Salem Academy

About Us

A Salem Academy education can change a girl’s life in extraordinary ways. Founded before America’s Declaration of Independence, Salem is the oldest school for girls in continuous operation in the United States. As experts in educating young women, we combine modern education that challenges and inspires with our timeless traditions that value honor, integrity, conscientiousness, and spirituality. Salem Academy faculty members are passionate, highly qualified professionals, and include Fulbright recipients, Teachers of the Year, and leaders the national AP organization. In collaboration with a nurturing staff, they foster an environment in which girls can explore and succeed in a variety of subjects, resulting in AP scores that outpace regional and national trends and a 100% college acceptance rate into the nation’s best universities.

In today’s globally-connected world, girls deserve an education that will prepare them for the unexpected—for opportunities and goals in a future not yet imagined. At Salem Academy, our mission is to educate high school girls, both academically and personally, so that they are ready to engage the world as intelligent, confident, and capable young women. Now, more than ever, making lifelong connections with friends from around the world will be essential to our students’ success. Salem Academy opens the world to all our students, and we feel strongly that their global education should begin at the high school level. The different perspectives students bring to debates in the classroom, life in the dorm, and friendships allow students to learn about global issues in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and fun.

Located in beautiful, historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the campus of Salem Academy is not just a school; it’s a home away from home and offers the best of college-level facilities. Our setting near the heart of the City of Arts and Innovation, offers girls a safe place to live and study, in walking distance of movies, restaurants, the arts district, and other activities on the weekends.

Salem Academy’s college-preparatory program is ideal for students who are intrinsically motivated to challenge themselves, work hard, and excel for themselves, their parents, and teachers through their classes, by participating in one of Salem’s 13 interscholastic athletic teams, in our outstanding visual and performing arts, or through our unique internship program and travel abroad.

We believe that Salem Academy’s curriculum of liberal arts and sciences can ignite a world of opportunities for every girl, infusing young women with the confidence to achieve their highest potential. As a result, the Salem Academy graduate emerges from her high school journey with skills to be successful in anything she pursues.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Oldest girls’ school in the country in continuous operation
  2. January Term internship program
  3. Daily cookie break!
  • Total Enrollment : 160
  • Type : All Girls
  • Boarding Grades : 9-12
  • Total Students : 160
  • Boarding Students : 89
  • Day Students : 71
  • ESL Offered : Yes
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  • Avg. Class Size : 11
  • Standard Application : Yes
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