School Board to recognize South Aiken ranking

  • Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 11:52 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:00 a.m.
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Matthew Spires, an East Aiken School of the Arts student, gleefully shows off his cartoon strip about a space king he created during an arts residency earlier this year. East Aiken faculty will discuss new initiatives during a School Board meeting Tuesday.
Aiken Standard FILE PHOTO Matthew Spires, an East Aiken School of the Arts student, gleefully shows off his cartoon strip about a space king he created during an arts residency earlier this year. East Aiken faculty will discuss new initiatives during a School Board meeting Tuesday.

South Aiken High School will be recognized for its U.S. News academic ranking at an Aiken County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The school is ranked seventh in the state and 1,035th nationally about the top 2,000 schools. The academic indicators cited by U.S. News include college readiness, math and English proficiency and student/teacher ratio.

The top 10 schools rated by U.S. News are as follows: Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston; Charleston County School of the Arts; Dutch Fork High School in Columbia, Chapin High School, Riverside High School in Greer, Mayo High for Math, Science, and Technology in Darlington, South Aiken, Greenville Senior High Academy, Lexington High School and Nation Ford High School in Ft. Mill.

Newsweek magazine also ranked South Aiken as 1,948th among the top 2,000 U.S. high schools.

The School Board meeting will be held at the district office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive in Aiken

In other business:

• South Aiken’s tennis and golf state championship teams also will be recognized.

• East Aiken School of the Arts faculty members will present an update on the program. The school received that designation four years ago in its efforts to do more arts integration in all content areas.

For the past two years, East Aiken has received two Arts Curricular Innovation Grants from the State Department of Education and is seeking a third grant of $24,000.

• Two other updates are planned on Freshman Academies within county high schools and on curriculum.

• The School Board will received additional updates on construction and planning efforts at Aiken High School and Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. The administration and architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith will present a completed master plan for an upcoming addition to North Augusta High School.


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