Salisbury Academy
Salisbury Academy's summer programming launched campers on exciting outdoor expeditions through a continued partnership with Muddy Sneakers. Pictured above, campers observe and learn about aquatic life at Lake Corriher.
The Jaguar Journal
Summer 2019
Reflection and Growth through Reaccreditation: Self-Study and Mission Refresh 

SA welcomed 207 students yesterday for the first day of the 2019-20 school year.
As Salisbury Academy's faculty, staff, and board  prepare for reaccreditation over the 2019-20 school year, we are eager to maximize our takeaways and further hone the strategic goals and direction of the school.  As a central part of this process, Salisbury Academy will undergo a self-study over the coming three months.
Key focus goals of the study will be:
  • Salisbury Academy seeks to provide a financially sustainable model with attention to debt reduction, new and non-tuition revenue streams, and tuition affordability.
  • Salisbury Academy seeks to expand mission-appropriate programming opportunities in the following areas:
    • Establish college counseling programming for alumni
    • Explore expansion through the addition of a downtown, innovative high school model
    • Design a system of competencies that grow across the K-12 curriculum
  • Salisbury Academy seeks to gain a comprehensive understanding of the academic learning support services needed by our student population and strategically provide support structures and program services to meet these goals.
Join Us for a Creek Week Outdoor Movie

Join Us  for an 
O utdoor Movie Night
as part of the Rowan County Creek Week festivities
Saturday, August 24
at 8 p.m. 
i n the SA Outdoor Amphitheater

Community members are welcome to bring a blanket or chair and come to view the movie Moana under the stars!

In other reaccreditation efforts, Salisbury Academy's board, faculty, and staff reaffirmed our commitment to nurturing the whole child, learning through experience, and developing lifelong learners and passionate leaders through the refreshing of the Salisbury Academy Mission Statement. The refreshed mission reads: 

Salisbury Academy inspires a love of learning and prepares passionate leaders through discovery, stewardship, community and faith.
All community members interested in taking part in the self-study focus groups are encouraged to participate, as we greatly value your feedback. Please email me at if you would like to get involved, share ideas, or learn more about this process.

Wishing our community a fantastic 2019-2020 school year!


Beverly Fowler, Head of School

Back-to-School Shoe Drive: Aug 1-31
Back-to-School Shoe Drive

Salisbury Academy is proud to partner with SA Corporate Partner Thrivent Financial, along with the Samaritan's Feet organization, in a back-to-school shoe drive! Bring your gently-used shoes to Salisbury Academy between August 1-31, and inspire hope in children along with the advancement of educational and economic opportunities for families in need. 

SA Back-to-School Highlights
Salisbury Academy was pleased to welcome 207 students yesterday for our first day of the 2019-20 school year. Highlights for the year ahead include: 

School Travel Opportunities
Building on last year's successful launch of  Salisbury Academy Enrichment Programming - choice-based offerings for students as they explore areas of interest to complement their school-day experiences - the school will expand its Enrichment offerings to include travel for students, families, and alumni families. An upcoming trip to New England is currently available for interested families, alumni, and friends of the school and will provide both outdoor adventure and immersion in history.
Buildings and Grounds Enhancements
Several buildings and grounds upgrades have been completed over the summer. A four-square court gifted by the graduating class of 2019 was added to the playground, a new phone system was installed, and a drainage system at the front and back entrances was put in place thanks to a grant by the City of Salisbury.

Horizons Partnership
Over the 2019-20 school year Salisbury Academy will continue to build upon its partnership with Horizons Unlimited and its offerings as an official STEM school. Activities in the year ahead will include regular visits by the coding bus and whole-school Horizons STEM immersion days both on the Salisbury Academy campus and at the Horizons center.

Meet the New Salisbury Academy Trustees
Mark Petty holds a bachelor of science in accounting from Bob Jones University and a master of business administration from Florida Southern College. A certified public accountant, he began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick. Since 2006, Petty is vice president of finance at Global Contact Services. He and his wife, Kim, have two sons, Tyler and Jon Mark, both of whom graduated from Salisbury Academy. Kim Petty taught at the Academy for 14 years. The family first joined Salisbury Academy when the school was in its original location at Haven Lutheran Church.

Greg Shields  brings his expertise from a number of local organizations as well as his career in network design, implementation and security. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from James Madison University. After working at UUNET, WorldCom, and Savvis, Shields recently took a position at NetFoundry, where he is responsible for developing and maintaining partner relationships with data center operators, managing service providers, and telcos. Shields and his wife, Kristin, have two children, Phoebe and Thatcher, both of whom graduated from Salisbury Academy. Shields has served as the board chairman for Downtown Salisbury Inc., on the board of Historic Salisbury Foundation, and on the vestry as junior warden at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 

Maria Vandergriff-Avery,  a Catawba College professor of sociology and director of honors program, is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Vandergriff-Avery and her husband, Christopher Avery, moved to Salisbury in 2003. Vandergriff-Avery holds bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as well as a doctorate in family studies in public and community health from the University of Maryland College Park. Her writing focuses on marital power, gender, low-income families, and violence in families. Vandergriff-Avery and her husband have two children, Moira and Finnegan, both of whom attend Salisbury Academy. In her spare time, Vandergriff-Avery enjoys reading, running, hiking, and spending time with family.

LaSheka Walker brings extensive experience in development, operations, and education. Walker holds a bachelor of science degree from Winston-Salem State University and a master's degree from the University of Phoenix. Walker is development officer for Catawba College, and she previously worked at Miller-Motte Technical College, Northwest Child Development, and Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. She and her husband, Curtis, are Salisbury Academy parents with two sons, Jalon and Deuce. Walker serves on the boards of J.F. Hurley Family YMCA and the Foundation for the Carolinas.

SA Alumni Spotlight: Katie Pryor, SA Class of 2015
Katie Pryor attended Salisbury Academy for sixth through eighth grades and returned to SA for the 2018-19 year as a student teacher. As part of her high school senior year internship program, Pryor worked in the early education classrooms for two hours each school day. She also served as a teacher in Salisbury Academy's after school program. 

Looking back at her experiences at Salisbury Academy, Pryor smiles as she recalls the lasting friendships, memorable field trips, welcoming community, and musical productions.

"I have such wonderful memories from my Salisbury Academy journey," she said. 

Sharing about her time working in the early education classrooms at Salisbury Academy, Pryor said that she gained incredibly helpful insights from her interactions with the children and teachers. 

"It was amazing to work with the kids and learn different teaching techniques. Children change so much over the course of their early education and it was fascinating to see how different their needs and abilities are at ages 4, 5, and 6," said Pryor.  

Katie will begin pursuing her degree in early childhood education this fall and plans to be just like the teachers she shadowed over the 18-19 school year: a junior kindergarten teacher. 

"Working with the kids and teachers at Salisbury Academy has absolutely confirmed what I want to do for a profession."