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About This School

South Salem Elementary School is a public elementary school in Port Washington. The principal of South Salem Elementary School is MR. CHRISTOPHER SHIELDS, who can be contacted at cshields@portnet.k12.ny.us. 401 students attend South Salem Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 7% of the South Salem Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 11% of the 401 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Salem Elementary School is 13:1. Vincent Smith School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Gymnastics
    • Softball
    • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% 69%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 12% 15%
Asian 12% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11% 9%
Limited English proficiency 7% 7%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    School has been wonderful for my kids. Great education nurturing teachers and administration. Excellent foundation to get kids excited about school.

  • (1 year ago)

    outstanding teachers and the Principal is very good and quite accessible. We have two happy kids here and we have high standards!!! Better than our experience at the neighboring town's school before we moved.

  • (1 year ago)

    While aesthetically this school is nice that is where it ends. This school is managed by a busybody principle who meddles in your private affairs. Not to mention they invaded my privacy by releasing my contact information despite numerous requests both in writing and telephonically not to. I got a phone call from someone trying to hustle me into joining the HSA. Telling me they wanted money from me. When I mentioned I wasn't interested in joining the person became irate. They put my child on a bus despite me informing them I pick up the child myself. They had to search all the buses to find my child. This school is also built on a landfill. When asked they conveniently do not know what you are talking about. Thanks to the internet that information is public. Also there is no air conditioning. The classrooms are sweltering. They say they can't afford it and suggest dressing your child appropriately and providing bottles of water for them. The list goes on and on. Its a gang type of mentality at this school you are either one of them or you are ostracized. The principle is very chummy with the interim superintendent so if any issues arise you are on your own.

  • (3 years ago)

    My three childern are in Salem and have all been receiving an excellent education. In recent years they loved their teachers and get involved in a variety of topics.

  • (4 years ago)

    Salem has a fantastic set of teachers.. Two of my children have been there for at least two years and have been positively influenced by the teachers and extracurricular activities. The school has significant local community involvement and encourages the student body to follow suit. A number of parents are heavily involved and the HSA has done an outstanding job of adding to the experience. I look forward to additional years of positive experiences.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school itself has good facilities a single gym/auditorium and a separate cafeteria. There is a separate playground for kindergarten. a basketball court and playground for older children two separate baseball fields and a small garden area. The library is of good size and there are separate art and music rooms. Class size currently varies between 18 and 24 with grade having 3 to 4 teachers. Class equipment includes computers in every class digital projectors classroom books and equipment appropriate to the grade. Classes are separated into K-1 in the lower area and 2-5 in the upper area. The teachers tend to be very involved with the children and all grades are expected to do some homework. The amount of homework varies among the teachers and some are known for being a bit excessive. All grades also have long-term projects and the school tends to emphasize academics over sports.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are thrilled with this school and the district teachers and administration. We feel it has the services of a private school the teachers and leadership is excellent the school and programs are great. Our kids were in the Manhasset School District and we like this better both in terms of education and how happy our kids are. It is more diverse than the Manhasset School which was too WASPy.

  • (4 years ago)

    Salem is new so the building's atmosphere is optomistic and bright. It is the best elementary school in Port Washington; one of the best school districts in the country (should be for the taxes we pay). The teachers are mostly very good and the bad ones get weeded out. The music instruction is incredible and the students encouraged to achieve high marks. Taxes could be lowered by not having so many special ed. teachers and counselors who don't do much. When I went to school the teachers taught for an entire day; corrected homeworks at home and were paid less for it. We were just as smart if not smarter with only 1 teacher and not all of these 'specialists'. The public library in town is a great resource which gets ignored once kids go to school. The HSA should not be a full time fundraiser for stay at home

  • (5 years ago)

    There is diversity in the school as there is in Port Washington. I have one child currently at Salem and one graduated Salem and who is now in middle school. Both are doing extremely well. The school's teachers are excellent and caring. Both of my boys scored 4's (highest possible grades) on their State exams; clearly they are doing the right thing at Salem.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is terrible. There is very l ittle diversity and the student sense of entitlement is rampant. The staff is not cohesive or unified and the principal is a wet noodle who has absolutelyno concept on how to manage his school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My family is very happy with South Salem. It is a warm nurturing envrionment.

  • (7 years ago)

    I always feel very welcome to voice my opinions and to get involved. The teachers are top notch they go above and beyond what would be expected. The school is clean with many many materials for students at different levels.Parental involvement is high but at a healthy level. They do not make educational decisions but help the educators bring ideas to life when needed.

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