Salem Academy Charter School is an independent, public, college preparatory school serving 420 students in grades six through twelve. Through a unique integration of college preparatory classes with service to the community, Salem Academy graduates informed, articulate, and proactive individuals of strong character. Ranked the Best Charter School in Boston by Boston Magazine in Fall 2012, and the 5th Best High School in Massachusetts by U.S. News and World Report in Spring 2013, Salem Academy is proud also to have been named a Level One school by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools for the second year in a row.
Salem Academy Charter School welcomes all students regardless of academic proficiency, special needs, English language development, or any other factors that may put students at risk of success. There is no tuition, and enrollment is open to all on a lottery basis as space permits. Preference is given to siblings of currently attending students, Salem residents, and then non-Salem residents.
Founded to serve the diverse population of Salem, Salem Academy Charter School’s population is 47% white, 34% Hispanic, 12% African American, 5 % Asian; and 1.5% multi-racial. This school community includes Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students; and it includes gay, straight, and bisexual students. Salem Academy Charter School has set a priority on the creation of a school culture that celebrates diversity, supports learning, applauds success, and guarantees the physical, psychological, and emotional safety of its students. Salem Academy believes that every student is capable of success when held to high expectations and provided with structure, support, and consistency.
Salem Academy offers a standards based, college preparatory academic program enhanced by honors level and Advanced Placement courses in the Upper School. Academic prep learning center classes are provided for small groups of students who need extra help in specific subject areas. An extensive special education program supports students with Individualized Education Plans, and the academic staff includes two full time licensed ELL teachers. Most classroom teachers are RETELL trained as well. Art, music, physical education, and health are required elements of the program. Salem Academy competes in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization and supports a variety of extracurricular and after school activities.
Salem Academy is located in Shetland Park, convenient to the residential Point Neighborhood and to the attractions of Pickering Wharf and the historic downtown area. An extended day and extended year allow for a full schedule of academic classes, enrichment programs, and the school’s signature Service Learning programs engaging students in structured community service projects that apply academic pursuit to actual practice.
With a track record of impressive growth, demonstrated success, high MCAS scores, and financial viability, Salem Academy is pleased to be a school of choice in Salem.