• Upon graduating from North Salem High School,
    this profile outlines the outcomes we strive to develop in all our students:

    Profile of a North Salem Graduate as a Problem Solver

    North Salem graduates are continuously improving learners who question, define and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.  The graduate aspires to be a  ...

    Critical and Creative Thinker

    • Selects and uses creative, divergent thinking strategies to generate multiple ideas, gather a variety of resources, consider multiple perspectives for solving problems
    • Employs critical, convergent thinking strategies to analyze, synthesize, validate, evaluate and select  among multiple ideas, resources, perspectives, solutions
    • Links creative and critical thinking in a process for developing, evaluating and solving  a problem in a timely manner


    • Works interdependently within a group to promote learning, increase productivity and achieve common goals
    • Seeks and utilizes assistance and feedback from others to adapt idea
    • Helps the group persist in accomplishing tasks
    • Listens to, shares and respects divergent  thinking and cultural diversity to engage in thoughtful discussion leading to a solution
    • Supports collaboration by initiating ideas, conducting research, evaluating resources 
    • Performs and shares various roles in group work


    • Advances understanding through active listening strategies
    • Incorporates effective writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences
    • Acquires and broadens knowledge and experience through reading and viewing
    • Employs effective public speaking strategies suited to the topic, audience and purpose 
    • Expresses concepts and emotions to a variety of audiences using processes in the visual and performing arts


    • Exhibits and supports honest and ethical behavior
    • Shows empathy, compassion and respect for individuals and cultures on local, national and international levels
    • Applies concepts of government and historical context to balance personal freedom with the needs of the larger group
    • Uses personal financial responsibility to help shape and support self and the greater community 
    • Actively engages in school and community in a way that respectfully addresses the needs of groups and individuals
    • Promotes environmental stewardship by committing to the conservation of earth’s resources leading to a sustainable future

    Continuously Improving Learner
    Continuously Improving Learner

    • Masters concepts and process skills in and among  the  disciplines of English, Math, Social Studies, World Language, Science, Physical Fitness and the Arts to improve self and others
    • Utilizes  self-reflective skills needed to describe, explain and evaluate thinking in order to set and carry out goals to improve learning and problem solving
    • Exercises Habits of Mind to support continuous learning to meet personal and academic goals
    • Engages in healthy and positive practices and relationships to promote good physical and mental health
    • Adds value to self and others with digital learning strategies