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Salem High School

Public | 9-12 | 1868 students

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Posted September 5, 2014

I'm a junior currently attending Salem & I can honestly say that I've enjoyed my time here.The teachers are really supportive and nice, for the most part with few exceptions. I metso many people from so many ddifferent backgrounds and the VPAA really enhance the school. Its unbelievable how much talent is in Salem, & its not just the Academy either. Salem has excellence in sports, clubs, & in the classroom. My only criticism of Salem is how trivial the administration can be when it comes to rules , they are almost tyrannical & Keever is really making changes that are detrimental to the many flourishing programs at Salem. Overall Salem is a good school and you can have a good experience there.


Posted June 22, 2014

I see the quality of education at SHS! Based on the way the students write the word "Principle"i in the 2 most recent posts. There have been a lot of problems in the middle school which will filter into the high school. My son is zoned for this school and am so HAPPY he will not be going there, he was accepted to an academy program elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

I go to Salem at the moment and also in the academy for theatre. I believe Salem is great we might need a little more updating but its one of the best schools around . I love our principle and the rules he enforces are good to keep us in line. We havn't had a fight , or anything I feel safer in this school than I feel elsewhere . So I'm happy to be a sundevil!!!!!!


Posted September 4, 2013

I have to disagree with other comments about the principle being too strict, I think the principle is doing an AMAZING job keeping the school a safe place to learn and a great place to attend. I attended school when the old principle was at salem and I never talked to him once in the 2 years I was at Salem with him, but with the new principle, I talk to him almost every day and he does a very good job of keeping in touch with students. The school values academics as much as athletics and clubs. It's great to have a school that so strong in supporting students. The student government at salem is even nationally recognized and has received a gold award for it's efforts!


Posted July 27, 2013

I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to attend Salem High School. I have had amazing teachers and met amazing people! Many people say that the principal is on a 'power trip' that he 'over-steeps boundaries', and gives 'unneeded punishments' and I feel that they are wrong. I believe that the principal is doing a good job at keeping the school from falling apart. The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (where I will be going into my third year in the theatre strand) provides all the students with an in depth knowledge of their desired subject and provides them with the skills needed to have a job in that field. The teachers in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA for short) form real relationships with all their students, and students are accepted in Salem whether they are in or out of the VPAA. Not only do I form relationships with my VPAA teachers, but I am also able to form relationships with my core subject teachers, which is something that can not be found at many other schools. Relationships between students and teachers will lead to a better ability to learn. I am thankful that I get to go to Salem and call myself a Sundevil.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2013

Although I do agree with the other comments here that the new principal is over the top strict, my child's experience at this school has been excellent, with a couple of teacher exceptions (I think you find that anywhere). As long as your child knows the rules, they will flourish at this school. Lots of staff/teacher involvement and plenty of opportunity for the kids to get involved. Quality of education is exceptional. I am in real estate and have no problem recommending this school to prospective clients.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

I have no complaints for my daughter's academics, the classes and teachers all seem to be very helpful. My problem is with the new and current principal. He steps out of boundaries sometimes, giving unneeded punishments and believing rumors. I do not approve of him ruling my daughter's school and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

The principal at this school is on a power trip. He is giving punishments that by far out weigh the action. Giving the students or their parents any opportunity to find out the reason for the actions. Many parents have had the same issue with him since he became principal. Threats of long term suspensions and or expulsions for actions the by no mean warrant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

This school has served both my children well on completely opposite ends of the education spectrum for 7 years. My daughter attended as part of the Visual Arts Academy Program, and my son attends in special services and inclusion classes. Each child has had challenges, but various teachers and principals have stepped forward and helped us and our children get through each challenge. Salem High School has been excellent and should have higher reviews here than it has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

Salem High schools offers many programs as well as providing a culturally diverse experience. In Virginia Beach this school is the Arts Academy. We had (as parents) an overall positive experience here. The principal, and supporting staff truly want to see the kids succeed, and any high school truly is what you make of it. The teaching staff and counseling staff are a group of caring individuals. Overall our children enjoyed their experience there. They were involved in music, sports, theater, NJROTC, and student council. We will miss the many positive experiences we had there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Innovative teachers who can help students have fun learning, offer strong opportunities for the arts, and still maintain high state testing scores.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

I am an alumni and the school environment is so rich and diverse with great students who are active in organizations and teachers who care about their students' success.


Posted September 17, 2009

As a professor and consultant to various national education programs, I am most impressed with the Filipino American Cultural Society (FACS) of Salem High School, taught by exemplary teacher Ray Obispo. Performances by students of FACS have impressed audiences throughout the United States for well over a decade. I even took a videotape of FACS students when I lectured abroad; an international conference gathering was moved by students' original poetry, skits, acting. Most recently, I've written about FACS in a national review of curricula that promotes critical thinking and education for social justice. FACS alumni are national leaders in politics and various fields. Many have even assumed responsibility for mentoring 'the next generation.' This is education at its best. Kudos to Salem High School in VA Beach!!


Posted June 24, 2007

I just recently graduated from Salem this June and I say that the school has gotten a lot better. There were less fights and Dr. Robertson really stepped up to being principal. When I was a freshmen & sophomore when Mr. Donahoe was principal were a lot of fights that seem to happen like every week. Also, I feel like parents need to be involve in what their children are doing. The teacher quality is okay. I know there is some teachers that care about their students but I had some teachers who didn't teach very well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 12, 2007

I had a child that attended Salem High 9th through part of her 11th grade year I moved her to another school because of safety and a lack of quality teachers and adminstators. That was in 2003.My opinion of this school since then has greatly improved. I have a junior attending now and am very pleased with the way things have changed. I believe our principal,the academy and parent involement have helped change this.The overcrowding problem has been corrected also.My daughter loves school and is involved in SCA, sports and the academy. I have recomended this school to many of my clients. L.M.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

This is my son first year in High School and I was nervous about it, but I was very impress how quickly he adapted to it. He in the NROTC program where he has grown alot as a person, he is now trying out for the football team. For me all I have is wonderful things to say about this school. He is even making honors as well. I am really happy with his school. Right now I can't think of another school I would have wanted him to go to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2006

I was very disappointed with the actions this school took when my child was failing. I would hope the new principal takes steps to ensure this situation does not repeat itself for another parent/child. Keep an eye on your child to ensure that they do not fall behind cause you cannot rely of the administration to inform you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

I've had three children attend Salem HS. My hope is that the new principal will correct the issues of the last one and his staff. My last child excelled as a student and at extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2006

Salem has improved greatly since the arrival of the current principal in 2005. He is correcting the problems caused by the previous weak leadership and the results are visible and welcome. The building and grounds are clean, the attitude is better and standards are higher. If your impression of Salem is from before September 2005, you need to come see the great improvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

As a Salem graduate i have to disagree with what some of the parents have stated in the school. I graduated c/o 2005.2005 was not one of the best yrs. of salem but they have had tried turning it around since then, and with the new principal i know that the school is way much more cleaner and much more discipilined and in order. I also disagree with the academic/athletes being ' minority ' considering more than half the school is involved with some sort of activity. i do have to agree salem has some of the greatest teachers - one in particular helped me find something i was really passionate in. i was lucky to go to a school that was so diverse and i am proud to be an alumni.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
96%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students67%
Female students71%
Male students62%
Black students57%
Asian students80%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial71%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English66%

Algebra II

All Students79%
Female students81%
Male students76%
Black students75%
Asian students85%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial73%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Biology

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students86%
Black students73%
Asian students94%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial83%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students90%
Black students86%
Asian students89%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial94%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Earth Science

All Students75%
Female students78%
Male students72%
Black students66%
Asian students72%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial83%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Reading

All Students94%
Female students97%
Male students90%
Black students91%
Asian students92%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial98%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students88%
Black students84%
Asian students94%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial93%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students82%
Black students71%
Asian students95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial84%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students84%
Female students83%
Male students84%
Black students74%
Asian students80%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial95%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

World Geography

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students89%
Black students80%
Asian students93%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial90%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

World History I

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students81%
Black students75%
Asian students93%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial94%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

World History II

All Students83%
Female students76%
Male students91%
Black students68%
Asian students100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial74%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Daniel F Keever
Fax number
  • (757) 474-0100

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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