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Salem Academy Charter School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $235,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,150.

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Posted November 10, 2013

This is hands-down the best school in Salem. Overall, I'd say it has a private school feel, and its small size means kids can feel comfortable quickly. Academics are above average in terms of rigor, and teachers are responsive for the most part. Yes, there is a relatively high degree of discipline and a lot of homework, but I feel this is better than the alternatives prevalent at other schools. Extracurriculars are markedly improving, with the list of options growing every year. Facilities are relatively poor, but also improving with the addition of more space (they also make use of city facilities and parks). As noted in other reviews, the arts are relatively weak, but again getting better. My kids have attended 4 other schools in the district, and Salem Academy stands out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

this is a great school i go here,we have the nicest teachers and everyone gets involved in activities at our school.the teachers and students here at sacs have made it possible for every student to succeed and reach for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

Well..Im not going to even give this forsaken school any stars. I've been at this school for way too long, andit's taking its toll. I have come to find that over the years...This school has sucked.....But..I have to admit it's gotten better. They have more options for athletics. Im a returning soccer, basketball,softball, and now cross country member. Salem academy is coplex to descrice exactly. It...It works its students a little too hard, also it 'babys' the students too much. As a student..I feel it should offer more independance. I personaly do not like the manditory service learning....And i do not like the fact that it has limited to offer in the classes. I would like to take shop classes..Like wood shop or mechanics. I would like to be exposed to other languages and have the opourtunity to study another language other than spanish. Ive taken spanish for the past six years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

It is a great school the teachers the students activities children get in and the respect the director teachers and students have for each other couldnt ask for a better school for my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

Compared to the other Salem Public school's this school ROCKS! Very positive enviroment focusing on community service and college prep. A free public school choice with a private school feel.Including but not limited to dress code etc. Serving over 25 Ma. communities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

Great school, good academic program, tutoring is mandatory for all kids below acceptable benchmarks. Dress code. Grades available online.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

Udate- sports include soccer, basketball, softball and track. Gym close to facility is now used. Now has a solid music and arts program. Free/mandatory tutoring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

This school is terrible. There is no sports program, the building is falling down, the teachers are mean and impatient, They over use discipline in unneccesary situations. Last there is absolutely no school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

The school is solid academically, much better than the local middle school. Problems are inadequate facilities, excessive use of discipline and not much to offer in the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

very few extra curricular activities. Some student have to choose between art and gym. No home ec., or shop classes offered. Very few school resources. No gym or art room.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Female67%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students63%
Female56%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title I63%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Female92%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students57%
Female56%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title I57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female91%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title I86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students54%
Female51%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students39%
Female39%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title I84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students89%
Female85%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title I89%
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

65%

Average SAT score

1420

Graduation rate

96%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 67%
Hispanic 37% 16%
Black 9% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/A51%
Female 50%N/A49%
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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