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Reports: District Trends, Plans, & Goals

District Enrollment Trends

 

District-Wide, 5-Year Enrollment Trends
2021-22 3,568 1.5%
2020-21 3,517 (0.9%)
2019-20 3,548 0.7%
2018-19 3,525 (0.5%)
2017-18 3,543 (0.7%)

 

Enrollment Trends by School
  2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Barron 399 376 407
Fisk 257 270 241
Haigh 87 80 104
Lancaster 229 242 247
North Salem 382 369 354
Soule 232 249 268
Woodbury 799 799 792
Salem High 1173 1132 1155

Class Size (2020-21)

  SSD NH Avg.
Grades 1-2 18 16
Grades 3-4 21 17
Grades 5-8 22 17
High school comparison not included due to program differences.

Per Pupil Cost (K-12)

  SSD NH Avg.
2020-21 $17,523 $18,434
2019-20 $16,578 $16,824
2018-19 $16,048 $16,346
2017-18 $15,370 $15,865
2016-17 $14,846 $15,311

Enrollment by Ethnicity (2021-22)

White 79.7%
Hispanic 12.8%
Asian 3.6%
Multi-Race 2.7%
Black .89%

Teacher Education Attainment (2021-22)

  SSD NH Avg.
Master's Degree 72.5% 61.5%
Bachelor's Degree 27.5% 35.4%
Beyond Master's Degree 0.0% 2.4%

Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility Count

  SSD NH Avg.
2021-22 16.1% 20.9%
2020-21 12.5% 21.2%
2019-20 16.7% 24.8%
2018-19 17.1% 27.2%
2017-18 16.3% 26.4%
2016-17 16.4% 27.3%
2015-16 17.1% 28.1%

Attendance Rates

  SSD
2019-20 96.6%
2018-19 95.3%
2017-18 95.3%
2016-17 95.4%
2015-16 95.7%
2014-15 95.6%

Annual Dropout Percentage

  SSD NH Avg.
2020-21 .53% 1.34%
2019-20 .17% .94%
2018-19 .34% 1.02%

Demographic Studies

November 20, 2017

The Salem School Board contracted with the New Hampshire School Administrators Association to complete an independent investigation and analysis of the demographic needs for Salem’s K-12 student population.  Several similar type reports have been completed through the years with the most recent previous report completed in 2012.   The most recent, completed in October, 2017, provides evidence that our school district will have a fairly stable enrollment over the next ten years, with an overall enrollment reduction of approximately one hundred forty students over a ten year period.

Both the 2012 study and the 2017 study are enclosed for the community’s review.   Readers will note that New Hampshire’s school age population has declined dramatically since the early 2000’s. Therefore, like much of the southern New Hampshire region, Salem has seen its student population decline with other towns and cities.

School Board and district officials will use the Demographic Analysis and Enrollment Projections study information to plan facility needs and make programming decisions accordingly. One of our immediate decisions will be to address a possible expansion of our full-day kindergarten program and how that will impact our facility needs.

Strategic Plan

The Salem School Board initiated a strategic planning proposal in the fall of 2011. With a commitment to undertake such an important process, district officials developed a plan to begin the project in August, 2012. A core strategic planning committee comprised of school officials, teachers, and parents established a year-long schedule of meetings and activities to culminate in the adoption of a strategic plan and provide our community with a shared vision for education. 

Annual Reports