5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
500 East Salem Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Tel: 336-721-2643
  • "Salem Academy is a private college-preparatory school that offers girls with high aspirations a challenging education in a home-like atmosphere.
  • We provide a balanced curriculum – from Physics to music, from art to Latin, from Calculus to Psychology.
  • We create a nurturing environment where students can lead full and happy lives, growing into young women of ideas and accomplishment...".

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2005
    5 Stars   5/9/2007
    Western Carolina University
    Salem's special traditions set it apart from any other school in the country. Because it was started in 1772, making it the oldest all girls school in the country, there are many traditions that occur. . .

  • Class of 1994
    5 Stars   2/12/2008
    Duke University
    Salem's strengths lie in its low student:staff ratio. When I was a student, it was 8:1, and I never had a class with more than 12 students in it. This gave us the chance to. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Salem Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Moravian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1772 1910
Campus Size 64 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 171 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1880 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1700 - 2040 -
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 10 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $6 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$45,060 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$22,380 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsLucia Higgins
Associate Director of AdmissionsWynne Overton

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 10 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus A/B, Calculus B/C, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History, World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 35 23
ExtracurricularsAcademe (literary magazine), Arts Council, Athletic Council, Class Organizations, Cultural Awareness Club, Current Events Club, Ecology Club, Elections Committee, Fellowship Council, Film Club, Food Club, French Club, Garden Club, Glee Club, Grass Roots (newspaper), Habitat for Humanity, Honor, Key Club, Latin Club, Mock Trial Team, Model UN, Mu Alpha Theta, Music Club, National French Honor Society, National Honor Society,

College Matriculation

Year: 2004 - 2009 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 15
North Carolina State University 12
Wake Forest University 11
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 8
Appalachian State University 6
Elon University 6
New York University 5
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 5
High Point University 4
University of North Carolina at Asheville 4
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Salem Academy's January Term allows students the unique opportunity to supplement their learning with educational travel, internships or special classes. Sandwiched between fall and spring semesters, the January Term affords students the opportunity to explore the world and expand their educational horizons.
  • School accreditations: SAIS-SACS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell - A'19, founded WETA, Washington, D.C's first public television station
    • Tillie Kidd Fowler - A'60, served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, retiring in 2000 as the highest -ranking woman in the House.
    • Marshall Chapman - A'68, is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker, and Jimmy Buffett
    • Kathyrn Harrold - A'68, is a television actress who played Dr. Karen Wilder on Chicago Hope and has guest starred recently on CSI: New York and Desperate Housewives
    • Rolanda Watts - A'77, hosted the syndicated television talk shows Rolanda and Lie Detector, and has appreared on The West Wing, 7th Heaven and The Bold and the Beautiful.
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