The Phoenix School

Learning is everywhere and incorporated into every facet of a Phoenix education.
Students, teachers, and parents are partners in the educational journey.
A Phoenix education delivers an engaging learning environment and curriculum that encourages creative growth, tenacity, and citizenship.
Asking our students to be curious about everything, we emphasize process over product.
We are an experience-driven learning community that gives kids the tools, thought process, and experiences that will help them become exceptional. We don't just teach what to learn, but how to learn.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 35 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,000
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 5 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Phoenix School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1981
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
35 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
The Phoenix School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
100%
Average Class Size
5 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Students are expected to dress to learn.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $2760 for TK to $29900 ( includes travel study trip) for grades 6-8.
Summer Program Cost
$315
Summer Program Cost Notes
Ages 6 to 10 * $315 per week or $70 per day
% on Financial Aid
50%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$15,000
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Mistral Dodson

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
EarlyAct

Arts and Music Programs:
Art + Exhibition Night, Band Instruction, Holiday Gifts, May Day Performance

School Notes

Learning is everywhere and incorporated into every facet of a Phoenix education. Students, teachers, and parents are partners in the educational journey.

Essential skills are integrated into topics introduced into our flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school, home, and the community.

Phoenix educators are not just math or science teachers, but experts in student academic motivation, creating effective habits, and student empowerment. We hire top-performing educators who think outside the box and know that there is a learning opportunity everywhere.

We know children are instinctual learners, and we value their leadership and partnership in their educational path. Here, students are full partners in their own education, parents are their integral partners, and every child is known and understood by their educators.

Our flexible, mixed-age environment breaks the traditional walls between school, home, and the community. A Phoenix education nurtures creative growth, tenacity, and citizenship. Which in turn develops caring, self confident, inquisitive, competent individuals responsive to a changing, complex world.

We believe a personalized education supports a love of learning and provides academic growth without boundaries. Our K-8 immersive partnership experience cultivates leadership and problem-solving skills, while our project-based learning spanning all subjects gives students the opportunity to think deeply on topics of interest.

A Phoenix education is not limited by its four walls. Our students venture out in the world to use the rich resources of the community, near and far.

Our home base is just over 3,000 ft. at 28 Goodhue St. in Salem, at the edge of the downtown within walking distance to the Commuter Rail, Salem Library, Mack Park, Community Life Center, Salem YMCA, Peabody Essex Museum, and Salem Common, and other community resources.

Rather than a campus that provides all the facilities needed for the curriculum, we have chosen to integrate the world around us, near and far, into our campus. We utilize the community to fulfill our educational mission.

Innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, global citizenship, and problem solving skills are at the forefront of our program. We provide a strong academic foundation, ensuring that our students continue to thrive in high school, college and beyond.

At Phoenix students learn to..
  • think critically
  • explore deeply
  • work collaboratively
  • contribute globally
  • learn from failure (FAIL = First Attempts In Learning)
  • celebrate success
  • persevere
Beyond the classroom Phoenix students are known for their...
  • character
  • creativity
  • confidence
Our students are...
  • bright
  • inquisitive
  • intuitive
  • kind
  • respectful
  • inclusive
  • collaborative leaders
  • empathetic
We invite you to visit The Phoenix School, tour the facility and observe what makes The Phoenix School special.

Schedule a visit here >>>https://phoenixschool.org/visit/
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Phoenix School cost?
The Phoenix School's tuition is approximately $29,000 for private students and $315 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Phoenix School?
The acceptance rate of The Phoenix School is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 71%.
Does The Phoenix School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Phoenix School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Phoenix School offer?
The Phoenix School offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Surf Team and Swimming.
What is The Phoenix School's ranking?
The Phoenix School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for The Phoenix School?
The application deadline for The Phoenix School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
As a parent with a student about to complete their first year at Phoenix, I have been incredibly impressed thus far with just how fast the Phoenix team has been with regard to creating a sense of community. My child had transferred from a public school, and we worried it would be hard to make new friends and settle into a new educational framework, but we needn't have worried. Within a week, our child had a solid group, and things have only deepened and widened since. Other highlights have been seeing my child gain more confidence as a public speaker, a reader (who after struggling for years is now bordering on "voracious"), and a visual artist. My otherwise shy and introverted child is making leaps and bounds toward a sense of autonomy, self-worth, and self-advocacy. I couldn't be happier.
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5  
The Phoenix School is a truly unique learning environment, and the passion and dedication of the teachers are unparalleled. It has been amazing to see how their hands-on approach has fostered a genuine excitement for the learning process. As our son wraps up his third year at the school we continue to be impressed by his progress, both academically and socially, and we've also been thrilled to see him making meaningful connections with his classmates of all ages. If you're thinking about private schools, you owe it to your child to come to take a tour of Phoenix and see for yourself what makes it so special.
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5  
Experiences with past schools felt like we were dealing with bullying or social status more than learning. Our kids didn't want to go to school. The Phoenix school changed everything. Now our kids love school, each day is an adventure, and they are learning real-world problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, leadership, and empathy. The unique approach took some getting used to, but we see it building a deep love of learning in our kids that is preparing them for the future. Yes, it's small, yes it's unconventional, and it might be the best-kept secret on the North Shore check it out.
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5  
My son has been here for one year. The teachers are incredibly gifted and talented. Each student receives essentially a custom-designed education. They progress as fast as they learn. My son has some mild special needs which are accommodated here and are a good fit with the student body. This school is like a family -- it takes a village to raise a child, and that includes being partners with their educators. I highly recommend!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 35 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,000
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 5 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Essex County, MA is $27,903 for elementary schools and $41,604 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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