Salem High Schools Receive Barr Foundation Grant

Posted on: October 22, 2021

Barr Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Salem High Schools’ Redesign

Salem, MA.- The Barr Foundation has awarded Salem High Schools a $300,000 grant to support the redesign of career and technical education programs as well as the expansion of dual enrollment and early college offerings.  The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets in excess of $3 billion, and has contributed more than $1 billion to charitable causes.

Salem Public School students attend high school at three different campuses:  New Liberty Innovation School, Salem High School, and Salem Prep High School. While each campus has its own strengths and identity, all graduates of Salem Public Schools are envisioned to become independent learners and globally engaged citizens.  The portrait of a Salem graduate further defines six skills that are developed during high school to help each person become future ready. These include: 

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Self-awareness
  • Cultural competence

To support the development of independent learners and globally engaged citizens, Salem High Schools are committed to the following guaranteed student experiences:

  1. Four-year personalized graduation plan for each student, updated annually to reflect the student’s goals
  2. High quality social-emotional and academic learning
  3. Credits or credentials earned through advanced coursework, career-technical education, internships and/or job-training.  Salem High Schools’ redesign and modernization of career technical education programs that are aligned to needs of today’s workforce demands.  
  4. Participation in the arts
  5. Participation in at least one extra-curricular activity

Salem Public Schools is transforming the high school experience to ensure that every student has a world class experience, with a focus on college and careers for all students.  This comprehensive redesign provides the support necessary to engage and lift up our students to reach their fullest potential.  Salem High Schools are moving forward with a structured design that will personalize the learning pathway for each student.  

“Our biggest asset is our staff.  They are caring, compassionate and do everything they believe is best for each student,” shared Salem High School Senior Jimena Pueyo-Garcia.  Jimena discussed the various programs that engage students and believes that the Barr Foundation will afford Salem High Schools to elevate every student’s progress and support them in reaching their goals.  

We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse city.  Our schools’ mission is to provide our families with the options and opportunities to meet their diverse social-emotional and academic needs.  The Salem High Schools Redesign Plan is an entry point into a personalized learning experience that provides our students with the skills and experiences necessary to be informed and competitive in future career and college endeavors.  

This Barr Foundation grant will accelerate Salem High School’s redesign and provide rich, lasting opportunities for students to deepen their learning through vocational training and dual enrollment/early college opportunities.  

For more information, visit or follow @BarrFdn.

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