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.

Week of May 30, 2019

From the Head of School

I am a better person for being around teenagers…not because they test me, but because they have this perfect balance of unapologetic strength and unfiltered, raw vulnerability. They are beautiful examples of aliveness. We should all strive for a little more of that.” (Amy Fast, Ed D)

Thank you, parents and guardians, for sharing your daughter/granddaughter/niece/sister with us this year. Salem Academy is richer because of her students, and the composition of all the girls in grades 9-12 made the 2018-2019 school year one to be proud of.

Next week, I will share a reflection on these last few days and all the excitement that they bring. For now, though, I simply want to say THANK YOU.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Graduation Events

Friday, May 31


11:00 a.m. - Home Moravian Church (on the square in Old Salem). This event is required for all students.

Recognition Assembly         

4:30 p.m. - Hanes Auditorium. This event is required for all students and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Head of School Dinner       

6:00 p.m. - Bryant Hall. This event is for seniors and their families.  

There’s no charge for the first 5 guests ($15/person after that)  Reservations requested – click here to RSVP.

Art Show Reception             

7:00 p.m. - Fine Arts Center

Glee Club Spring Concert

8:00 p.m. - Fine Arts Center, Hanes Auditorium. Open to the public.

Senior Fest                           

10:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m - Bryant Hall.  A dance and celebration for all students, families, friends, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, June 1


10:00 a.m. - May Dell. Required for all student (Hanes Auditorium, Fine Arts Center, if rain)


Academy Front Lawn (after graduation)

Attendance at Baccalaureate, Recognition Assembly, and Graduation is required of all students. Boarding students may leave as soon as the graduation is over on June 1, about 11:30 a.m.  The dorms will close and all students should have moved out by 4:00 p.m. If this schedule presents a problem for you, please discuss it with Miss Rogers before the end of school. Also, Day Students should have lockers cleaned out and all personal belongings removed from the school by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Schedule Revisions for the 2019-2020 School Year

The daily schedule will undergo minor revisions for the 2019-2020 school year.  You can preview the updates here.


End of Year Grades Available by June 7

Final grades and teacher comments for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted in the Parent Portal by Friday, June 7.

Summer Reading Lists Available

This summer’s All School Read is The Rent Collector by Camron Wright.  In addition, students will read one additional work for their English class.  View the summer reading guidelines and the complete reading lists here.


AP US History & US History Character Social

Mr. Royster’s AP US History and US History classes held their annual, end-of-year History Character Social on Monday, May 20. Each student had to choose a notable person or character type from American history (Salem Witch on trial, Oregon Trail Pioneer, 1920s Flapper), and portray that person in class for the day. They also had to bring a food or drink themed to their person or character. Among the “time travelers” on May 20 were Presidents William Howard Taft (stuck in bathtub), Theodore Roosevelt and his diplomacy “big stick”, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, the Bee Gees, Gilded Age tycoons Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, aviator Amelia Earhart, Senators Huey P. Long and Joseph McCarthy, inventor Thomas Edison, Al Capone, First Lady Dolley Madison, abolitionist John Brown, Malcolm X, Charlie Chaplin, Jay Gatsby, flapper Zelda Fitzgerald, and many more. A fun time was had by all, and it was a great way to end the school year!

Athletics Recap

This past weekend the Lady Sabers joined fourteen other schools to compete in the NCISAA Division II State Track and Field meet. The meet was held at Gaston Christian School in Gastonia, NC on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2019.

Representing Salem Academy in their purple and gold were Sophia Gnad (Long Jump, 4x200), Sydney Whitt (4x100, 4x200), Jeanine Ikekhua (100, 4x100, 4x200), Kiya Norman (200m, 4x100, 4x200), Brier Evans (Long Jump, Shot Put), Jade Alston (Discus), Jyana Seaman (Shot Put), Tochi Okoli (Discus, Shot Put), Miracle Etim-Andy (Discus, Shot Put) and Monica Conley (100, 200, 4x100). Each athlete showed up in a big way and together, the Lady Sabers earned an overall 6th place team finish.

Friday afternoon started off with the field events.  Brier Evans held nothing back in long jump setting herself a new personal record (13-10). Over at the discus circle, Miracle Etim-Andy spun to a first place victory, earning her first of two All-State titles with a throw of 107-11.75. Taking that momentum with them into Saturday’s competition, Miracle again captured a state title with her first place toss of 35-10.5 in the shot put to tie her personal and school record. Teammates Tochi Okoli and Brier Evans earned the team some solid points as well from the shot put circle coming in 6th (30-01) and 8th (29-11, PR) place respectively.

After a day of preliminary rounds on Friday, running hard to qualify for finals on Saturday’s competition, Monica Conley clenched two All-State awards with a 2nd place finish in the 100m (13.00) and a 3rd place finish in the 200m (27.46) ending her season with a new personal record.

Both relays ran on Saturday, earning the team two 7th place finishes to add to the team score. The Lady Sabers 4x100m relay ended their season with a new season-best time of 54.08 (Kiya NormanMonica ConleySydney WhittJeanine Ikekhua).

Coach K, Coach Flower, and Coach T are very proud of the efforts of the team to get this far into the postseason competition and impressed with the team’s performances to end the season. They would like to thank the girls for their hard work this season, the parents and family members who offered amazing support and encouragement to the team, and the Academy as well for giving the team the opportunity to do so well this season.

Salem Academy Girl Up

Salem Academy’s chapter of Girl Up is pleased to announce that it has made a $350 contribution to an education program for refugee girls in Uganda which is sponsored by the international Girl Up organization. Currently, Mandy Peake and Helen Watson, the newly elected co-presidents for 2019-2020 school year, are heading a school supplies drive which will benefit a program in Haiti and Old Town Elementary School. This is the second year of our supply drive designed to help local and international school children.

The pictures below show members of Girl Up with students from Brunson elementary school participating in a pilot program which began with twice-monthly meetings in March. Girl Up designed the program and focused on mentoring four girls, two of whom were born in an African refugee camp. The program was so popular that there was a waiting list at Brunson! Academy students chose activities to match the Brunson girls’ interests. They created lesson plans for activities ranging from robotics and drama to ecological conservation. The Brunson girls were very impressed with Salem students and are looking forward to continuing in the program next year.


Salem Academy Calendar and Major Dates

Ready to beginning planning for the next school year?  Click here to view major dates for the upcoming academic year.

Reminder to Parents!

Returning parents, please don’t forget about our new referral bonus!

For current families who refer new families to Salem Academy, there will be a $1000 referral bonus applied towards tuition.

Qualifications include:

  1. The family must be new to Salem Academy;
  2. The new family must notify us of your referral; and
  3. The new family must pay their deposit and registration fees.

This bonus will be applied to the 2019-2020 school year and is awarded per family referred.

2019 NCAIS Student Lead’Her’ship Conference

The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools is hosting the Student Lead’Her’ship Conference on June 9 - 11 at St. Mary’s Schoool in Raleigh, NC. TEach student leader who participates in the conference will come away with awareness, skills, resources, ongoing support. They will also build the confidence needed to facilitate and lead a girls group, activities and/or a school-wide event in their school community.   The conference is for 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students.

For more information about the 2019 Student Lead’Her’ship conference and to register, please click here.

Jan Term Trip 2020 - Austria, Switzerland, and Germany

A Message from Mrs. Robinson:
I am more excited than ever for our trip next January to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. EF Education First in Boston rolled out the red carpet to welcome me into their headquarters for a tour and specialized planning of our journey. I also received a wonderful surprise as I walked onto the planning floor and heard my name called out from across the room. Our very own, Brooke Drost, formerly with the Academy admissions team, now works for EF in Boston. Having one of our own to monitor our progress and aid in the success of our trip will make this experience one we will never forget!  Please contact me at maria.robinson@salem.edu to join our already growing group of adventurers or go to http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA and book your trip today for an extra $100 off. 

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!
Go to https://www.salemacademy.com/steamcamp

2019 Salem Sports Camp

500 East Salem Ave | Winston-Salem, NC 27101 | 1-877-40SALEM