Courses of Study

The academic program at Salem is designed to prepare our students for a lifetime of learning in a global society.

We offer each student a challenging college-preparatory education along with the freedom and support to discover her passion.The program of study is also designed to meet the entrance requirements of the most selective colleges and universities.

With a student/faculty ratio of 7:1, Salem affords a learning environment that is, at once, both challenging and intimate. We know each student well and understand the responsibility we have to enable her to succeed in her studies.


College-preparatory courses are standard for all students, with 20 academic credits required for graduation. Most students carry five academic subjects. Specific requirements include four credits in English, two in the same foreign language, four credits in high school mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II required), three in history (US history required), and three in science (Biology and Chemistry required). In addition, the Academy requires credits for graduation in art, music, health, physical education, and religion.

Advanced Placement

Salem students have a strong history of academic achievement on College Board Advanced Placement examinations. Students of demonstrated and consistent ability are encouraged to take courses that prepare them for the AP exams. For placement in these advanced-level classes, please read the recommendation policy and the honors requirements and prerequisites.

The following advanced placement courses are offered to those students who qualify: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, US History, World History, Spanish Language, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Biology, and Chemistry.

Course Descriptions

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