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  • From the Principal

    Greetings Staff, Parents, and Community,  

    Dr. Timothy BlackwellAs we conclude the first semester of the 2023-2024 school year, I want to say "THANK YOU" for being strong supporters of our students and staff.  While our winter break will occur soon, I want to remind you of the importance of staying healthy while still learning at home.  Here are a few ways to help now and during the year:

    • Ensure that your child reads daily for at least 20-30 minutes.
    • Ensure that your child works on basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) daily.
    • Visit educational institutions (local library) to check out books.
    • Stay abreast of information via Class Dojo and other school mediums.  

    During the second semester of the school year, we will continue our efforts to improve student achievement.  Accelerating student achievement is our priority, and our teachers and support staff have been diligently working all year to prepare our children for various assessments.  In addition, we are constantly reflecting and refining our instructional practices to be the best we can for each one of our students, and to ensure all students are equipped with the necessary knowledge to excel at high levels.  We are committed to ensuring all students are equipped with the necessary tools and resources to stay engaged, resilient and reflective for challenges ahead.  Being engaged, resilient and reflective are our core learning dispositions that we expect all students to use at home and in school.  

    We highly encourage and expect parents and community members to be engaged in our school as partners in educating our students. Parents and community members can join our Parent Teacher Organization yearly. Our PTO does an excellent job supporting the students and staff at Arden Elementary. Also, parents have an opportunity to participate in the School Improvement Council and Title One Committee.

    Our doors are always open and you are always welcome.   Again, I am grateful to be a part of this awesome staff, school and community.  We will continue to be “One Community.....Every Student A Powerful Learner!"  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, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.


    Beagle Character Trait

    Children who learn character traits have better success in relationships both at school and outside of school.  They learn to be more forgiving, responsible, caring, and compassionate.  They also learn how to cope with others, to tolerate different viewpoints, and to respect the needs of others.  

    May's Character Trait is Self-Discipline: managing one's thoughts, feelings, and actions.    


    Arden Elementary Learning Dispositions

    Arden Beagles are Engaged      Arden Beagles are Reflective       Arden Beagles are resilient



    Attendance Matters Every Day Poster


    State Testing Parent Letter

    State Testing Parent Letter



    Arden's School Supply Link


    Lightbox Access


    Letter from Dr. Blackwell addressing the School Report Card

    Please Join Arden's School Improvement Council

    We need to hear from you.  

    SIC Meeting Dates

    School Improvement Council Manual


    Communication Protocol 

    Arden Communication Protocol Graphic

    Arden Communication Protocol Spanish Version


    We need your Help: Be a chaperone!

    School Events


    Teacher Appreciation Calendar


    5th Grade Sneaker Ball


    PreK Promotion Ceremony May 22 at 8:30


    Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony May 23 at 8:30


    Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony May 24th, 8:30 am, at Alcorn Middle School

    Community Events


    YLI Camps FlierYLIC Summer Camps Flier, page 2




    Certified Employee of the Month

    The Certified Employee for March is Clara Cristancho

    Clara Cristancho, March Teacher of the Month.  Pictured with Mrs. Stephney and Dr. Blackwell

    Pictured: Mrs. Stephney, Ms. Cristancho, and Dr. Blackwell



    Classified Employee of the Month

    The Classified Employee for March is John Livingston.

    March's Classified Employee of the Month, Mr. John Livingston.

    Pictured:  Mrs. Stephney, Mr. Livingston, and Dr. Blackwell



    Classified Employee of the Year

    2024/2025 Classified Employee of the Year:  Mr. Anson Stroman

    2024/25 Classified Employee of the Year, Mr. Anson Stroman.  Pictured:  Mr. Anson Stroman and Mrs. Stephney



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


    "We Can Read" Home School Literacy Initiative 

    Arden Elementary and Title I have teamed up to provide families with books parents and students can read together to support Family Literacy. Research shows that children surrounded by print materials are better readers and more successful in school.   Please take advantage of this program by contacting the school for books you can enjoy with your student(s).  Don't forget your Reading Log also.  


    Re - Enroll

    Parents, will your child be attending Arden Elementary School for the 2023-2024 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.



    2023-2024 Early Dismissal Times

    Elementary School Dismissal 11:00 am

    Middle School Dismissal 12:00 pm

    High School Dismissal 11:15 am


    2023-2024 PreK Registration




    Title I Suggestion QRCode



  • 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.