The Value of an Academy Education

Whether in law or medicine, business or the arts, journalism or education, in a social service agency or an executive suite, Salem graduates succeed in their chosen professions. The Academy has a 100% acceptance rate at many of the country's outstanding colleges and universities. Many graduates go on to work in interesting and exciting careers.

Here a just a few notable past students from Salem's history:

  • Sarah Childress Polk, the first formally educated First Lady in U.S. history, wife of President James K. Polk and philanthropist/political advisor.
  • Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell, '19, founded WETA, Washington, D.C's first public television station.
  • Tillie Kidd Fowler, '60, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, retiring in 2000 as the highest-ranking woman in the House.
  • The Honorable Anne Workman, '65, was a superior court judge in DeKalb County, Georgia.
  • Marshall Chapman, '67, is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and Jimmy Buffett.
  • Mary Davis Holt, '68, was executive vice president and COO at Time Life, Inc. and chaired the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees.
  • Kathryn Harrold, '68, is a television actress who played Dr. Karen Wilder on Chicago Hope and has guest starred on CSI: New York and Desperate Housewives.
  • Vonda Kimble Delawie, '75, is a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State who has served in Croatia, Turkey, Ireland, Italy and Mexico.
  • Rolonda Watts, '77, hosted the syndicated television talk shows Rolonda and Lie Detector, and has appeared on The West Wing, 7th Heaven and The Bold and the Beautiful.
  • Leslie Kendrick, '94, earned a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in Great Britain.

Whether they are in the boardroom or volunteering in their community, Salem graduates are making an impact all over the world.

Why an All-Girls School?

Research shows that girls thrive in an all-girls' environment. Classrooms are not dominated by boys, as they often are in coed schools. And by holding all the student leadership positions, girls learn the important lessons and the considerable rewards of leading.

At Salem Academy, for more than two centuries, we have encouraged, challenged, and supported young women as they grow to fulfill their immense potential.

The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) conducts regular surveys of alumnae from its member schools. Recent research continues to confirm the relevance and importance of an all girl educational setting.

Please visit the website for the National Coalition of Girls' School for more information: