Salem High School

  • Salem High School serves 1,292 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 87% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 72%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 90% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 80%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Salem High School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Virginia for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is equal to the Virginia state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the Virginia state average of 51%.

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

School Overview

  • Salem High School's student population of 1,292 students has grown by 7% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 84 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,292 students
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Total Classroom Teachers84 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Salem High School is ranked within the top 20% of all 1,801 schools in Virginia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has increased from 14:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Salem High School is 0.39, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (VA)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#237 out of 1801 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
87%
72%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
90%
80%
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:115:1
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Asian
2%
7%
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Hispanic
5%
16%
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Black
12%
22%
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White
77%
49%
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Two or more races
4%
6%
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All Ethnic Groups This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Salem High School. This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in VA.
Diversity Score0.390.68
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Graduation Rate
90%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
24%
38%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
5%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Salem High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Virginia by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSalem City School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

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5  
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.
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