Welcome to Salem Academy!

Kris SorrellsSince 1772, Salem Academy has provided girls in grades 9-12 an outstanding college preparatory education. Our beautiful grounds are adjacent to Salem College, and many of our seniors take classes at the College during their senior year. We share a beautiful Fine Arts Center and state-of-the-art Athletic Complex with the College; we also offer dual enrollment classes on our own campus so that students may receive college credit from teachers in their own academic community. As you can guess, we do not succumb to the boundaries of a traditional independent school.

I invite you to visit our campus, explore our website, and contact members of our community so that you can find out for yourself just how special this place is. And as we get closer to our 250th year in 2022, I invite you to be a part of history while you are creating your own.

Far may our song ring clear!

Kris Sorrells
Head of School

About Ms. Sorrells

Kris Porazzi Sorrells earned her MA in Mathematics (1998) from Wake Forest University and her BS in Mathematics from Salem College (1996), where she also received the Elisabeth Oesterlein Award. Having graduated from Salem College with first-hand experience in the world single-sex education, Kris is passionate about Salem Academy’s mission to educate and prepare young ladies not only for college but also for their future. During her time at the Academy, Kris has taught Algebra Two, Advanced Functions & Modeling, Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB (Calculus One), and Calculus BC (Calculus Two). Kris is very active in professional circles through her memberships in the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as well as the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). Kris has led workshops on learning mathematics through art, particularly Calculator Art, for various high schools as well as at NCCTM State Conferences. Kris has two children, Breanna and Matthew. Her entire family is very active at their church, Covenant Baptist Fellowship, where her husband Sam is the pastor. She assists with the children and youth bible studies as well as music and drama ministries. In her spare time, Kris likes to quilt, crochet, and cross stitch, and is learning to knit.

Latest News

Salem Academy and College Presents Author Sami Schalk

Monday, March 20, 2023
Salem Academy and College, in partnership with Bookmarks, will present author Sami Schalk, Ph.D. on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Salem Academy and College Establishes Future of the Academy Building Task Force

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Salem is exploring the future possibilities for the Salem Academy building with the assistance of Salem Academy alumnae, current staff and community members. This work will result in a plan by the end of 2023 for future use of this important landmark in our community.

PBS North Carolina to Debut “Journey to Salem” Documentary

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
PBS North Carolina will debut the “Journey to Salem” documentary on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m.