Salisbury Academy | Education
Salisbury Academy was founded in 1993 by a group of parents who wanted the philosophy they admired at a much-loved childcare program to continue through their children’s elementary and middle school years. From the founding years to the present, our fundamental belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged and challenged has guided teachers and staff in the creation of a rich, child-centered learning environment that uses each student’s strengths as an avenue to learning. Our priority is teaching children to become lifelong learners with a passion for understanding and excellence. We do not teach to end-of-grade tests.
We believe that the early school years establish the foundation for lifelong intellectual and social growth. Therefore, our thoughtfully charted curriculum is specific and structured, but rich with opportunities for creative expression and maximizing “teachable moments”. We utilize the Core Knowledge Sequence, Everyday Math, Open Court Reading and (in the Lower School) Handwriting Without Tears, which combine to provide a thematic approach that integrates the study of language, math, social studies and science. Students also receive instruction in Spanish, Media (computer and library), Art, Music and P.E. For a more detailed discussion of the curriculum, please visit division and grade pages.
Our classrooms are visually appealing and provide a warm learning environment with furniture arrangements conducive to small group and individual learning. Grades Jr. Kindergarten through second have a lead teacher and an assistant, while grade three has a part-time assistant. Beginning in grade five, students have specialized instructors for each subject.
We aim to have children leave Salisbury Academy with a strong sense of self and with the ability to think clearly, function well academically and embrace the challenges of high school and college with confidence and resilience. Eager students, engaged minds, supportive and participative parents, dedicated teachers and staff combine to create the thriving, energetic and caring place we call Salisbury Academy.