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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Salem City Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Salem, VA. It has 3,958 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.

Salem City Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1160
239 responses
Average ACT
26
68 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,958
Free or Reduced Lunch
32.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,037
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.6%

Finances

Total Expenses
$55,273,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,352/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$57,185
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$915
National
$949
Median Home Value
$176,800
National
$184,700

Salem City Schools Reviews

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At Salem there is a family type of environment. Here they have a 6 point grading scale that can take a while to get used to, but once you get used to it, it gets a lot easier. The teachers and faculty here constantly try their hardest to make sure that you know that they are there to help you with any and everything. While there’s a family type of environment, you can tell that some students are more privileged than others, especially when it comes to sports. When it comes to academics, the teachers here will not let you fail, they’ll give you chance, after chance, after chance to get a good grade. The only thing that gets annoying is how small the school is with so many people in it, but overall it’s a good school.
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The environment is amazing and most teachers truly care about you. It offers International Baccalaureate and AP classes. There is a variety of class choices. Their are also several opportunities to participate in an internship in your preferred area of study your senior year. Their are dozens of creative clubs for everyone to participate in. They have a 6 point grading scale which is more challenging to keep and A but teachers often grade with a curve. People move to Salem just so their child can go to Salem City Schools. It is perfect for every type of learner and person!
My experience has been wonderful. I know my teachers truly have cared about me, from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Like any school system, they do have issues that need to be taken care of such as the availability of certain classes. I think they need to offer more AP classes for all grade levels. Currently, they offer very few AP classes and are focused on IB courses, which only helps students if they go for the full IB diploma, which takes a lot of time and stops students from receiving credit from high school courses. My experience with my IB courses has taught me a lot, but it has limited my college credits.