Serving the Towns of Salem, Hebron, Shushan, Jackson, Greenwich, NY, and Rupert VT
Washington Academy, founded in 1780, later becoming Salem Central School, was among the first secondary schools in New York State. Maintaining quality educational programs has always been given a high priority. The district's buildings retain the charm of its early architecture and unique beginning.
The Salem Central School District has a stable enrollment of 544 students, K-12, on one central campus. This includes approximately 28 students from the neighboring town of Rupert who are enrolled in the secondary level program as part of a unique relationship with the state of Vermont. The students in the elementary school are served by classroom teachers, as well as full-time professional personnel in the areas of art, music, physical education, and library science.
The K-6 structure offers traditional classes as well as a departmentalized approach in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade. Programs in Reading Recovery and mentoring help to illustrate the emphasis placed on preparing students to become successful lifelong learners in a competitive society.
Salem's Washington Academy is comprised of grades 7-12 and strives to meet the needs of all students. More than seventy five percent of the student body typically chooses to pursue post secondary education. Others seek added skills training, enter the job market, or enlist in the military.
In the Jr./Sr. High, 28 teachers serve approximately 259 students in academic, occupational, fine arts, and special education areas. Instruction in a second language (Spanish) begins in the seventh grade. Highlighting an excellent agricultural program is an on-site greenhouse in the high school courtyard. Expanded computer lab facilities provide students with the opportunity to develop this important technological skill. In addition, Advanced Placement English, History, Psychology, Biology and Calculus are available to students in their junior and senior years.