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Message from the Heads

A school near the heart of the city

Since the beginning of The Phoenix School in 1981, we have been committed to being a school near the heart of the city, not only to make use of community resources, but also to be a vibrant part of our neighborhood. Even at our current location on the edge of the downtown, Phoenix kids are still a part of the Salem scene, moving easily along its sidewalks, a familiar sight to business people in the downtown as they run errands, clean up, collect ink cartridges from area businesses, make deliveries, walk to the Common, the YMCA, or the Peabody Essex Museum, celebrate May Day on Salem Common, attend a Rotary meeting, or participate in City events and celebrations.

A school that cares

With this commitment to Salem comes an obligation to teach Phoenix students the importance of giving back to the community from which they have benefited. Twenty-seven years later Phoenix kids are still contributing generously to their community.

For more information about community service learning at Phoenix, click on one of the links below.

Community service learning
Phoenix Kids Care, 30 Years of Community Service

A school for the 21st century

The rapidly changing world of the 21st century requires a different approach to education if the students of today are going to be successful adults in the future. In addition to a challenging academic curriculum designed to meet the needs of every child, the all-important 21st century skills of creative and critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, oral and written communication, and technology are integral parts of a Phoenix education. These are not new ideas to Phoenix. They have been part of our curriculum for 26 years. When your child walks through the door each day, you will know they are going to get the attention they need to meet the challenges they will face now and in the future.

Barbara McFall
Betsye Sargent
Heads of School