Welcome to Salem Academy!

Head of School, Carol KillebrewSince 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 have often been asked: So why a girls’ school?

I believe in the potential of girls, and I am encouraged by the impact they will make in the future. I contend that students learn more than academics in a school setting, and it excites me to watch them develop their own passions through the challenges presented to them, as well as their own explorations in their academic careers.

Finally, I embrace the benefits of a single-sex education, for I am the product of one myself. I learned to take risks and find my voice within the confines of a safe classroom, and I have been able to transfer those lessons into my professional life. At Salem Academy, we arm our graduates with the skills and tools needed to find success in any environment and on any path they choose to embark.

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!

Carol Killebrew
Head of School

About Ms. Killebrew

Carol Killebrew, a longtime advocate for girls’ education, became the Academy’s new head of school on July 1, 2018. A graduate of an all-girls preparatory school in Tennessee, Ms. Killebrew recently served as principal of the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY., a community of 800 girls, grades 6 through 12. There, she developed a new international program and redirected the school’s curriculum mapping initiative, which resulted in collaboration among department chairs, curriculum coordinators, and learning specialists.

Prior to that position, Miss Killebrew worked at her alma mater, Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she taught Latin and English and then served as director of planned giving.

Ms. Killebrew holds a master of arts in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a bachelor of arts in Fine Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1996 and a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship in 1999. She is married to Tony Meyers, a teacher and coach. They reside in Old Salem.