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What Makes

Abiqua Unique

A young student observes aquatic frogs

Our Mission

Abiqua Academy engages and inspires young scholars in a challenging yet collaborative environment that optimizes the abilities of individual students. HEART values promote a compassionate community while empowering students with tools for lifelong learning.

Honor  |  Empathy  |  Accountability  |  Respect  |  Teamwork

We believe in integrity. Our responsibility is to recognize and protect the rights of others and work towards a wholehearted understanding of human connections.

We are sensitive to the feelings, thoughts, needs, and experiences of others. We strive to learn to see the world from another’s point of view, and to appreciate different perspectives. Every human being is valuable and worthy of our compassion.

We value the talents, contributions, opinions and perspectives of others. We hold ourselves, our peers, parents, and teachers in high regard. We show consideration for the property of others, including public property.

We consider the consequences of our decisions and actions, and accept full responsibility.

We are committed to inclusiveness, cooperation and collaboration.

Students walk through the hallways with smiles and laughter

Abiqua Academy adheres to our HEART character development program which supports the concepts of Honor, Empathy, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork. We recognize that students have different gifts and talents and encourage expression through multiple intelligences and cooperative learning opportunities.

At Abiqua Academy, the development of social skills in the child is paramount to the development of academic skills. Each student learns to be a positive, supportive member of their community. Students at Abiqua are treated with respect and are expected to treat others with respect.

Abiqua Academy believes that understanding others, solving problems, and controlling anger are important skills to teach. Students learn that people perceive events in their environment differently and that they may share different values. Because in real life, conflicts can arise, Abiqua teaches the importance of conflict resolution by incorporating HEART skills.

Our Values

A line of students stands hand in hand, doing a teamwork game

Our History

In 1993, a group of committed parents founded Abiqua School as a K-6 independent school. There were 56 students. By 2005, Abiqua expanded and established a middle school on a second campus. In 2012, we moved to our current Bates Road location to accommodate all grade levels and provide room for continued growth. We established a Pre-Kindergarten in 2014 and a high school the following year, bringing the entire Pre-K-12 vision to fruition.

Today, Abiqua Academy is a dynamic primary, secondary, and college preparatory institution serving over 200 students. As a community we share high personal and academic aspirations. Our families are of diverse backgrounds, configurations, and experiences, creating an inclusive atmosphere. We are the only independent school in the mid-Willamette Valley without any religious affiliation.

Abiqua Academy

6974 Bates Rd S., Salem, OR 97306   -   503.399.9020

Abiqua Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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