Want to make friends? Take a break from studying? Salem Academy has lots of activities for you!
On Campus Activities
New Student Party — a party held at the home of a day student before school starts. This is an excellent way for new and old students to become acquainted.
Athletic Picnic — held during the beginning week of school. New students are chosen to be members of either the Purple or Gold team.
Opening Banquet — celebrates the birthday of the Academy and opens the school year; it is fondly known as the “Smoosh Cake” banquet.
Freshmen Retreat — a retreat held a weekend late in September. It is to promote fellowship and cohesion among the freshmen class and is required for all freshmen.
Senior Day — The seniors are entertained at a breakfast by the faculty, teach classes and receive their rings at an all-school banquet, the Ring Banquet.
Halloween Party — sponsored by the Fellowship Council for foster children in Winston-Salem.
Parents’ Weekend — a series of activities for parents to enable them to meet the teachers and to provide a time for them to talk with their daughter’s advisor.
Fall Dance — dance sponsored by the dance committee. A boys’ school is invited to come and girls may invite their own dates.
Fall Theatre Production — main-stage play presented by the drama department.
Fall Athletic Banquet — to give out athletic awards in the fall sports.
Dance Saturday — away from Salem. Girls travel to a boys’ school for an afternoon athletic event, dinner and a dance.
Candle Tea — is held in Old Salem at the Single Brothers’ House. New students are given free tickets to attend.
Senior Vespers — the Moravian Lovefeast and Candle Service carried out by the senior class. All students are required to attend and family and friends are invited to come.
Theatre Christmas Party – given by the theatre classes for the school. Santa Claus makes an appearance.
Glee Club Christmas Concert — is held the day the students leave for Christmas vacation. It is required for all students.
Fabulous February — special events during the month to brighten the time before Spring Break.
Cupids and Mortals — held immediately before Valentine’s Day and sponsored by the Fellowship Council. For several days “cupids” do secret little things for their mortals. The cupid is revealed on the last day.
Winter Athletic Banquet — to give out awards in the winter sports.
Spring Musical or Theatre Production
— a musical presented by the music and theatre students or a play presented by the drama department on alternate years. The production is presented early in May.Spring Dance
— Spring Dance similar to the Fall Dance.Moravian Easter Service
— All boarders attend the sunrise service when staying on campus over Easter.Junior-Senior Dance
— a formal dance sponsored by the junior class and given for the seniors.Faculty-Senior Breakfast
— The seniors entertain the facuIty, administration and joint Academy/College personnel at a formal breakfast.Founder’s Day
— celebrated in April to recognize the founding of the Academy and College. Both schools participate in a convocation and picnic. Attendance is required for all students.Spring Athletic Banquet
— is held late in May to give out athletic awards for spring sports. Sponsored by the Athletic Council.Publications Banquet
— is held in May to give out the yearbook, newspaper and literary magazine. The new editors and staff of the publications are announced, as well as the heads of the other literary organizations.Baccalaureate
— religious service held the Friday preceding graduation. The Seniors receive Bibles as a gift from the school. All students are required to attend.Graduation Weekend
— a program of events leading to the graduation exercises including a Recognition Program, the Head of School's Dinner, and the Spring
Music program, Senior Art Show and Senior Fest. Recognition and Graduation
are required for all students.
Off-campus social activities, planned by the Director of Student Activities, are also an important part of life at the Academy. Planned weekend activities include activities such as ice-skating, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and beach excursions. Day trips are organized to Carowinds amusement park, football and hockey games and concerts. Recent weekend trips included visits to Asheville, New York City, Washington DC, and Williamsburg.
The dance committee plans dances with boys' schools. Many of the dances have special themes and are held at Salem and other schools. There is a Junior/Senior Prom held each spring.