Who We Are
North Salem is a small, highly-performing school district located in Westchester County less than 60 miles from New York City. We serve students from Westchester and Putnam Counties in the Towns of North Salem, Southeast, Somers, and Carmel. Our teaching staff and administration are highly-qualified, caring professionals devoted to providing all students with an exceptional education. We have a highly supportive Board of Education and Community that enable us to provide all our students with small class sizes and exceptional programming above and beyond the general education curricula.
Our two public schools are committed to our Mission and serve students in grades K-12:
Pequenakonck, affectionately called PQ, is the North Salem Elementary School that serves approximately 447 students in kindergarten through grade five. Originally built in 1972, subsequently building projects have added a modern gymnasium, several impressive classroom wings, spacious offices, air conditioning throughout, a maker space in the library, and a large multi-purpose room making PQ a state-of-the-art learning facility. Students at Pequenakonck learn a general education curriculum and use their content knowledge to solve a variety of academic problems.
In addition to the academic program, all our teachers and staff are high skilled and knowledgeable and are committed to providing students with the skills they will need to solve a variety of social problems through the use of Habits of Mind, Calm Classroom, Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions and Kind Campus. Students benefit from small class sizes, the support of their teachers, and a highly qualified support staff which includes a principal and assistant principal, two school psychologist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, a librarian, a gifted and talented teacher, one full time and one part time nurse, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, School Resource Officer and security. Bus transportation is available to all our students and the school is served and maintained by a full-time custodial staff.
North Salem Middle School/High School
North Salem Middle School/High School, serves approximately 660 students in sixth through twelfth grade. North Salem Middle School/High School staff is highly qualified, supportive, and committed to providing all students with the highest quality education. Like our elementary school, North Salem Middle School/High School also provides its students with not only highly qualified and caring teachers but also a support staff which includes a principal, assitant principal, a school psychologists, four counselors, speech pathologist, an occupational and a physical therapist as needed. The school is also served by a School Resource Officer, security guards, and a full time custodial staff. Bus transportation is available to all students.
North Salem Middle School/High School is a top ranked school in New York State and Nationally. In 2018, North Salem Middle School/High School earned a gold medal by U.S. News and World Report. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work. The AP participation rate at North Salem Middle School/High School is 74 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 17 percent. The student to teacher ration is 10 to 1. Our graduation rate is above 96% and all our seniors participate in an internship called OPTIONS which provides them with the opportunity to intern in a work setting of their choice. Students receive social emotional support and Social Emotional Learning through the Yale RULER program. All students are challenged to not only learn their curriculum but more importantly learn the Habits of Mind that will give them the skills and dispositions to be successful critical and creative thinkers and problem solvers in their present and future endeavors.