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Salisbury Education

The Wicomico County Public School System actively pursues its mission of providing all Wicomico County students an educational foundation and a set of skills which will enable them to become responsible and productive citizens in our society. The school system’s motto is “Success – Every Student, Every Day.” To encourage innovation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John E. Fredericksen has made his current theme, “If It Helps a Student Learn, Let’s Do It.”
Wicomico County Public Schools and many of its schools and staff members (, have earned state and national recognition. The Wicomico school system is proud to be an important component of Salisbury/Wicomico County being named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People six times by the America’s Promise Alliance. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has named Wicomico County as one of the Best Communities for Music Education three times in the past six years. The school system earned the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s B+ (Be Positive Award) for its summer blood drive. The school system’s Business Support Services department encourages transparency in reporting and has received numerous awards and commendations for its financial reporting and budget documents, all of which are posted on the school system’s website. The Wicomico school system received a national award for promotion of health and wellness.

The Wicomico Early Learning Center won the State of Maryland International Reading Association’s Exemplary Reading Program Award. Northwestern Elementary is a Maryland and National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and Glen Avenue Elementary is a national High-Flying School as well as a Green School award winner. Wicomico County now operates seven full geothermal schools and seven schools have earned the prestigious Energy Star Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Most recently, the James M. Bennett High School was selected by the Engineering News Record (ENR) as the Best K-12 Education Project in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the ENR 2012 Best Projects competition.

Employees of the Wicomico County School System have earned many awards, including Maryland Teachers of the Year, Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winners, and Maryland Assistant Principals of the Year. Wicomico educators have been recognized for excellence and outstanding achievement in music, art, special education, National Board certification, community service, health promotion and education, gifted and talented education, science, family & consumer sciences, auto technology instruction, the Horizons program, and supporting minority achievement.
Approximately 80 percent of Wicomico County teachers have master's degrees, equivalencies or doctorates. Approximately 94 percent of teachers meet the federal requirements to be Highly Qualified, and 100% of Title I assistants and 80% of other assistants are Highly Qualified. The school system employs 1,232 certificated teachers with an average tenure of 12 years. Students in every school are provided with guidance services and a school nurse, and secondary schools are assigned a school resource officer from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.  To help each child reach his or her potential, special area personnel serve in the following capacities: resource teachers; school psychologists; occupational, speech, and physical therapists; special education teachers; teachers for English Language Learners; and gifted and talented teachers.
The Wicomico County school system has approximately 14,500 students attending 25 schools. There are 16 elementary schools, one elementary-middle school, three middle schools, one middle-high school, and three high schools, one with a Department of Career and Technology Education. Wicomico County also has an Evening High School at which students can earn a Maryland High School Diploma. The school system has an array of services and programs to serve the needs of all students from birth through age 21, including:

  • Infants & Toddlers Program
  • Judy Center and Wicomico Early Learning Center
  • Special Education services
  • Thinking and Doing (TAD) program for gifted and talented students grades 3-8
  • English Language Learner classes
  • STARS/MAST after school program
  • Magnet program for high performing learners in grades 3-5
  • JROTC program
  • Advanced Placement classes
  • Links for students to enroll in classes at higher education institutions
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives
  • Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program for students interested in careers in the arts 
Operation of the Wicomico County School System takes place in accordance with the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan, with every decision and budget allocation linked to the strategic priorities of high student achievement, safe learning environment, and effective and efficient operations.
Addressing aging school facilities to provide the best possible learning environment for students remains a priority for the superintendent and the Wicomico County Board of Education. Recent school projects include the renovation and modernization of North Salisbury Elementary (2006); the renovation, expansion and modernization of Prince Street Elementary (2008); and construction of a replacement James M. Bennett High (opened in August 2010). Next on the construction list is the replacement Bennett Middle in Fruitland, followed by completion of the James M. Bennett High project with full site development, and the replacement West Salisbury Elementary project. The school system continues to work toward its goal of having all instructional areas air conditioned. All of the school system’s capital plans and facility information are available online at under Facility Services.
A seven-member Board of Education, with members appointed by the Maryland governor, sets policies and approves the budget for the school system. The Board receives input from Student Government Association presidents from the four high schools. The Board meets monthly in open, public meetings to make policy decisions for the school system, and holds public work sessions almost weekly, usually on Tuesday mornings, that provide the opportunity for Board members to explore an issue or program in depth. The Board is committed to carrying out its Vision Statement to educate each student to his or her full potential.

Private, Christian and Parochial Schools

Wicomico County offers diversity in educational with a wide range of private and parochial schools with instruction ranging from pre-school through high school.

Salisbury School is a non-sectarian, co-ed independent college preparatory day school offering a rigorous academic program for grades pre-k through 12.  It maintains high academic and behavioral standards in a stimulating, safe, and positive environment where all members of the community are expected to work to their full potential and be accountable for their actions. 

Salisbury Christian School is an evangelical, interdenominational school with an elementary and a middle/high school program. While currently on two campuses, construction is underway to consolidated campus on Parker Road.
St. Francis de Sales Parish School is centrally located just south of Salisbury's downtown and provides educational training through the eighth grade. 
A parochial high school education is offered at Saints Peter and Paul School in Easton, with express bus service provided.

Wicomico Day School is a core knowledge school that extends through the fifth grade.  It also offers learning and fun programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.   Since opening in 1990, the Day School has grown to between 275 to 300 students in full day and part day programs that include Spanish, music, art, and physical education.

Asbury Child Development Center is a pre-school and Kindergarten established in 1963 as a community ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church. Our purpose is to provide at reasonable cost a secure, loving yet stimulating environment with structured activities in which children ages 2 years through Kindergarten can develop appropriate social and mental skills without undue academic pressure.

Top quality day care providers abound in the area and all must be state licensed with an approved curriculum.  Superb programs to prepare the young people for school are offered by Fun-Shine Early Learning Center, The Pumpkin Patch, Wee Watch Day Care, and Timmons Bell & Slate for early learners.  After school programs are also available.

Supplemental educational services are available from Sylvan Learning Centers and Kumon Math and Reading Center in the area for students who need additional assistance to reach their full potential.

Wicomico Public Library

Wicomico Public Library provides print and online resources for businesses.  Topics include small business planning, management, business plans, business law and financing. 
The Library provides access to information through books and magazines, both in-print and online; as well as audiobooks,music and movies. Public access computers are available at all library locations. Professional research assistance is always available. WPL is the community's cultural and recreational hub, with classes, hands-on workshops, lectures, music and social events. 

Individuals, community groups and businesses can utilize the Library's meeting rooms, computer lab and classroom space for special programs, public meetings or training.  It is the mission of Wicomico Public Library to serve its community by supporting education, enriching lives, and building community.  You Belong @ Wicomico Public Library! 


Wor-Wic  Community College
Wor-Wic Community College, located in Salisbury, Wor-Wic is a comprehensive community college that enhances local economic growth by addressing the educational, training and workforce development requirements of the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties.
Founded in 1975, Wor-Wic Community College provides more than 60 credit program options leading to an associate degree, certificate of proficiency or letter of recognition, as well as documents of completion for continuing education courses. Wor-Wic offers a variety of online and hybrid, as well as day, evening and weekend classes.

Students can complete their first two years of college at Wor-Wic before transferring to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students interested in entering the workforce immediately after graduation can enroll in one of Wor-Wic’s career programs.

Wor-Wic also offers a wide range of continuing education courses to help students prepare for a new career, upgrade existing skills, or meet licensure and certification requirements. Customized training is available for businesses, industries and organizations. Courses and seminars are designed to meet specific company needs and schedules. They are conducted both day and evening in college facilities or at company business sites. Portable laptop computers make learning the latest software applications convenient for on-site training throughout the Lower Eastern Shore.

Salisbury University 

Nationally recognized for academic excellence, Salisbury University offers a creative curriculum emphasizing undergraduate research, study abroad, professional internships, and community engagement.

The beautiful 182-acre campus is home to more than 8,600 graduate and undergraduate students from across the U.S. and around the world. All four of its schools are endowed, a rarity among public institutions. Students may choose from among 42 majors, 15 graduate programs, including an M.B.A., and a new Doctor of Nursing Practice. In fall 2011, SU opened Perdue Hall, home to the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, and Sea Gull Square, an apartment-retail complex.
For 16 consecutive years, Salisbury has been ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Universities in the North. SU also is recognized by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Competitive athletic teams have earned 16 NCAA Division III national championships. Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach is the first university president to be named one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs by The Daily Record.
Exceptional students, a highly regarded faculty, and dynamic administration have made Salisbury A Maryland University of National Distinction.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is located less than 15 miles south of Salisbury in Princess Anne. Currently, UMES offers major programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 26 disciplines in the arts and sciences, professional studies and agricultural sciences. UMES also offers 14 teaching degree programs and eight pre-professional programs, as well as an honors program designed in cooperation with the University of Maryland Baltimore to prepare students for advanced study.

Wilmington University

  Wilmington University is a small, private school with sites throughout Delaware. These sites allow the University to bring educational programs to the community at a convenient time and location. The University employs a closely coordinated mix of full-time and adjunct faculty who combine the best of instructional practices and real world experience. In addition to this convenience and relevance, Wilmington University is committed to quality personal service to a diverse population of students. The goal is student success.