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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Salem Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Salem, MA. It has 3,849 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
29 Highland Avenue
Salem, MA 01970
Telephone
(978) 740-1212

Salem Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1140
167 responses
Average ACT
28
30 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,849
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,185
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%

Finances

Total Expenses
$118,432,000
Expenses Per Student
$20,207/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    3%

Salem Public Schools Reviews

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SHS has so many opportunities for people with broad ranging interested and abilities. They have many AP offerings! I was not only able to participate in ALL my areas of interest but was able to take advantage of many unique leadership opportunities. It is a very inclusive environment so even if someone isn't very good at something - they are still included. Those people often grow enough to become very good at that thing. It doesn't produce the #1 ranking in sports or music competitions [well, not usually] but it does produce very well rounded students who work hard, work together, and are happy at what they are doing!
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I have enjoyed seeing pride develop in relation to the Salem sports teams and support of young student athletes and their families. In terms of academic pride, there needs to be more resources for students who are learning English or face hardship with income. There are many teachers who personally provide emotional support for their students, and there needs to be more recognition for these teachers by administration.
I am a professor and have had two kids graduate through Salem Public Schools and one who is still there. The biggest problem in the elementary schools right now is the administration cracking a whip over the teachers and to try and improve test scores. The teachers are all great and really care about the kids. Collins Middle School and Salem High School are both great! So many more opportunities than other schools and the high school has very good academics for higher achieving students. Students with more severe academic disabilities can still succeed at one of the many non-academic areas the school offers even if their test scores are not good - but those test scores count all the same causing the "rankings" to make the school appear low. Other area schools do not have students with more severe academic disabilities because they do not service them. Many area professors send their kids to Salem High School and I don't know a single one that has been unhappy with it.