The junior kindergarten and kindergarten are located at 1801 Bellevue Road. Grades 1-8 are located at 2210 Jake Alexander Boulevard North. Situated on a ten-acre campus, this facility has state-of-the-art classrooms, media center, technology lab, art room, science lab, music room, gymnasium, soccer field, outdoor learning center, playground and administrative offices.
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 through 4th grade dismiss at 1:20 p.m., and grades 5-8 dismiss at 1:30 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 (Click here to for an SA video explaining Core Knowledge curriculum). 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.
Do your teachers need to be licensed like public school teachers?
Actually, no. However, all teachers must meet the standards required by the body that grants us accreditation, the Southern Association of Independent Schools. The teaching staff is selected for their knowledge of curriculum, professionalism, sensitivity, and desire to be positively involved in the lives of children. We strive to engage faculty with advanced degrees and the experience and knowledge which provides a solid educational foundation for our students. All teachers are involved in ongoing professional development. Our teachers have an average of ten years teaching experience. Click here to view a faculty/staff directory.
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, 4th edition (ERB-CTP4). The CTP-4 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.
Your mission statement mentions “the Christian virtues of love and acceptance.” Are you a Christian school?
No, Salisbury Academy is an independent school. Our program is based on the premise that all children have a spiritual part of their being, which we encourage them to explore through the use of the Old and New Testaments, literature, and other resources. A chapel assembly is held once a week on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium, and supports our Core Virtues program and a practical approach to character education. This literature-based program promotes the cultivation of character - basic moral, civic, and intellectual virtues. A key component of the spiritual dimension of Salisbury Academy is the community service learning program for all students.
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.
Do you have a computer lab?
Our technology-enhanced flexible classroom holds 12 desktop computers, a laptop cart, two laser printers, and a Smartboard interactive flat panel. This room is also the home of our Discovery Center where students can explore, create, and learn using a variety of materials and technologies.
A laptop cart, Chromebook cart, and an iPad cart are also available for individual classroom use. Each classroom is equipped with a Smartboard and document camera.
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