Who are we?
Salem Public Schools is an urban public school district in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is a small, diverse city with a proud maritime and immigrant history. Our leaders and our teachers are all passionate about education and understand the urgency of improving student achievement with equity and social-emotional needs as the lens we view all of our work through. We respect and value the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and their families, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community. Salem Public Schools staff serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language. Salem Public Schools enrolls approximately 4,000 students across its eleven schools.
Elementary and K-8 Schools
Salem currently has six elementary schools serving grades K-5 and one K-8 school.
Salem has one large middle school as well as the grades 6-8 program at Saltonstall K-8 school.
Early Childhood Education
Salem offers special education and peer leader spots through its Early Childhood Center, serving ages 3 and 4. In addition, the Salem Public Schools preschool program offers comprehensive programming for the youngest of learners. Enabling our students to be more prepared for kindergarten in the areas of early math, reading, and social-emotional development.
Salem Public Schools also provides high-quality preschool for every 4-year-old living in the city at no cost to families.
Salem Public Schools Core Values
Belonging – We believe all members of our community are valued and that our relationships are built on empathy and respect.
Equity – We believe in promoting social justice to ensure an inclusive school community where all members are empowered and engaged.
Opportunity – We believe all students should receive a personalized experience to achieve academic success, find joy in their learning, and have multiple choices for their post-secondary plans.
SPS Mission Statement
Salem Public Schools is a diverse and welcoming community that promotes the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each student through the equitable delivery of challenging, relevant, and joyful learning experiences. We empower all students to chart a personalized path to success that includes a commitment to the common good.
SPS Vision Statement
All students will be locally connected, globally engaged, equity-minded, and fully prepared to thrive in a diverse and changing world.
School and District Report Cards
Every year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases a report card for each school and district in the state. Just as a student’s report card shows how they are doing in different classes, school and district report cards are designed to show parents and community members how a school or district is doing in different areas. Report cards highlight a school or district’s strengths as well as any challenges that need to be addressed in order to make sure the needs of all students are being met.
Massachusetts sees families and the community as important partners in a school’s success and spent time listening to parents to make sure the report cards were designed as easy-to-use tools that provide meaningful information.