Salem Academy

Salem Academy

Salem Academy
Winston-Salem, NC
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Salem Academy, a boarding and day school in Winston-Salem, NC, is designed exclusively for girls in grades 9-12. Ranked among the best private high schools in the state, the Academy’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum, combined with individualized support and a nurturing community, results in life-long success. At Salem Academy, girls build the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to succeed in college and in life.

Mission : 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.

Salem Academy

Location : Salem Academy is only minutes from the thriving city center of Winston-Salem, where students participate in internships and other learning opportunities. Our safe, serene campus is also adjacent to Salem College, a Top 25 Liberal Arts Institution and one of the nation’s first women’s colleges. Academy students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and college-level opportunities.

Girls Thrive Here
For nearly 250 years, Salem Academy has helped girls transform into exceptional women. Our rigorous college preparatory program blends a strong liberal arts foundation with 21st century opportunities and experiences. Salem students flourish from:

  • Small classes and personalized learning
  • Faculty advising and one-on-one support
  • Scheduled time for extra help
  • Being part of a community of committed learners
Salem Academy
Salem Academy

Empowering Success
As the nation’s oldest educational institution for girls, Salem Academy has an established history of success, one that continues today. Salem students graduate highly prepared for the rigors of college and armed with usable skills, including: Public speaking/presentation; critical thinking; concise writing; and time management.

One hundred percent of Salem Academy students matriculate to college. The success of the Class of 2019 is representative with:

  • 100% college acceptance
  • 38 seniors awarded $5.6 million in college scholarships
  • Graduates attend top institutions, including: Bennington College, High Point University, Pennsylvania State University, Spelman College, Swarthmore College, The New School, Tulane University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Francisco, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, and more.
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An Ideal Learning Environment
Salem students thrive in an intimate learning environment where they receive individualized attention from caring faculty. In addition to the support and mentorship they provide, Salem’s teachers are highly-qualified professionals: 88% hold advanced degrees.

Focused on Girls
At Salem Academy, 100% of the focus, 100% of the resources go to girls — and that makes a difference. Studies show that graduates of all-girls high schools, when compared to girls in co-ed schools:

  • Have stronger academic skills
  • Are more engaged in learning
  • Have higher self confidence
  • Are better prepared to work and live in a diverse society
  • Do more community service
  • Are more involved in politics and issues of their times
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Academic highlights include

  • 4-year College Counseling Curriculum: Provides a holistic approach to college search, helping each student identify her right-fit college based on her goals and interests.
  • Plus 2 College Credit Program: Students earn college credit by taking Salem College courses
  • 12 AP courses & 22 Honors courses
  • Languages: Latin, Spanish, and Mandarin
  • Arts: Theater, Visual Arts, Music, Dance
  • Salem gives girls real access to STEM-related fields. In addition to courses and other activities, opportunities include
    • Award-winning Robotics: Salem’s teams include Sisters of the Motherboard and The Code Girls. In 2017, the team competed in the World Championships and ranked in the top 3%!
    • STEAM Camps: Salem students lead summer camps that teach and inspire the next generation of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
  • Real-World Learning: A Salem education extends beyond the classroom to include internships, community service, and other forms of experiential learning.
    • 3-week Jan Term: A time for students to explore and connect with the outer world through internships, trips, and special courses.
Salem Academy
Salem Academy

An Inclusive Community
Students repeatedly cite Salem’s community as one of its best traits, often describing it “judgement free,” “family-like,” or “like a second home.” Salem Academy provides a safe and welcoming community, one where girls are free to explore new ideas and opportunities.

Students are guided by an Honor Code which instills self-responsibility and mutual respect, the pillars of community life at Salem Academy.

All students, whether boarding or day, quickly find their place in our diverse community. Salem’s student body is 25% international and includes students from China, Dominica, Germany, Jamaica, Moldova, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Turkey.

Boarding students live in four dormitories with House Counselors, a mix of older and younger women who live on each floor. All House Counselors are members of the Residential Life Staff under the direction of the Dean of Students. A Senior Prefect also lives on each hall and is available as a support to her hallmates and the House Counselor.

Salem Academy

Student Life
Student life at Salem Academy is rich in friendships, fun, and personal growth. Students engage in a variety of activities and events, including the arts, athletics, leadership development, community service, travel, and more.

Salem’s 29 Student Clubs & Organizations provide ample opportunity for participation and leadership. Popular clubs include Model UN, Ecology Club, Student Government Association, Black Student Union, Robotics, Diversity Club, and Girl Up.

Salem Academy

Athletics : The Salem Sabers participate in the Triad Athletic Conference of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association. Students train and play in our Athletic Complex & Fitness Center with a gymnasium, indoor pool, dance studio, fields, and tennis courts.

Salem’s 10 athletic teams include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse — New!
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
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Salem’s student athletes excel on and off the field!

  • 87% of Academy students play a sport
  • 37 students were named All Conference in 2019, meaning they played 2 sports while maintaining a 3.5 GPA!

Next Steps

Visit Campus; options include:

  • Full- or half-day on campus shadowing a Salem student
  • Overnight with a Salem boarding student
  • Campus tour

Apply for Admission
See our streamlined application process at

  • Online applications for domestic and international students
  • Essay and recommendation requirements
  • Testing and transcript information

Contact Salem Academy Admissions at 336.721.2643 or [email protected].

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