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About Salem Academy

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Salem Academy is the nation’s only all-girls boarding and day high school with a STEAM focus located on a college campus.

Our rigorous college preparatory curriculum, combined with individualized support and a welcoming, supportive learning community, results in life-long success — yours!

For more than 250 years, Salem has empowered girls to lead. Today, we continue to pioneer education opportunities for girls with vision and intention.

Salem Academy provides girls with meaningful access to coursework in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, including robotics and coding. Our students learn persistence, self-confidence, collaboration and adaptability — skills to succeed at college and in life.

At Salem Academy, we ignite curiosity, increase compassion, infuse creativity and inspire courage.

Our goal is clear: to prepare you to launch your best life — one of purpose and meaning.
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Location is Key

Salem Academy is situated on a 47-acre campus in the heart of historic Old Salem, North Carolina. We share a campus with Salem College, a Top 25 Liberal Arts Institution and one of the nation’s first women’s colleges. Our lively and safe campus is located only minutes from the thriving city center of Winston-Salem, giving students access to internships, experiential learning, cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, and fun.

Interested? Start here.

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Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement: Educating girls since 1772, Salem Academy fosters compassionate and creative leaders, prepared for college and life, who chart their paths with character, curiosity, and courage.

Vision Statement: Every student will be challenged, supported, and affirmed in becoming the best version of herself.

Statement of Core Values, including framing statement: The Salem Academy Honor Tradition fosters trust, responsibility, and respect among members of the community. The Honor Code is the backbone of Salem Academy life and serves as the foundation of our school.

  • Transformative Learning – Providing an extraordinary and challenging educational experience to prepare students for success in college and beyond
  • Comprehensive Wellness – Intentionally cultivating wellness in all aspects of our students’ journeys to support them in leading healthy, balanced lives.
  • Inclusive Community – Ensuring that all members of our community are welcomed, acknowledged, and encouraged to use their voices and to form lasting relationships.

The vision and values statements were adopted by Salem Academy in November 2023. The mission statement was adopted in 2019 and reaffirmed in September 2023.

Here, your best is yet to come.

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