Academics

What Is New Tech?

Aiken’s curriculum is based on project-based learning. We are closely partnered with New Tech, which focuses on all learning coming from a student-driven perspective, not just lectures.

We build 21st-century skills and create 21st-century learners. This means that our students will leave Aiken with the ability to learn and succeed in the modern college and career environment.

Aiken takes a cross-curricular approach to literacy. This means that writing and reading does not stop at the English classroom. Writing in college, and in the real world, is not limited to essays and literary analysis. Writing extends to the lab report, understanding math problems, fulfilling document-based questions in social studies, and writing business documents.

All of our teachers work together to create unified lessons that fully engage the student.

We grade not on the traditional scale, but on the following:

  • Agency
  • Oral Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Written Communication
  • Knowledge and Thinking skills

Project-Based Learning

  • Engaging instruction: Students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking and presentation skills. By making learning relevant in this way, students are more eager to learn, resulting in improved academic achievement.
  • A collaborative culture: The New Tech program empowers students and teachers, and promotes trust, respect and responsibility. Students have exceptional ownership of their learning experience and are given a level of responsibility similar to what they might experience in a professional workplace.
  • Integrated use of technology: Students will use technology every day in the New Tech program. All classrooms have a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio to allow students to become self-directed learners who no longer rely primarily on teachers and textbooks to learn.

High School Course Guide

Our High School Course Guide offers more detail about the opportunities and resources available to our high school students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.