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