Our school is helping all students develop World Class Skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by continual focus on the four Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Midland Valley High School promotes high expectations and lifelong learning to ensure our students can compete in and contribute to a global society.
We believe all students can learn and improve their individual performance and achieve high academic standards. Midland Valley High School continues to close the achievement gap and excel in general academic performance. The Early College Program, a partnership with Aiken Technical College, is a unique college-level educational experience providing students with opportunities to earn their high school diplomas while concurrently completing credits toward Associate of Arts Degrees and/or Associate of Science Degrees. By providing rigorous courses and competitive college-level experiences, we strengthen our students’ critical thinking skills. During the spring of 2022, fourteen students completed this program and graduated with Associate Degrees.
Midland Valley High School administered 189 Advanced Placement Exams, and 144 of 225 graduates had a 3.0 or higher GPA which makes them eligible for a SC lottery Life or Hope scholarship. The Class of 2022 will surpass 90% graduation rate, eclipsed $11 million dollars in scholarships, over 80% are considered college or career ready by the state of SC, and 71% will attend a two or four-year college or university. One of our graduates were offered over $590,000 in scholarship awards and 2 others totaled more than 400 thousand dollars, 4 are Palmetto Fellows recipients, there were 3 that received Watson Brown Scholarships, and 2 others qualified for South Carolina Teaching Fellows.
We believe students benefit from a variety of arts, media, and Career and Technology Education. These programs make our students competitive global citizens by providing opportunities for students to develop innovation and technological skills. Curriculum such as Band, Chorus, Drama, Media Arts, Art I, II, III, Media Technology, and Music Appreciation are opportunities that promote self-direction and interpersonal skills. We also offer Nursing Assistant Certification, Production Operator Certification, and Agriculture Science Certification programs on our campus. Students can also choose to attend the Aiken County Career and Technology Center to obtain certifications in Welding, HVAC, Barbering, and many more.
11 teams made the State Playoffs including the men’s basketball team who were region runners-up and only one game from the Lower state title game. The region champion Men’s 4 x 100 relay, Women’s Shot Put, and the 220 lbs. class in wrestling attend our school. Cross Country qualified 2 athletes for state and wrestling qualified 3. In softball 1 senior made all-state and the North/South All-Star Game. In all, the Class of 2022 produced 34 all-region athletes.
We believe in a culture of continuous improvement, public service and collaboration. Our students participate in character building programs such as: Buddy Club, Elementary Mentors, AP Ambassadors, Fist Bump Friday, and Reading Ambassadors.
Midland Valley High School promotes academic success, respect, lifelong learning, and citizenship. By holding our students to high standards, they will acquire a global perspective and become productive, positive, and responsible citizens of South Carolina.
Principal Sheldon HIggenbottom