400 Spartan Dr
Salem, VA 24153
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
7/
10
Top 50%
Salem High School serves 1,262 students in grades 9-12.
Salem High School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Virginia for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 83% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 82%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 91% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 78%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the Virginia state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the Virginia state average of 54% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,262 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 15:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 25%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 93% (Top 20% in VA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 83% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 91% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), VA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Salem High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Virginia for:

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School Overview

Salem High School's student population of 1,262 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 84 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
1,262 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
84 teachers
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School Rankings

Salem High School is ranked within the top 50% of all 1,800 schools in Virginia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Salem High School is 0.42, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (VA)
Overall Testing Rank
#551 out of 1800 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
83%
82%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
91%
78%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
8%
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Hispanic
6%
18%
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Black
12%
22%
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White
75%
46%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
5%
6%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.42
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Graduation Rate
93%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
17%
35%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Salem High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Virginia by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
6%
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Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), VA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

5   1/24/2014
This is my fourth year attending Salem High School. Salem has many great opportunities to offer. Salem High School offers the International Baccalaureate program. The school is well kept up. The teachers are super friendly and easy to get along with. The student body as a whole is inviting. Bullying is not a problem at Salem. From my standpoint, everyone seems to get along with everyone else. Salem has awesome activities to take part in. We have several clubs students can join. Salem offers NHS. The only complaint I have about the school system is SOL's. This is not in particular the school's fault, but rather the state's fault. Every school in Virginia spends too much time focusing on reviewing for the SOL instead of prioritizing education. I would definitely recommend this school.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - tor.l

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 1,262 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 15:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 25%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 93% (Top 20%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 83% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 91% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), VA Dept. of Education

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