Salem Academy

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
Tel: 336-721-2643
500 East Salem Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • "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 
2017 School Data
Salem AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationMoravianNon-denominational
Year Founded17721910
Campus Size64 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment171 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1880* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1700 - 2040-
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1016
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$6 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsLucia Higgins
Associate Director of AdmissionsWynne Overton

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1016
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 Offered1014
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations3523
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 - 200910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill15
North Carolina State University12
Wake Forest University11
University of North Carolina at Greensboro8
Appalachian State University6
Elon University6
New York University5
University of North Carolina at Charlotte5
High Point University4
University of North Carolina at Asheville4
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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