered, teachers put in more effort, but several of the teachers didn't have adequate understanding of their subject to be able to teach it.
  • Niche User
  • 5 months ago
I sort of wandered through crowded lower-level classes, not knowing what I was doing and not really learning. I had to decide to push through the crowded classes with little individual attention and learn for myself with online resources and extra studying. Later on in my years, I saw the classes get smaller and more specialized, and the attention that would have helped the younger me was there. The smaller groups also helped socially. In my earlier years I sort of hid in the mob of others, not wanting to be seen or heard. I mostly doodled in my notebook rather than participating in class. In contrast, my upperclassman years had me flourishing socially, contributing in class, and wanting my ideas heard. The school's facilities sort of stayed the same mediocre, the walls were concrete like some sort of Fort Learning, with tall, gaunt windows in the corner of outer classes. Overall, the experience was okay, however smaller classes in lower levels would have vastly improved my experience.
  • High School Senior
  • Sep 5 2015
South Aiken High is a great workplace for students to come and learn . It provides all the day-to-day life skills and much more. They give us a way to enjoy ourselves while learning. It's incredible!
  • Junior
  • 1 month ago