The North Salem Middle/High School campus provides both middle and high school students with technologically equipped science labs and research facilities, a music suite, an art-media center to allow for the integration of technology and the arts, and indoor as well as outdoor locations for physical activity and recreation. A state-of-the-art library media center offers students and community members access to the Internet, computers, video and listening stations, and an expanded research collection. Computer labs, Smart Boards, and wireless labs expand the opportunities for technology use throughout the building.
Using its small size to full advantage, North Salem Middle/High School offers a full, comprehensive educational program, developmentally appropriate to the needs of both middle school and high school youngsters, comparable to that available to students in much larger schools. Through a strong, coordinated 6 – 12 curriculum, students are being prepared to exceed expectations of the New York State Standards and Assessments and are nurtured in the interpersonal, communication, and affective skills also necessary in the 21st century.
The middle/high school academic program offers a wide range of courses, interventions, and enrichments to meet the individual needs of students and to promote mastery of the curriculum. In the middle school, an interdisciplinary, team-oriented approach emphasizes problem-solving development designed to prepare students for the New York State assessments. A commitment to the New York State Essential Elements of Middle Schools focuses on the intellectual development and academic achievement of all students and the personal and social development of each student.
The high school offers a comprehensive program including Advanced Placement, Honors, Regents, occupational, and elective courses. Honors courses are provided in English, social studies, math, science, French, and Spanish. AP courses are available in English Language, English literature, statistics, physics, environmental science, Spanish, French, U.S. history, world history, art, calculus AB and BC, chemistry, and biology.
Beyond The Curriculum
Exploratory opportunities at the middle school and electives at the high school are available to all students in areas such as art, technology, instrumental and vocal music, family and consumer science, English, social studies, computer application, and science. Computer technology is a formal course offering in the middle school. Technology instruction and use are also integrated across the curricula. For juniors and seniors, there are more than forty electives offered at area technical school centers sponsored by BOCES. As seniors, students may elect to participate in O.P.T.I.O.N.S., which provides them with the opportunity to prepare for post-high school education and entry into the workforce through guided internships. All seniors participate in a public presentation of their original work in the Senior Exhibition as part of O.P.T.I.O.N.S. and/or Senior English.
The North Salem Middle/High School Guidance Department is available to students and family members to discuss all aspects of the educational program and address the specialized concerns of middle/high school youngsters. The annual Career Fair, parent informational meetings centered on both middle school and high school curriculum, and post high school planning activities are among the varied and important guidance sponsored programs. The most essential aspect of the counselor’s work, however, centers on the day-to-day individualized attention provided to students and parents.
Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
Extra and co-curricular programs are essential parts of the total educational experience for both middle and high school students. An extensive interscholastic athletic program of more than 50 teams for students in grades 7 – 12 and intramurals for middle school students are also important components of North Salem Middle/High School. They include basketball, baseball, field hockey, football, golf, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, cross country, skiing, ice hockey, cheerleading, and lacrosse.
In addition to athletics, North Salem Middle/High School offers a diverse selection of co-curricular clubs such as art, drama, musical theater, International Club, math, newspaper publishing, literary magazine, yearbook, Mock Trial, chess, technology, Club Espanol, sound and lighting, book club, Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Leaders’ Club, Model UN, and student government opportunities.