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.


Applying to Salem Academy

At Salem Academy, anything is possible!

Each year, we craft a student body you will be proud to be a member of, where you will stretch beyond your imagination, and where you will embrace your classmates. Students who wish to be considered for enrollment at Salem Academy are urged to submit applications for acceptance in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades. A few exceptionally qualified twelfth-grade students may also apply.

Admissions Procedures

We look forward to receiving your application for admission! Please find information regarding deadlines and application materials below. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Office of Admissions at (336) 721-2643 or academy@salem.edu

All students are encouraged to submit an online application in one of three ways. You may create a personalized Salem Academy account and apply online through our website–see below. You may also apply through Gateway to Prep Schools or through the Standard Application Online (SAO) through SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test).

Application Checklist

A completed application includes each of the following elements:

  1. Application (for domestic boarders or day students)  OR   International Student Application
    • Tell us about yourself and your achievements. Submit with the application fee of $50.
  2. Student Questionnaire Essay
    • Choose one of the prompts on the form provided and write a brief descriptive essay.
  3. Parent Questionnaire
    • In order to better serve each student and her family, we would like to know more about her educational path and what her parents anticipate her future at Salem Academy to be.
  4. Transcript
    • Please ask your guidance counselor or principal to submit an official transcript showing grades and courses from the current school year and previous two years.  A transcript can be uploaded through the online form completed by your principal or school counselor.
  5. Testing
    • Candidates for admission are asked to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) during the year of application to Salem Academy. This test is administered by the Secondary School Admission Test Board on specific dates throughout the school year in test centers here and abroad. Please visit the SSAT website for more information and online registration.
    • We advise taking the SSAT in October, November, December, or January. Candidates should indicate that their SSAT scores be reported to Salem Academy. The school code is 7048.
    • The optional character skills test offered by SSAT is not required; however, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. 
    • Eleventh and twelfth-grade applicants may be evaluated on the basis of the PSAT or SAT scores.
    • International applicants may submit TOEFL or TOEFL, Jr. scores as an alternate to the SSAT. Salem’s TOEFL code is 3155.
  6. Recommendations (optional)
    • You are welcome to submit recommendations as supplemental materials but are not a requirement.
  7. Interview (optional)
    • A personal interview is optional for admissions at Salem Academy. Other appointments may be arranged by contacting the Office of Admissions at (336) 721-2643 or academy@salem.edu

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