Salisbury Academy's main building houses grades junior kindergarten through eighth and is located at 2210 Jake Alexander Boulevard North. Situated on a ten-acre campus, this facility has state-of-the-art classrooms, media center, music room, gymnasium, soccer field, an extensive outdoor learning and play space, and administrative offices. The SA Spark Center is located at 1801 Bellevue Road and houses Salisbury Academy's science lab, art center, computers, and robotics.
Junior Kindergarten: 8:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Kindergarten: 8:05 - 2:40 p.m.
Lower School (Grades 1-4): 8:05 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Middle School (Grades 5-8): 8:05 - 3:15 p.m.
Early Release Fridays: Students are dismissed early each Friday while teachers utilize this time for professional development. Junior Kindergarten and kindergarten dismiss at 1:15 p.m., grades 1-4 dismiss at 1:30 p.m., and grades 5-8 dismiss at 1:40 p.m.
Salisbury Academy's Mission and Purpose:
Salisbury Academy, an independent, co-educational school for grades JK-8, encourages students to be life-long learners, develop strong character, serve their community and deepen their faith.
• Our school community strives to create a challenging and enriching curriculum that celebrates imaginative and intellectual exploration.
• Our students learn to serve and become stewards of the community and the environment.
• Our program allows students to develop in character and live lives of respect, responsibility and compassion.
• Our school culture is based on the Christian virtues of love and acceptance.
How is Salisbury Academy’s curriculum different from the area public school curriculum?
The curriculum seeks to develop essential skills consistent with the academy’s mission. Salisbury Academy is a Core Knowledge school (Learn more about Core Knowledge at SA). The school embraces the Core Knowledge Sequence which includes a hands-on approach to learning, as well as character and moral development. The curriculum exceeds state standards, and includes reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, art, computer, music, physical education, health, and character development. Our students have opportunities to experience lessons taught beyond the classroom through a multitude of off-campus adventures. Field trips are a vital way to enhance, enrich, and expand the classroom learning.
What type of testing do you administer?
To maximize each child’s achievement and help teachers deliver on-target instruction, Salisbury Academy students in grades 3-8 take the Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program, 5th edition (ERB-CTP5 online). The CTP-5 is a rigorous test battery designed specifically to serve the needs of high achieving schools that aspire to higher standards. Students at the strongest independent schools in the country take this assessment.
How old should my child be to enroll for junior kindergarten and kindergarten?
Students should turn 4 by August 31 for junior kindergarten and turn 5 by August 31 for kindergarten.
Are you an independent school?
Salisbury Academy is an independent school. Independent schools do not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments, nor are they affiliated with a specific church or religion. Salisbury Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools.
Describe your student body.
Salisbury Academy is a co-educational independent school that seeks diversity in its student body. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability in administration of its educational policies, and athletic and other administered policies. Thirteen percent of our current student body is comprised of the following ethnicities: African American, Asian American, European American, Latino-Hispanic American, Middle Eastern American, and Pacific Islander. Forty-six percent of our current student body receives tuition assistance.
Tell me about your tuition assistance program.
The Board of Trustees strives for socio-economic diversity, and therefore provides a tuition assistance program. Salisbury Academy enlists the help of Independent School Management's FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) to provide a need-based financial analysis of our tuition assistance applicants. Salisbury Academy provides financial aid on the basis of demonstrated family financial need. We follow the procedures of FAST to determine the family’s ability to pay tuition. All information is confidential and every effort is made to meet the financial need of the applicant.
Do you have an athletic program?
Athletics are an integral part of the Salisbury Academy program. Students in grades 5-8 participate in organized sports (golf, volleyball, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, track and field, cheerleading), and track/field and cheerleading programs are offered to the lower and middle school students. All students are encouraged through our daily activities and PE program to develop a healthy respect for exercise, nutrition, competition and sportsmanship.
How do you incorporate technology into the curriculum?
Students have access to our multipurpose computer lab, laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads for meaningful integration of technology. A laptop cart, Chromebook cart, iPad cart, SMART Boards, and Document Cameras are available for individual classroom use. Our Technology Plan is reviewed annually.
How do parents communicate with teachers and administrators?
We have an excellent staff in place to work with your children. Good education is a partnership, and this partnership depends on good communication which is two-way and meaningful. Teachers confer with the parents of each student at the end of the first reporting period. Additional conferences are initiated as needed by teachers or parents. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher when they have concerns or questions.
What does the school expect from parents?
The mission of Salisbury Academy is evident in all facets of school life. Fulfilling the mission will require a firm commitment on the part of all those involved in the life of our school. For admission to and continued enrollment in the school, the following is expected of parents:
1. To treat each member of the community with respect
2. To support the school’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive community
3. To follow all policies and procedures stated in the Family Handbook
4. To support the school’s Behavior Expectation Policy
5. To communicate classroom concerns first to your son/daughter’s teacher in an appropriate, respectful manner
6. To foster good study habits and student responsibility for homework
7. To follow the school’s attendance policy
8. To send children to school each day properly attired in dress code clothing
9. To contribute volunteer time and also money to the Annual and Capital Funds at a level which is individually appropriate
10. To attend and/or support the special events of the school