Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.

Week of October 27, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Mary Lorick Thompson

Dear All,

Last week, I wrote to you about the upcoming accreditation visit for the Visiting Committee for Salem Academy. That visit concluded early yesterday afternoon. Before leaving the school, the Committee met with the faculty to give a preliminary report of their findings. The formal report will be submitted to the Secondary Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) for their December meeting. After that meeting, Salem will receive the official report and reaccreditation.

First of all, let me say thank you to all of you who were a part of this process. We appreciate your time and contributions to the committee work of the Visiting Team. They appreciated talking with many of you and also with your daughters.

In that meeting with the faculty, the Committee gave Salem many commendations of the work that is done here and of the type of place that Salem is. I share with you some of those commendations, as it tells all of us who we are as a school and defines what we do.

There is tremendous consistency among stakeholders (students, parents, alumnae, faculty, Trustees) of their positive view of the Academy.

There is a feeling of community which is apparent when one steps onto the campus.

There is a tremendous sense of love and respect among the students and faculty. When faculty members were asked, “What is your favorite part of Salem,” their answer was: “the students.” When the students were asked the same question, they answered: “the faculty.”

Salem is a unique learning community focused on learning and not on grades. Salem prepares students well for college by giving them a passion for learning. The students leave Salem with confidence and the ability to express opinions.

These are just a few of the commendations that were received. There will be more extensive information in the formal report when it arrives in December, but I was eager to share with you the view of a committed group of educators who have assessed our school and found her to be doing her job well in providing what is best for our students.

We thank you for sharing your daughters with us, because that is what Salem really is, the wonderful students who pass through these halls and who take advantage of the education that is offered to them.


My best to all of you,
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School


Business 40 Traffic Update

Dear Salem Community,

I’ve attached a link to an NCDOT page that explains ongoing lane closures on Business 40. If you would like more information, please feel free to reach out!



Chief Chris Batista

Director of Public Safety

Salem Academy and College



Parent event sponsored by St. Leo Catholic School

The St. Leo Catholic School PTO invites the community to a presentation entitled “Risks and Responsibilities: A Parent Guide to Internet Safety and Liability” on October 26th, 2017 at 6 pm in the Bishop Begley Activity Center at 333 Springdale Avenue in Winston-Salem.

Mentors Wanted!

We NEED You!

Are you interested in being more involved at Salem Academy? Do you have an interest in robot building, JAVA programming, CAD design, 3D printing, food supplying or being emotional support?

The Sisters of the Motherboard Robotics team is looking for parents and volunteer mentors. If you are interested in helping to provide advice, support, and encouragement to the Sisters, please contact Kris Sorrells.

Meet our residential staff!

Click here to learn more about our house staff.

Disney Trip Planned for Glee Club and Chorus

Glee Club and Chorus will be going to Walt Disney World in Florida to perform and take a workshop over Long Weekend in February. The trip will include transportation via luxury bus, accommodations, breakfast each day, tickets to the parks, the workshop and the performance. Details about the trip are still being solidified and an itinerary will be forthcoming. The cost per student is $300. Payment is due November 3, 2017. Parents may join us! Contact Ms. Rushton for any questions at 336-721-2779.


THEATRE: Fall Play

Mu Alpha Theta Begins New Community Outreach

Math Honor Society Outreach

This past Monday, students from Mu Alpha Theta, Salem’s Math Honor Society, began a new relationship with City Lights Ministry’s After School Program.  Approximately twice a month, members will attend the afterschool program in the Willows Peake neighborhood in order to tutor children in kindergarten through eighth grade who need homework help.  The girls that helped out this week really enjoyed loving on the kids while providing them with snacks and academic support.  Kudos to Sophie Davis (who initiated the idea), Charlotte Tang, Lillian Giles, Audra Nicola, and Ashley Peake for representing Salem well and serving our community!


Grassroots: October Edition

School Newspaper October Edition

Athletics Update

Cross Country
Four members of the cross country team traveled to Cary for Friday’s NCISAA State Championship meet. While the official times have no been published yet, all four girls finished in record times. 
Sophia Iltis, Abigail Wucherer, Alia Agee, and Kate Dossel represented Salem well and ran either a season best​ or a personal best time. 
​Tryouts for winter sports will begin on Wednesday, November 1st at 4pm. This includes the sports of basketball and swimming​. Fencing practices will continue on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.

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