The mission of the Salem Public Schools is to provide each student who enrolls with a sound education, which will prepare that student well for:
personal growth, continuing formal and informal learning, productive work, and active, well-informed participation in self-government upon graduation.
As understood by the Salem Public Schools, a sound education consists of a mastery of
traditional basic skills, a higher level learning of the ways to lead a healthy, active life, and of the required curriculum.
It also includes:
acquiring the fundamental traits of respect for others, self-control, and having opportunities throughout the educational process for self-expression by acquiring skill in the creative arts, athletics and other aspects of a well-rounded life.