In 1993, a group of committed parents founded Abiqua as a K-6 independent school with 56 students. In 2005, Abiqua established a middle school on a second campus. In 2012, the school moved to its present site on Bates Road to accommodate all grade levels and provide room for continued growth. A Pre-Kindergarten was added and in 2014, and in 2015, Abiqua opened a high school, offering coursework for students in Grades Nine through Twelve.
Abiqua has grown into a dynamic college preparatory institution serving nearly 190 students in 2020-21. This brings to fruition the original vision of the school founders to offer a complete elementary and secondary program for students and families in the mid-Willamette Valley with high personal and academic aspirations.
The Abiqua constituency represents the greater Salem community. The school community is known for its inclusive atmosphere. Families of diverse backgrounds feel welcome. Abiqua offers the only private Pre-K – Grade 12 program in the mid-Willamette Valley without a religious affiliation.
Abiqua’s approach to learning features integrated instruction through Middle School with particular emphasis on themes providing context for academic lessons. Students also enjoy art, music, PE and Spanish. Teaching strategies are based on current brain and educational research. Hands-on learning opportunities are developmentally appropriate, promoting autonomy as well as collaboration. The high school offers a blended instructional model that provides a customized learning experience tailored to the needs and interests of each student. Master teachers guide students and provide one-on-one and small group instruction. Teachers design collaborative and experiential learning that reinforce the school’s overall commitment to community.
At all grades, Abiqua adheres to a character development program called HEART, which teaches students the concepts of Honor, Empathy, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork. Abiqua teachers recognize that students have different gifts and talents and encourage expression through a variety of exciting opportunities.