Fox Creek High School has seen a lot of changes recently, from renovations and additions to an extension of academic offerings.
Last month, the school remodeled its library with a fully stocked media center, state-of-the-art computers, furniture and new study areas.
The practice football field was extended to meet the qualifications to be a soccer field. This season, for the first time in the school’s history, soccer home games will be played on campus. Games had been played at the soccer field at Hammond’s Ferry.
A sprinkler system was added to help maintain the field.
A 4,800-square-foot storage facility is being built on the campus.
“This will help us a lot as we continue to grow and grow. With student growth comes equipment growth. With equipment growth come storage needs,” Principal Timothy Murph said.
The school, which opened in August 2004, is looking to grow in its facilities and enrollment, he added.
“What we’re really hoping for is to get our student enrollment up to over 450,” he said. The school currently has about 340 students enrolled.
“Once our enrollment is above 450, we look to do a major construction project on our campus. We anticipate this happening in the next two years,” he said.
The construction project would include a basketball gym and other physical education facilities, along with additional classrooms.
The gym addition would bring basketball home games to the campus. The games are now played at Sweetwater Baptist Church.
Murph said he plans to pursue financing for the project during the upcoming school year and begin construction in fall 2013.
“That’s an aggressive date, but I don’ think it’s unrealistic,” he said. “So in the fall of 2014, our school will be twice the size it is now.”
To help spur student growth, the school has also added academic programs to its offerings.
This year, Fox Creek started the Silver Fox Academy for gifted students. It allows students in the academy to graduate after their junior year, or they can return to Fox Creek for their senior year and take 21 hours of college credit through Piedmont Technical College.
Starting with the 2012-13 school year, Fox Creek will offer a new academy, Fox Creek Academic & Technical Academy. Students can enroll during their freshman year, and in their junior and senior years, they will attend school at Fox Creek from 8 a.m. to noon and attend classes at Aiken Technical College from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
When they graduate from Fox Creek, they’ll also receive a certificate from Aiken Tech in one of three areas: welding, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning or health sciences. The certificate will allow them to see work in those areas or return to Aiken Tech for one year and receive an associate degree in their area of study, Murph said.
“We’re able to help two different segments of our school population with these two different programs,” he said.
Students are urged to begin registering now for the academies, he said.
The growth at Fox Creek is an exciting time, Murph said.
“One of the things that makes Fox Creek such a great place to work is that all of our faculty and staff have a vision of growth and excellence,” he said.
“We were given the opportunity to try to work hard to achieve high goals.”