Best Public Schools in Salem, MO


The city of Salem, Missouri is home to 9 schools, including 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, and 1 alternative school, serving students from preschool through 12th grade. The schools in this area display a mix of performance, with some standout institutions like Green Forest Elementary and North Wood Elementary leading the pack, while others like Oak Hill Elementary and Dent-Phelps Elementary lag behind.

Green Forest Elementary stands out as the top-performing school in the area, ranking 13th out of 898 Missouri elementary schools and earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school boasts consistently high test scores, with 80% of 3rd graders and 73.3% of 5th graders proficient or better in math, and 73.3% of 5th graders and 80% of 8th graders proficient or better in science. North Wood Elementary has also shown significant improvement, moving from the 660th out of 1,052 Missouri elementary schools in 2018-2019 to the 499th out of 908 in 2021-2022, with particularly strong performance in 6th grade math and 8th grade English Language Arts.

The schools in Salem have a predominantly white student population, with the percentage of Hispanic students ranging from 0% at Oak Hill Elementary to 6.48% at Wm. H. Lynch Elementary. The free and reduced lunch rates vary widely, from 46.15% at Dent-Phelps Elementary to 64.65% at North Wood Elementary, which may contribute to the disparities in academic performance observed across the district.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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