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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South Salem High School is an above average, public school located in Salem, OR. It has 1,925 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.

South Salem High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1170
351 responses
Average ACT
26
36 responses
AP Enrollment
0%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$53,619
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$922
National
$949
Median Home Value
$223,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.44 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.44 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 161 responses
  • Football Games
    19%
  • Color wars
    18%
  • Assemblies and the sports support 'rowdy dowds'
    15%
  • Dances
    13%
  • Toga Day
    12%
  • Basketball games
    6%
  • Day of Silence, LGBT support
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,925
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,087
Teachers in First/Second Year
100%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,012/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.63 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.63 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.63 responses
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I love South Salem High School because it is extremely inclusive, and a very exciting place to attend school. We are always so positive and caring toward our own students, as well as the other surrounding high schools. We have an amazing academic experience because we are the only school that offers the International Baccalaureate program in our district. This means we get many transfers into our school, including me! The teachers and staff are super friendly and they genuinely care about the students and our mental health. We offer so many different opportunities and activities, which make us stand out from the rest of any high schools in our district. Overall, this is an amazing school to continue your education at, and I would 100% recommend it to anybody.
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My experience at South was great. It is a safe high school surrounded by students that have different backgrounds. You can feel the "Saxon" spirit as soon as you walk through the main entrance double doors. The principal is filled with spirit and it is obvious she has a grand love for South, which makes the school better. Some amazing teachers help with personal and academic-related problems. They truly care for their students. While being at south, I always felt welcomed, well supported, and safe. Their resources are great! Whether that is needing college advice, or needing help with classes the counselors are a great source of help. It was an honor to be part of the South Saxon family, I have made memories with friends I will keep forever.
South Salem High school is a great school for students who are looking for a diverse and very welcoming environment. The staff at South are people who are looking for you to become a better person as well as help you improve in the classroom hoping to prepare you for the next step. Sports and activities at South are great! maybe not the best in being dominant year after year but definitely teamwork and self-improvement are incorporated into this. Coaches and members in the sports in the south are very hardworking and prepare you for the future if playing at the next level is one of your goals. Overall South is a school where everyone feels included and will definitely remember their experience 20 years after graduating.