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  • From the Principal

    Greetings Staff, Parents, and Community,  

    Dr. Timothy BlackwellI am truly honored and excited to serve you and the community as Principal of Arden Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school term.  We made some strides in 2021-2022 but will need your assistance and cooperation to ensure that we continue to move the academic needle.  As Principal, it is an expectation that we will maintain the focus on learning for both students and staff.  I believe that working together, we can establish excellence within our school.   My desire and goal is that students, staff, parents and the community will continue to be partners in the learning process.  

    Arden Elementary has a strength of being collaborative and sharing a common goal for the benefit of all students. I truly believe in focusing on the positive and redirecting the negative.  We will work to make sure all staff, parents, and students are treated with the utmost respect. This will reveal high expectations and a standard of excellence within our school on a daily basis. 

    As we move into the 2022-2023 school year, let’s embrace it with Richland School District One’s direction of transforming lives through education while ensuring that they are productive citizens within our changing world.  My doors are always open and you are always welcome.  As a team, we will work to ensure that every child reaches a high level of success. 

    Again, I am grateful to be a part of this awesome staff, school and community. We will continue to be “One Community…..Serving, Supporting and Strengthening Each Other!”  

    Let’s have an awesome year!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school. I can be reached at timothy.blackwell@richlandone.org or 803.735.3400.


    Dr. Blackwell, Principal

    We are Arden Elementary School, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams


    Reporting a student absence is as easy as filling out this online form by clicking here.



    August------- Respect:  to show high regard for authority, other people, self, and country




    2022-2023 Early Dismissal Times

    Elementary School Dismissal 11:00 am

    Middle School Dismissal 12:00 pm

    High School Dismissal 11:15 am


    Re - Enroll

    Parents, will your child be attending Arden Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year?  If so, you must complete the Returning Student Enrollment Verification. The online vehicle for re-enrollment is Power School. 

     Click Here to understand and access the process of enrollment verification.  

    Information about transfers is available on the District website  

    Enrollment of students NEW to the District is a different process and instructions can be found on this link: New Student Online Registration.



    2021-2022 Art Award Winners

    The following students are winners in the 2022 South Carolina Education Poster Contest:

    2nd Place:  

    Alacy Wesley (4th grade)

    Honorable Mention:

              Alexander Sanchez  (2nd grade)

           Ises Woldegebriel  (4th grade) 

    Jared Alvarado (4th grade)

        The following students are winners in the 2022 Richland Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest: 

    1st Place:

    Talia Bowen (Kindergarten)

     3rd Place

    Arleth Dominguez Lucatero (5th grade) 

    Honorable Mention

    Maurice Livingston (1st grade)


    Arden Elementary's submission to Litter Trashes Everyone Poster contest ~ Estrella Clavel


    Arden Elementary's Permanent Art Collection ~  Arleth Dominguez Lucatero




    Rising 5th Grade Summer Reading Information

    This year, each student will receive a recommended list of titles and a Summer Reading Assignment. All students are expected to participate in the summer assignment of reading at least one book. Students are to choose a book from the Summer Reading List on the following pages.  An overview of each book is provided. The selected titles can be
    checked out from your child's school or the Richland County Public Library. They are also available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

    General Fifth Grade Summer Assignment

    AAP 5th Grade Reading Assignment


    2022-2023 PreK Registration




  • Notice of Non-Discrimination

    Richland County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected characteristics in its programs and activities.