Award Year: 2015

Salem Elementary School

7806 Salem Road
Salem, MI, 48175-5219

(248) 573-8450

Mr. Raymond Metcalf, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

South Lyon Community Schools

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Mission

It is our mission to provide a learning environment where the individual child is supported and celebrated so that he or she can reach their full potential and become a contributing member to society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Salem students and staff are always eager to share their thinking.

Salem students and staff are always eager to share their thinking.

Salem Elementary is located in Salem Township, MI and is one of 11 outstanding schools in The South Lyon Community School District. The instructional staff and administration at Salem play a key role in the high level of excellence that is expected district-wide. The greatest contributor to this success is the unequivocal family-like atmosphere within the school’s walls. While the student population has grown by nearly 50% in the past five years, it has maintained its “small school” feel, where staff develops strong relationships with students and families in order to promote each child’s growth. With these relationships we can celebrate the individuality that each student brings to our school so they each feel safe in taking risks as a learner and as a positive member of our school and broader community. As a Title 1 building, we are able to provide supplemental supports to students in greatest academic need, which ultimately benefits the academic, social, and emotional development for all students. Additionally, Salem has dedicated professional and student learning to growing our culture of thinking. This culture shift, developed as a result of our learning around Harvard’s Project Zero research, is one that has promoted visible thinking, metacognition, justifying responses, and multiple pathways for learning and understanding. These dispositions have been integral in preparing students for an ever-changing world.

Now, more than ever, there is a positive buzz surrounding the building that keeps the staff and families in high spirits, and working together for one sole purpose: kids.