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Salem Academy Christian Middle and High School

Private | 7-12 | 595 students

 
 

 

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Posted September 8, 2013

No school is perfect, and there are pros and cons for the public and private options currently available in Salem. Some strengths of Salem Academy include a safe learning environment pre-K through HS., high standards for student behavior and character, good classroom sizes, and a strong sense of community allowing parents to be closely involved with their students progress. Unfortunately, there is not much diversity within the school, which is a detriment to students who will graduate into a global world market/economy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

What i love most about SA is the people. That may sound overused and cliche, but i really mean it. Recently, i returned their from a year at the local public school, and the difference in attitude is humongous. The teachers really have a passion for teaching, and seem to actually enjoy their job. They know how to make the classroom enjoyable, and make your time with them pleasant. The teachers' happy attitudes are transferred to the students, who are nicer, and value there education. They feel an actual desire to learn, because the teachers actually desire desire to teach. Sure, the kids aren't exactly balls of sunshine after being assigned homework, but not everything in life can be fun and games, right? The point is, at Salem Academy the people are happy, excited abut class, and ready to learn (or teach).


Posted September 8, 2013

The school is very generous with their scholarships, affording opportunities for those who otherwise couldn't afford it. However, getting in the door does not remove the stratified divide between those scraping to get by and those with affluence. Talk to your student about these things so that they may thrive in this reality, regardless of what side of that spectrum you are on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

As a parent we worry about many things within the middle school and high school years. One of the best things about this school is that those worries are less. Salem Academy is a smaller "family" style school. I know most of the students at Salem Academy, even if my kids are not best friends with them. I feel comfortable with any parent to go up and talk to them and they feel comfortable to talk to me if they see one of my children acting in a way that is not acceptable. I never understood the expression of it takes a village to raise a child until my kids started to go to school here. You add that to great teachers who actually know who I am and who my kids are, even if they aren't in their class. We are not a number, but a face, a person with individual needs and concerns that get taken seriously. My kids have grown spiritually and turned into great teens who show strong leadership qualities and have a love for learning. No school is perfect, but we would recommend Salem Academy to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

I Have gone to SA since Pre-k its been about 11 years now and i still go here. I love the classes and would recommend this school for anyone interested. At most schools there are cliques and certain "popular" groups, but at SA everyone is popular in your own group of friends. If your new your likely to be talked to alot and asked a bunch of questions by students and teachers both. we are very hospitable and LOVE newcomers. But there are a few things I would change, as anyone can find fault in anything if you look hard enough. I would change two things, i would like to have more science/biology/chem Lab classes. And the sports i don't think we need a racquetball or golf team and i feel its a waste of money that could be used and other things like new computers for teachers and supplies as they tend to run out of it about a third of the way thru the school year. Overall great school with lots of fun activities and field trips.


Posted July 2, 2013

You have to fit the standards of the other kids to fit in. They force religion on you when they claim they do not


Posted June 14, 2013

Great school! High academic standards and great teacher/student ratio. Fantastic music and sports programs. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

Academics are high. All teachers (2005-2006) have degrees. Students have gone on to Stanford, West Point, etc. The choir placed 5th and 9th in the State the last two years (There are 72 2A schools in Oregon). The band program is small, but growing. 2D, 3D Art and Industrial Arts offer several courses. Several sports are offered: Football, Volleyball, Basketball (b&g), Baseball, Softball, Track & Field. Salem Academy is very diverse: this year (2005-2006) there are 44 international students from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. This has enhanced the educational experience for all of the students. Salem Academy is a small 2A school (245 high school students), but is a dynamic, growing school which provides a high level of academics and encourages a high value on personal relationships. Students are not just a number, but are seen as precious, loved persons with much potential!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

Academics are strong, but there are not always qualified teachers. Often, there are teachers without degrees or still in the process of completing them. There are many sports available, almost all except, swimming, wrestling, &cheerleading. Not all electives are available, just the basics. No econimic classes, writing or speech,etc available. Parents are very involoved becuase funding is low and volunteering is required.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 73%
Asian 9% N/A
Hispanic 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 43% (2011)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 52% (2011)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2011)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 3% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Corban University
Chemeketa University
Oregon State University
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Ken Friesen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (503) 378-3522

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • National Honor Society
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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How to apply

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Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Corban University
Chemeketa University
Oregon State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
2 year college - 43%
4 year college - 52%
Military - 2%
Workforce - 3%
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942 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97301
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Phone: (503) 378-1219

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