Programs of Distinction

Tiny House Design and Build

Tiny house living is all the rage, but what about the actual product behind the concept?  Salisbury students immerse themselves in the design of our tiny house from the basic floor plan to the study of the energy efficient materials used in the construction process; every base is covered .  Once the plans are set via the use of computer aided design the focus shifts the construction phase. 

Students learn through teamwork, identifying problems and finding solutions.  Coursework includes budgets, timelines, the study of the environmental impact the build and its various products will have in addition to the construction which will span a two-year period. Students are encouraged to seek outside help as needed to address technical challenges and to carry our experiments as they go.  Salisbury boys gain hands-on experience with a real life project in a wide array of learning opportunities.

Media Lab 

Each trimester students can choose a videography, digital photography or graphic design course.  In addition to these formal offerings, our Media Lab students join forces with fellow students for cross-curricular projects that combine learning experiences from a variety classes and activities such as music and mountain biking!

Students explore the esthetics and mechanics of contemporary digital photography including use of a camera as well as their phones and their various applications. 

Students are introduced to the DSLR camera and the many modes of shooting film as well as becoming fluent in Adobe Photoshop, learning how to catalog, archive and print their work for exhibition.

Students learn the latest technologies and processes of digital video production including field and studio camera operation, sound, lighting, project planning and more! Our Graphic Design course provides students the opportunity to learn and apply techniques and theories that communicate a visual message.  Students develop competency in computer illustration, layout, color, editing, typography and printing.

Our William E. Buehner Digital Media Lab is equipped with the following: 4 Sony 4K  digital video cameras, 1 DJI Phantom 4 drone, 6 Canon DSLRs, 10 Mac workstations with dual monitors each loaded with the latest version of the entire Adobe Suite, Photo/video studio equipped with green screen and six professional lights, as well as pro audio microphones.

Mandarin Chinese

China's remarkable development in recent years has made an impact on the world. To better prepare our student for the future of globalization, Salisbury School introduced a Program of Distinction in Mandarin language and culture in 2007. The program is designed to help motivated beginning and intermediate Mandarin language learners to develop proficiency in reading, writing and speaking. Students start with fundamental pronunciation and writing skills, and lessons are based on real-life situations to further enhance their language immersion experience. Additionally, students are exposed to various Chinese customs and cultures to broaden their perspective. For more information click here.

Entrepreneurial Studies

The Economics Department benefits from a multi-disciplinary approach to the discipline, as well as a commitment to the depth of experiential learning that comes from applying economic theory.    Students, typically in the upper forms, may choose to pursue a program oriented around the capital markets by studying economics and personal finance, or may apply to participate in the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, a three-course program oriented around the theory and practice of building an organization around a novel concept.   Embedded in this program is a college-level economics course designed to better prepare students for further study of the discipline.  Student experience in the department centers on our belief that boys best learn by doing. The theories of personal finance are cemented through an annual mock portfolio competition and an active investment club on campus overseen by the Economics faculty. The theories of supply and demand find real meaning in the student demand schedules created by the Student Agencies operating on campus (see the Entrepreneurial Studies Overview). Every student in Entrepreneurial Studies creates, develops and defends, to the school administration, a real business plan, seeking approval and seed funding from the school. Many go on to put their plans into action as Independent Study projects in their sixth form year. For more information click here.


Salisbury is pleased to offer students a hand-on opportunity to explore the world of robotics. Students may elect to participate in Robotics for a season in the place of afternoon athletics.  

“The goal is to learn as much as we can about the software and the hardware that we have to see how much we can do with it,” notes Instructor in Science and Robotics Advisor Douglas Weisman. “There are many resources available to students and teachers, and our first job is to find the best ways to teach and learn programming and project management. The medium term goal is to have the ability to make machine parts with some basic shop tools. Eventually, we will integrate computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) into the program and have students use a 3-D printer to produce prototypes of their designs.”

The first project boys work on is creating a robot capable of moving, sensing its environment and lifting objects. This robot will be used for most of the programming activities. Initially, students will program their robots to do relatively simple tasks including navigating mazes, picking up balls and avoiding walls. As the term progresses, the tasks become increasingly sophisticated. The hope is that by the end of the season, boys will be able to program their robots to perform useful tasks. “Students use on-line tutorial videos, written directions, sample programs and occasional direct instruction about how the robots work and how to write programming. These skills will be helpful for future programming work since the language our students use is similar to the widely used C++ language,” comments Weisman.

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