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Salem Academy Ranked No. 1 Best Boarding High School In North Carolina

Ranked No. 5 Best Private High School and No. 5 Best College Prep Private High School in North Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCT. 9, 2023)—In its 2024 Best Schools listing, Niche ranked Salem Academy the No. 1 Best Boarding High School in North Carolina. In addition, Niche ranked Salem Academy—the only all-girls, boarding and day high school located on a college campus with a STEAM focus in the United States—the No. 5 Best Private High School and the No.5 Best College Prep Private High School in North Carolina. Niche awarded Salem Academy an A+ Overall Grade, the highest grade an institution can earn.

Niche is rated as the leading school search platform nationwide and gathered more than 100 million reviews—more school reviews than any others resource on the internet—and survey responses from students, parents, and residents to create its 2024 rankings. Niche’s data scientists and researchers also used dozens of public data sets to support the rankings.

“Salem Academy being ranked the best boarding school in North Carolina confirms what families and alumnae have known for generations: that Salem Academy remains the leading choice for families regionally, nationally and globally to educate young women,” Salem Academy and College President Summer J. McGee, Ph.D. said. “This recognition is a reflection of the quality and dedication of Salem Academy faculty and staff who work tirelessly to make our school a wonderful place to prepare young women for success in college and life.”

In addition to its statewide accolades, Niche ranked Salem Academy the No. 1 Best High School for STEM Education in Forsyth County and among the top 10 statewide. In addition, the ranking placed Salem Academy at No. 2 for Most Diverse Private High School in Forsyth County.

“Our STEAM-focused curriculum allows us to prepare Salem Academy students for jobs that do not yet exist,” Salem Academy Head of School Kris Porazzi Sorrells said. “Our goal is to make sure that every Salem Academy student has the tools she needs to succeed in an ever-changing world.”

Salem Academy’s small class sizes allow its exceptional teachers to spend significant individual time with each student. In addition, the school’s robust academic program results in 100% college acceptance, and the graduating Class of 2023 earned (on average) $300,000 in scholarship offers per graduating student. Teachers at Salem are highly qualified with advanced degrees, supporting and nurturing the success of each student in an all-girls environment safe from the many distractions that can occur in a co-ed experience.

Niche is widely respected for providing an unparalleled, honest view into what people really think about a school. The organization prides itself on using data analysts who are dedicated to constantly reevaluating data to assure that stats remain up-to-date, accurate and complete.

About Salem Academy and College

Salem Academy and College is the nation’s oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States. Salem Academy is intentionally focused on STEAM to transform students’ education through the holistic integration of rigorous academic and co-curricular experiences that build character and leadership. Salem College provides women a liberal arts education with a distinctive focus on health l leadership ensuring our graduates understand the power, importance, and complexity of health in our society. Salem College prepares students for a range of career paths to lead in making the world a better, healthier, more equitable place.  Salem College is the only national liberal arts college exclusively focused on developing the health leaders of tomorrow.

For more than 250 years, Salem Academy and College has empowered and prepared girls and women from all around the world to effect change, shatter expectations and lead. Salem Academy and College is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant educational community known for arts and innovation. For more information about Salem Academy, please visit For more information about Salem College, please visit

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