South Aiken High School in Aiken, SC - Niche

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South Aiken High School is a public school in Aiken, South Carolina. It has 1,529 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 68% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 192 reviews written and they have been mixed.

232 East Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
(803) 641-2600

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3.2 from 192 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Spending my preschool, elementary, and middle school years at private schools, going to South Aiken, which is a public school, was an extremely different experience. But I wouldn't exchange these last few years for anything. Going to South Aiken has prepared me for many things I will encounter in the real world as an adult. I have learned so much and I feel that I am prepared for college. South Aiken is unique because of the many courses it offers and the dynamic of the school. One of my favorite aspects of the school is how motivated students are about supporting athletics, something I hadn't experienced until going to SAHS. Overall, I love South Aiken and I am going to treasure the memories made there for the rest of my life.
    • Niche User
    • 2
    Overall Experience: The only thing I love is the music program. Other than that, the teachers are nasty to each other & the students. No motivation to make ourselves better at all.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I didn't like my classmates as much, but I enjoyed everything that I was a part of.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: South Aiken High was okay to me. I have meet some people who are there for me when I'm in need, and in return, I do the same for them. I have got bullied mostly in 9th grade for the way I looked, acted, and dressed. That was the year I had my first and last physical fight, and the only time I got suspended. When that happened, my social status dropped. People teased me, and I lost the friends I had before the fight. I'm not really strong, and I don't know how to fight well. But as I got older, I learned from my mistakes, and sometimes it's okay to say no. I also met great friends my next 3 years, and I got along with people a lot more. I also became more confident and improved my grades. I've had A's and B's my senior year. So overall, South Aiken wasn't bad to me. It's still a school I would recommend going to.
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Overall Experience: The most I've enjoyed of this school are some teachers and the opportunity to see some of my friends. Overall, I don't see a desire in students to learn, kids are quick to turn on each other or mess with others for fun, new rules put a damper on the motivation to get up in the morning for school, and most teachers don't teach me many things that are truly useful. I myself did not have many great experiences (I didn't feel like I could count on Guidance for help - in any matter, personal or academic) and would rather never return to the high school. I don't want to be a Negative Nancy - I'm sure other people had great experiences and had amazing teachers - but I don't want to be dishonest about how I feel.

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Nearby Schools

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3.33 Millbrook Elementary School Public
South Aiken Baptist Christian School Private, Religious
St. Mary Help of Christians School Private, Religious
Aiken Performing Arts Academy Charter School Public, Charter
Lloyd-Kennedy Charter School Public, Charter
3.33 Schofield Middle School Public
Mead Hall Episcopal School Private, Religious
3.00 Chukker Creek Elementary School Public
3.33 Aiken Preparatory School Private
Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School Private, Religious
2.33 East Aiken School of the Arts Public
3.00 Aiken Elementary School Public
2.66 Aiken High School Public
2.00 North Aiken Elementary School Public
2.33 Aiken Middle School Public
2.33 Warrenville Elementary School Public
2.66 Leavelle McCampbell Middle School Public
2.66 Gloverville Elementary School Public
2.33 Greendale Elementary School Public
3.00 New Ellenton Middle School Public
2.33 J.D. Lever Elementary School Public
2.66 Byrd Elementary School Public
2.66 Midland Valley Preparatory School Public, Charter
2.66 Silver Bluff High School Public
2.33 Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School Public
2.66 Midland Valley High School Public
2.66 Jefferson Elementary School Public
2.33 Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School Public
Midland Valley Christian Academy Private, Religious

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Aiken High School 4 mi. 1,407
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 21 mi. 818
3.33 Gilbert High School 33 mi. 901

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


Male 49%
Female 50%

Student Diversity

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


Grade 9 28.7%
Grade 10 24.8%
Grade 11 25.7%
Grade 12 20.7%

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 22 responses

  • 41% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 41% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 60% A few of the teachers do care about the students
  • 20% The passionate teachers
  • 12% Good art, german, and english teacher(s)
  • 8% English and science teachers

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 20% Cleanliness can be poor from time to time
  • 19% Some of the teachers are just their for a paycheck
  • 19% Lack of updates on technology and teaching
  • 19% No motivation for students to learn
  • 13% Bathrooms need soap
  • 10% Insufficient space

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 20 responses

  • 40% A horrible football team
  • 20% Badges and tardies get you in trouble the most.
  • 15% You can get into trouble for the most is badges
  • 15% There are segregated groups (preppy) (ghetto)
  • 5% Nothing
  • 5% The fake aiken kids

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 32% Average
  • 23% No soap
  • 18% Ugh
  • 14% One word that describesSAHS is classy
  • 5% Irrelevant
  • 5% Wannabe
  • 5% Motivated teachers

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 38% Dress appropriately, wear your badge and be kind
  • 14% All of the above
  • 5% Take your classes and get out
  • 5% Find a helpful mentor quickly (not guidance)
  • 5% Be You

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 61% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.