Students enrolled 1219
Hours 7:30am - 2:15pm
School leader Mr Herbert A Ellzey
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools
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6150 Old Jenks Road
Apex, NC 27502

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4 stars
Based on 23 ratings

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May 30, 2014
This school has bullying and the teachers don't care! Except for a few teachers that do but there is always theft here.

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2014
i am currently a 7th grader at this school it sucks really bad there is too much bullying and the teachers will not do anything to help at all my teacher is constanlly failing students and baleming tem for stuff they didnt do so yeah its the wrost school these thots aint loyal lol ... the teachers have no consideration for the stundent on what he or she is going on at home all u parents do not let your child go to this school sincerly a former stundent of salem

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2014
I believe Salem is an above average MS. My son entered 7th grade after 5 years at Thales Private school so he had some adjustments to make in terms of thinking, organizing and managing for himself. Although his private schooling excelled in terms of his learning, he lacked independent skills coming into this school. Most importantly, he experienced a severe dose of bullying right off the bat which went on for almost 2 quarters before I blew a gasket with the administration. Sure there are plenty of posters and 'lip service' denouncing bullying at Salem, but when it came to dealing with it, my son was not justly served. It finally took a chance video of one event to prove there was an issue. I had to demand in a heated conversation with the principal a change of tracks which was reluctantly accommodated to resolve the problem. My sons grades dropped from A/B's to C/D's during the first half and have only marginally recovered since. I know some of this has to do with the transfer back to public school but his confidence was shattered when those who are trusted with his safety failed him on several occasions. Don't take NO for answers, the principal is supposed to be our PAL.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
There are a few exceptional teachers at this school and they really stand out! When is comes to Math teachers they have a major problem! My son had one teacher that has been there for several years still nervous in front of the students and would ask them how to do certain problems. Then there was my sons 8th grade year with 5 math teachers in one year! Another track had the same problem with 4 different math teachers. The principal was not interested in dealing with all the inadequate math teachers and would shy away from parent calls and emails and would not deal with the problem himself. Two years of bad math instruction to the point that Apex High had to have several Special Topics Math courses to bring all the Salem Middle students up to par.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Salem Middles School is 100% absolutely TERRIBLE! They say they help you and prevent bullying and help with education. But all of those are lies. Half the school gets bullied and they do nothing about it. Teachers are not good with teaching at all. They just get mad or upset when the students fail for their faults. Like it's ridiculous. My daughter shouldn't be living like this. Everything about that school is pathetic! You think it's good!? Think again and find another school to go to. You'll hate it here and so will your child

- submitted by a community member
January 28, 2014
Salem is an excellent school. If you're looking for a school with a safe environment and clean facilities, this is the one. Bullying is almost nonexistant and the teachers are always looking out for students. There is no place on campus where there isn't adult supervision.. Which sounds annoying but actually lets students be more relaxed. As far as education goes, the teachers are knowledgable and explain concepts well. There are a couple of teachers here and there that are really strict, but no "bad" teacher has survived at Salem for more than a year. I have had a great experience at Salem and Salem has turned me from an okay student to an excelling student.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2012
I couldn't be more pleased with a middle school. My daughter comes home every single day after school telling me how much she loves all of her teachers. This has NEVER happened before. The track4 teachers at Salem are outstanding, as is the band teacher - top in Wake County. All of her teachers (mostly male by the way, which is rare these days) are having such an enormously positive impact on her and how she learns. I can't imagine being at any other school. It's a well-oiled machine at Salem, no complaints at all.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
Both of my children attend the SMS and while we had a rough patch in the past, I have not felt let down by the teachers and their efforts to engage and make learning the focus and lessons interesting. I thank them for all they do.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
Not too crazy about this school. Compassion and caring seem to be absent in some of the teachers and administrative staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
i am in fith grade at laurel park and my friends sister goes to salem middle and she says that the teachers are great and the princeabale (sorry i cant spell it right) is AWSOME i would go to salem and let your daughters and sons go there too. I have been to salem middle school for my friends sisters play and it rocked. They have 6 weeks of weel like art,drama,and spanish. The school is great and you should send your childern to salem middle even my mom says it to

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2011
I am a student at Salem MIddle and I love it! The teachers have a excellent teaching style! The school has chanengling, fast paced classes and many elective choices. After graduating Salem i was well prepared for high school. Salem is a great choice!

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2011
I was a student at Salem for the past three years (I am now a freshman at a nearby high school) and I loved every minute. The teachers were said to be some of the few that were hands-on. Each teacher had a unique teaching style that worked for the majority of the students. There were a lot of extracurricular activities and things to do in school (ex. field trips, hands-on applications/projects). The teachers personally made sure that every student was trying their best and they put their hearts into every word they said. Academic programs include the arts, CTE, AG programs, and community service opportunities. If you are a parent searching for a school your child will love, try Salem. They will have a fantastic experience there! --Note- on a year-round schedule (which I loved), which made a difference.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2011
Very good school with great teachers. My daughter will not like to go to another school.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
My special needs daughter at Salem Middle couldn't have a better team of people to teach her! They have, at times, bent backwards to make sure that she has the support she needs to succeed. The weekly phone call is awesome as it allows us to keep up with all the activites going on, and there are quite a lot.I couldn't ask for a better Middle School,can't wait for my son to start!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2009
Awesome school with excellent leaders/teachers.It Has great extracurricular activities for all grades.Parent involvement and contact is great too! Big A+++ for safety and Discipline!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
Excellent school! Wonderful teachers, very dedicated. I had two children go to Salem Middle School over the last 5 years and I loved every minute of it.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
We are very pleased with Salem Middle and our child has done extremely well there. The kids seem nice and the teachers and staff are outstanding - always giving 100%. We love the weekly (recorded) calls home from the principal which keeps us updated on school events. There are lots of clubs and activities to choose from after school. PTA is very active! Overall, it's been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The staff at Salem Middle School is one of the most hands on institutions within the community.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
We have had a very positive experience here. The teachers are great, very bright, well behaved kids and a clean school. I understand about the e-mail, but with each teacher responsible for 70 kids, it would be practically impossible to do much face to face. Its also part of being older and having less contact with teachers. My suggestion is to use the public PCs at the library.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
We do not have a computer or the funds to buy one but Salem Middle insists on using email for communication. I have tried to get in touch with teachers but can not make face to face contact as the office states teachers want emails not personal visits. I miss the old school days where paper, pencil and getting to know the teachers on a personal basis was the norm. We as a family are very disappointed with the lack of interest the school projects.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
I have lived in NC now for 3 years and will never like how the school system is run but I will say that the education that they give in some school you cant beat and Salem middle is one of them.I am very pleased with my twins at this school. They are very ahead of there times with everthing. Staff is great -teachers are great-and they commumicate wonderfully through weekly phone calls and emails. They are in 6th grade and made a beautiful transition. I will have two more children that will follow them... keep up the good work...

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
This is one of the best schools I've ever been to. There are plenty of after school activities for everyone, there are plainly just so many choices! The teachers are nice and kind, and aren't too strict. There is only the mildest of rude behaviors. Overall, I love Salem Middle!

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June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2007
Having just moved to the area, we are very happy with Salem MS. I have boys attending 7th and 8th grade at Salem and all of the teachers are great! The teachers communicate well with parents via email and the students are very accepting of new students, as they have so many new students each year. Each grade is broken up into teams which helps a large school feel smaller. The teachers on each team balance out their homework assignments/projects/tests so that the kids are never overloaded. The academic standards are high and the kids appear to rise to those expectations. They offer additional opportunities for 8th graders, such as shadowing an adult on the job in the business of their choice, along with the typical career day. I could not be happier with this school which greatly eased our transition into a new area.

- submitted by a parent
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Salem Middle
6150 Old Jenks Road, Apex, NC  27502
(919) 363-1870
Last modified Salem Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Salem Middle Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews.