At Aiken Prep, we know what works
for our coeducational day students in preschool through twelfth grade.
The celebration of children as
The significance of excellent
The partnership of family and
The value of academic excellence and
The pride of participation and
The essence of values.
The strands that unify us.
CELEBRATION OF CHILDREN
We Don't mold our children to fit the school; we shape learning to fit the development of our children. Small classes and a low student-teacher ratio ensure that our students receive individual care and attention. Nobody gets lost in the crowd at APS, so our students get personal guidance, positive reinforcement, and careful monitoring of their progress.
sit at the center of our educational process, and they are not overshadowed by
subjects. Our routine,
curriculum, and methods of delivery incorporate flexibility to capitalize on our
students’ strengths, allow extra attention when needed, and encourage
independent discovery and inquiry. Our students become comfortable with
themselves and with others. Self-confidently, APS students engage in active,
dynamic academic lives while they strive for personal excellence.
At every age, children experience the challenges of growing up. When
students feel comfortable talking with adults they respect and trust, these
challenges become natural. Teachers at Aiken Prep are excited by children
learning. They laugh and play with students, listen carefully and respectfully
to every student, and guide our students firmly but fairly along the path to
excellence. Our students form life-long bonds with teachers. Alumni visit former
lower school teachers; graduates return and seek out mentors. Students at Aiken
Prep value and remember their teachers’ support, patience, and energy.
Teachers at Aiken Prep understand every child’s development. They
nurture each child’s delight in discovery and understand that learning
involves mistakes and frustrations. When an APS student throws in the towel, our
teachers hand back the towel with quiet words of support. Our teachers keep
listening, talking, and encouraging until our students’ frowns and
frustrations disappear. Our teachers don’t give up, nor do they expect our
students to give up. Our students rise to the challenge.
THE PARTNERSHIP OF FAMILY AND SCHOOL.
At Aiken Prep,
education is a shared endeavor, a joint effort of guiding hands. Teachers
work closely with each other, and parents and teachers communicate often in car
pool lines, at formal conferences, and through Thursday folders and frequent
report cards. Inside the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the lunchroom,
students and teachers share opinions and strategies as easily as they exchange
phone numbers and books. We’re a team whose goal is the growth and success of
every community member.
Through our collaborative efforts, we celebrate a diversity of
experiences and thought. Sharing their many talents, APS parents feel
comfortable contributing ideas, volunteering as room parents, participating in
class projects, chaperoning field trips, and organizing school-wide fundraising
events. Our teachers welcome parents, and Aiken Prep students rely on their
parents and teachers to work together to expand and enrich educational
VALUE OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
AND LIFE-LONG LEARNING
Excellence depends on attitude as well as aptitude at Aiken Prep. We set
high standards for our students and provide the encouragement and support needed
to get them there. We help our students to be active problem-solvers, to engage
in cooperative learning, and to be independent, resourceful learners. At APS,
it’s okay to reach for excellence, and our students do. They earn honor roll
places and school awards, they qualify for academic recognition beyond our
school, and they win local, regional, and state competitions.
Reflecting a liberal arts tradition, our sequential school-wide
curriculum provides stepping stones for a lifetime of learning, and it
challenges our students to excel. Not only do our students strive for personal
excellence in reading, writing, math, and science, but also in foreign
languages, computer, art, music, and physical education and athletics. Delivered
through a balance of innovative, experiential, and traditional learning, our
curriculum allows our students to develop their strengths and find their
personal passions. Based on individual needs and the expectations of the schools
they will attend after leaving Aiken Prep, our students acquire communication
and thinking skills essential for today’s and tomorrow’s world. Our classes
are not just for college; they’re for life.
THE PRIDE OF PARTICIPATION AND PLACE.
Founded in 1916 to serve boarding boys in grades four through nine, Aiken
Preparatory School merged with Aiken Day School in 1989. Since then, our present
school has evolved into a vision of the future with links to the past. Current
Aiken Prep students proudly belong to a family with long-standing and rich
traditions. Thursday assemblies, the Run-for-the Woods, Gold Bars, Sports’
Days, the Barrier Island trip, and the leap into the pool after graduation
connect our students of today with those of yesterday and tomorrow. Visits with
successful alumni, graduation awards, plaques lining our halls, and trophies and
banners displayed around campus inspire students to work and to excel so their
names live on in the school archives. APS students are inspired by the history
of the past to create ideas for the future.
THE ESSENCE OF VALUES.
Our standards of conscientious behavior, courteous manners, and pride in
one’s appearance focus our students on shared expectations. APS students stand
when guests visit classrooms and welcome visiting students with warmth and
graciousness; our students resolve conflicts with compromise and hand shakes.
Every student at APS shares in the responsibilities of waiting tables in the
dining room. Aiken Prep’s uniform helps our students stand taller, and proudly
wearing their blazers, APS students strive to achieve their personal best.
THE STRANDS THAT UNIFY US.
For all of our students, the known and yet to be discovered define
process and product. Weaving strands of knowledge into a whole tapestry, we
challenge our students to understand and apply new and existing knowledge via
hands-on exploration and experimentation. Our experienced-based program meets
individual needs, personalizes learning, and allows our students to actively
demonstrate their knowledge in diverse ways.
Our commitment to child-centered learning ensures that subjects don’t
stand alone. Integrated and experiential, they connect the past to the future,
technology to aesthetics. Math links orderly processes to potential careers;
literature explores contemporary concerns through voices of the masters; history
examines current events with eyes on the past; computer generated art and the
science of roller coasters capture hearts and minds.
Our history as a “home away from home” rests intact. We remain proud that our commitment to nurturing the whole child, to instilling a love and desire to learn, and to fostering pride in accomplishment results in well-rounded individuals ready to tackle their futures and realize their dreams.
Our program attracts families seeking a strong education and the solid
values not available in many public schools. Parents find the personal
attention, well-designed structure, careful supervision, close monitoring of
academic progress, and loving, nurturing environment of our school a perfect
match for their children.
At APS, our community is small enough to realize that individuals are
critical, but large enough to broaden our students’ horizons. Remembering and
honoring our proud history, experiencing everyday to its fullest, and
anticipating life beyond the APS campus inspire every member of our Aiken Prep
community to fulfill dreams of the future.
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