About Salem Hills Elementary School
Salem School has a long history in Inver Grove Heights. The first Salem
School was constructed in 1861 and served children until 1953. The
current Salem Hills Elementary School was built following a referendum
in January 1952. Three phases of building additions between 1987-1989
made Salem Hills the school it is today, providing a positive learning
environment for approximately 450 students in grades K-5.
district's Early Education Program for special-needs preschool children
is located within Salem Hills. The facility houses several Community
Education programs including Community Preschool, Kids' Choice
School-Age Care and other after school activities.
Salem Hills is
the home of Atheneum, the district's program for gifted and talented
students. Atheneum was created and implemented during the 2002-2003
school year as a result of a program evaluation and the identification
of a large number of highly-gifted individuals residing in and around
Inver Grove Heights. This educational opportunity expanded in the
2003-2004 school year to include classes for third-, fourth- and
fifth-graders. In 2006, the Atheneum program expanded once again to
include qualifying second-grade students.