Founders of the School

Betsye Sargent & Barbara McFall

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. We do this because it take a village to raise a child, but it takes a community to support a school! Every year Phoenix kids contribute generously to their surrounding community and their global community.