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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 have completed one quarter of the 2022-2023 school year with our scholars.  At or around October 14, our 2021-2022 school report card was released.  Arden's Report Card rating was Average.  What does this mean for our school?  It means we are meeting the expectations outlined by the state.  However, we still have room for growth to occur.  To make this happen,we need your support and cooperation to move the academic needle a little further. Here are a few ways to help us meet our goal(s):

    • Ensure that your child is in school daily.
    • Provide opportunities for your scholar to read daily.
    • Provide a quiet space for students to complete their homework.
    • Communicate with your scholar's teacher about his/her academic progress.

    As Principal, it is an expectation that we will maintain the focus on learning for both students and staff.  My desire and goal is that students, staff, parents and the community will continue to be partners in the learning process.  Let's keep the main thing, the main thing....academic improvement!

    Arden Elementary has some wonderful students, staff and parents!   I truly believe in focusing on the positive and redirecting the negative.  As we continue 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.  

    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…..Serving, Supporting and Strengthening Each Other!”  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

    January----- Responsibility: to do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it.

    Save the Date!!! 

    Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

    Book Fair Announcement

    ACCESS Testing for ELLs Calendar

    Letter informing ACCESS for ELLS Testing



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

    Richland One Looking for Male Volunteers to Serve as R1 CHAMPS! 


    Richland One is looking for volunteers for a new initiative designed to place more positive male role models on school campuses and help staff empower, inspire and encourage students to achieve their full potential.

    R1 CHAMPS (Caring Hearts Making Positive Shifts) volunteers will provide an additional adult presence and an “extra set of eyes” on campuses during the school day. They will greet students at the beginning of the day and assist staff during dismissal; monitor the halls during class changes and help ensure that students report to their classes on time; and assist staff during school assemblies and special events. Volunteers will wear R1 CHAMPS shirts that identify them to students, staff and visitors.

    R1 CHAMPS is open to any adult male who wants to volunteer their time to serve Richland One schools. Volunteers must undergo a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check and a Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Abuse Registry check.

    For more information about R1 CHAMPS, contact Kerry Abel, Richland One’s dropout prevention coordinator, at 803-231-7182, 803-553-0072 or kerry.abel@richlandone.org.


    "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 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.



    2022-2023 Early Dismissal Times

    Elementary School Dismissal 11:00 am

    Middle School Dismissal 12:00 pm

    High School Dismissal 11:15 am



    2022-2023 PreK Registration




    Arden Elementary School Title I Suggestion Form



  • 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.