Salem Community Schools are located in the city of Salem in southern Indiana. Salem is 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis. This rural school district covers about 225 square miles in Washington County. All four schools are located on a 100-acre campus in Salem. The schools educate students in Grades K–12.
The district is part of PARCC: the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a group of states working together to develop high-quality assessments that give teachers, students, and parents information they can use to improve instruction and meet the needs of individual students. The goal is to help each student reach his or her potential by individualizing instruction through traditional classroom lessons as well as by using technology.
Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School educates students in Grades K–2 while Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary School is for students in Grades 3–5. The schools’ curriculum is built around the Common Core State Standards, which are designed to prepare students for college, careers, and life. The standards focus on core concepts and procedures starting in the early grades. In addition to these standards, students are identified for high-ability programs beginning in 1st Grade.
Salem Middle School educates students in Grades 6–8. The middle school curriculum is built on the Common Core concepts that were practiced in the elementary schools. For the middle grades as well as the primary grades, grade-by-grade standards exist in language arts/literacy and mathematics. The honors program provides high-ability programs in English, social studies, math, and science. This school includes computer labs, a publications studio, an art room, tutoring labs, a fine arts area, and an applied technology lab that uses computer-based modules. Extracurricular activities include the National Junior Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and basketball.
Salem High School educates students in Grades 9–12. As with the lower grades, Common Core concepts are also taught at the high school level. At this level the standards are grouped into Grades 9–10 standards and Grades 11–12 standards. These standards act as a guide to achieving the goal of college and career readiness for all students.
Students can elect one of three different curriculum options: Indiana Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors. The Honors program includes English, math, science, social studies, and music courses for identified high-ability students in each of those content areas. Instructional programs have been successful. In the past as many as 75% of seniors from graduating classes have chosen to go to college.
Salem High School is the home of the Lions. Students can participate in one of the following sports: basketball, baseball, cross country, football, wrestling, track and field, swimming, golf, soccer, tennis, and softball.
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