Founded as a daycare that quickly grew into an elementary school, Salem Baptist Christian School began in 1950 and now has over 450 students ranging from pre-school to grade 12. SBCS is a coeducational ministry of Salem Baptist Church. Our school reaches out to many levels of learners, including a college preparatory track. The school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and AdvanceED.
The school employs over 30 teachers. All of the teachers are required to be professing Christians, and have degrees from a four-year college. All are certified at various levels through ACSI. Several teachers also hold state teaching certificates. Our specialized staff includes a librarian, athletic director, fine arts and computer teachers. The administration consists of an administrator, upper school principal, and lower school principal, all of whom have graduate level degrees. The operation of the school is overseen by a board consisting of members selected from the congregation of Salem Baptist Church.
Curriculum / Instruction
Students in K4 through the fifth grade learn in a traditional classroom with one teacher. Students in the sixth through eighth grades are team-taught. Students in the high school use the A-B block schedule. In this system the school day is built using four 90-minute periods.
In the high school, students must earn 26 credits for graduation. Social studies, mathematics and English are required for four years; Bible and science for three years; foreign language for two years; physical education and a variety of electives complete the course offerings. Honors level courses are offered in English, math, science and social studies; advanced placement (AP) courses are offered in psychology, calculus, US history, biology, and English literature.
Student texts include both Christian (e.g. BJU Press and Abeka) and secular (e.g. Houghton-Mifflin and Holt-Rinehart, Saxon) publishers. All students take Bible as a regular part of their course requirements. Students attend a weekly chapel and are provided with several opportunities to involve themselves in Christian service.
The Discovery Learning program allows students with learning differences to strengthen their individual weaknesses and prepare them for more success in their classroom endeavors. The school also offers a self-contained classroom for students with severe learning differences.
Students have the opportunity to involve themselves in several extracurricular activities, including the National Honor Society, Beta Club, FCA, student council, choral music, drama, band and Delta Theta Chi (the student service club). The school also publishes a yearbook (The Heritage).
SBCS is a member of the North Carolina Independent School Association, where it fields varsity teams in cross country, golf, softball, swimming, boys’ & girls’ soccer, boys’ & girls’ basketball, cheerleading, baseball, and volleyball. Beginning in the eighth grade, students are taken on overnight field trips ranging from three to five days, according to the following schedule:
Grades Location Length
8 Coastal, NC 3 days
9, 10 Charleston, SC 3-4 days
11 New York City 5 days
12 Florida 5 days
Each year our parents donate thousands of hours of volunteer time as classroom, office, and cafeteria aids. Parents are also encouraged to become involved in one of the many school committees, including the athletic boosters, cafeteria / classroom / event volunteers, prayer partners, fall festival, and school appreciation.
Students are expected to maintain appropriate Christian behavior as outlined in the student handbook. Violations result in demerits, detentions, or even suspension. Outstanding student achievement is rewarded by inclusion in the Principal’s Honor Roll, the National Honor Society and The Beta Club.
Except for a few specialty subjects (e.g. Band or physical education), all classes are generally smaller than twenty-five students.
Our seniors do very well on the SAT. The top 25% of recent graduates scored 1253, and the top 50% scored 1225. Each year all students take the TerraNova Achievement Test; several grades also take the InView School Abilities Test to help assess their academic progress, ability, and knowledge. Results reveal that, on average, students are working at one to one and one-half grade levels above their current grade.
The campus of SBCS is located across the street from Carolina University on Broad Street, just blocks from downtown Winston-Salem. There are four main buildings that house classrooms. Within those buildings, there are fine arts rooms, a library, a cafeteria, computer lab, and a full-court air conditioned gymnasium.
SBCS alumni have attended over 75 different colleges and universities. Eighty-five percent of alumni reported in a recent survey that they maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA during college. Ninety-six percent said that SBCS prepared them to be successful in college.