Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.


Courses of Study

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The academic program at Salem Academy is designed to prepare students for a lifetime of learning in a global society. Salem offers each student a challenging college-preparatory education, along with the freedom and support to discover her passion.

The Salem Academy program of study is also designed to meet the entrance requirements of the most selective colleges and universities. With a student/faculty ratio of 7:1, Salem affords a learning environment that is both challenging and intimate. Both faculty and staff members know each student well and understand their responsibility to enable her to succeed in her studies.



table of credit requirements

College-preparatory courses are standard for all students, with twenty academic credits required for graduation. Most students carry five academic subjects. Specific requirements include four English credits, three world language credits, four mathematics credits (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II required), three history credits (US history required), and three science credits (Biology and Chemistry required). In addition, the Academy requires credits for graduation in art, music, health, physical education, and religion.

For more information on all of the Academy’s course offerings, please download the curriculum guide or view courses by department below. 

Advanced Placement

Salem students have a strong history of academic achievement on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Students of demonstrated and consistent ability are encouraged to take courses that prepare them for the AP exams. For placement in these advanced-level classes, please read the honors requirements and prerequisites.

The following advanced placement courses are offered to those students who qualify: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, US History, Spanish Language and Culture, Latin Literature, English Language and Composition, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Art.


College Courses 

Salem Academy seniors who have demonstrated excellence in their coursework have the unique opportunity to take introductory level courses at Salem College.  In addition, qualified Academy seniors may take dual enrollment courses in English literature, World History, and/or Calculus. Dual enrollment courses are offered at the Academy, and students earn from three to six hours of college credit for each class. All of these college courses are included in Salem Academy tuition, a benefit of the distinctive relationship between the Academy and Salem College.


Course Descriptions


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