The School

 

Founded in 1916, Aiken Preparatory School is the only junior boarding school in the Southeast for students in grades 4 through 9. A 1989 merger with Aiken Day school resulted in the addition of a coeducational day program for students in four-year-old kindergarten through grade 9. Aiken Prep's curriculum seeks to challenge the average to above-average student in an intimate and supportive learning environment while at the same time providing a "home away from home" for its boarding students during the most crucial years of their development. In addition to its tradition seven-day boarding program, the School now offers a five-day boarding option for families within a commutable distance from Aiken.

Aiken Prep is situated on a 10-acre wooded campus in the center of the quaint town of Aiken (population 26,000), which is 56 miles west of Colombia, the state capitol, and 17 miles east of Augusta, Georgia. The region enjoys a year round temperate climate and offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation, including golf, tennis, soccer, and equestrian sports.

The School is governed by a 22 member Board of Trustees. In 1995-96, the School's operating budget was $1.6 million and is supported by contributions to the Annual Fund of approximately $135,000. The endowment currently stands at $3.5 million.

Aiken Prep holds membership in the National Association of Independent Boarding Schools, the Southern Association of Independent schools, the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools, the Junior Boarding Schools Association, the Secondary School Admission Test Board, and the Federation of American and International Schools.