Salisbury is small, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. But I think it works to an advantage. Teachers are wonderful, I feel that's the best thing about this school. I feel like the grading system is a bit harder than other schools. I know a low of students hate this school, but it's really the students who make it so bad.
I am a senior at salisbury this year, and there is a lot to say about this school, it's administration, it's students and their teachers. Pro's -The 2011-12 school year provided each student with their each individual laptop to use for "school work". Most-all students used their laptop for almost anything else except school work, but they did help with certain situations. Small classes = most students getting help if they need it. Lots of security (40 cameras to monitor 8 hallways). Very little violence. Theft is uncommon. Renovations complete, along with new science wing. Smart boards are used more than chalkboards. I feel prepared for college. There were a lot of electives (art, music, gym, other) classes besides core classes. Cons - Only spanish/german offered. The administration doesn't realize laptops are detrimental to learning, and fire 3 of the very few (in my opinion) teachers that actually connect with the students, put real initiative into their lessons, & try to make education interesting. Among student, frankly it's pitiful. It seems to me that nobody gets a long, or cares about one another. Most students agree that they can't stand each other....
I graduated in 08 and as an alumni, I can say that my experience was awesome. 2 reviews before this says, 'the grade system is based more on homework than tests so students can slip by with a C regardless of getting zero's on all of their tests/quizzes'. I don't know why that's a negative since the PSSA scores are almost always above average anyway. Also, there are mean, nice, easy, tough, stupid and smart teachers and peers as there are in any other school. Not everyone gets along with everyone. When it comes down to it, Salisbury is definitely above average, I was fully prepared for college, I got help when I needed it. I didn't do well at first and for anyone who says the school has academic issues, it is completely the students fault. There is no reason for failure.
As a current student at Salisbury, I have to disagree with many of these negative comments. Although there are a few classes that do seem to be a waste of time, most of them are electives of some sort. The main subjects here (math, science, history, english) are, in my opinion, very good classes and the honors/AP courses are even better. The only real complaint I'd have is that they often take students who are average, but lazy and put them in classes that don't require them to challenge themselves just to get them by.
My parents have had four kids graduate from Salisbury, and they have come to the conclusion that if Salisbury were in its current state when I started there, I would have gone to private school or a neighboring district. Salisbury just isn't what it used to be. The teachers are not challenging, the grade system is based more on homework than tests so students can slip by with a C regardless of getting zero's on all of their tests/quizzes, and the administration spent two hours defining 'flip-flop' so they could ban them from the school. What a joke. Their tech department is in complete disarray. If you need anything done, you have to go to a knowledgeable student instead of the tech department. Principal leadership is too good. Toltalitarian comes to mind. There are teachers that are worthwhile, but they are few and far between
SHS has excellent academic and extracurriculars for a school of this size. SHS has as high or higher PSSA scores than the 'preferred' districts in the area. Its smaller size insures that the average kids do not fall through the cracks and are afforded opportunities that most students in the larger districts can't get.
I went to Salisbury for one semester. The teachers are amazing and I enjoyed learning for the first time in years. On the other hand, the students are close-minded and cruel; any differences were picked apart and used as ammo. Yes; kids are mean but Salisbury students lack tolerance of diversity- which I did not find in other schools. Ironically enough, Salisbury offers a Tolerance and Diversity Class (at least they did in 2001) which is as terrific as it's teacher.
I was not prepared for college. Going there was difficult for me. For such a small district we have had so many tragedies and the administration did not seem to truly care. Parents of friends have tried to get help from the district for emotional problems and were refused.