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Abiqua’s art curriculum is designed to teach techniques for creating artwork with strong craftsmanship while encouraging students to use critical thinking skills and imagination to create work that is meaningful to them.

Students gain experience in a variety of artistic styles and themes using a myriad of art tools and media. Building upon itself each year, students develop motor skills and techniques for using paper, pen and ink, pencils, paint, clay, fibers, found objects and an assortment of other media.

Studio Art: In all grades, art projects are often designed to link thematically to each homeroom class. Students’ experiences are enriched with the opportunity to connect with science, math, language arts and history in the art room.


Art History: Beginning in Pre-K, students learn to recognize and understand the elements and principles of art by studying famous works of art, famous artists, influential time periods, and cultures. They examine an artist’s place in history, who and what they were influenced by, as well as who they influenced.


The vision of Abiqua’s Spanish studies is to enable students to communicate in a language other than English, gain knowledge and understanding of another culture; connect with other disciplines and acquire new information, develop insight into the nature of language and culture, and participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Studying other cultures enables children to learn responsible citizenship by understanding that there are different approaches to life and perspectives on the world.


  • Early Childhood students use a variety of songs and movement to promote language-learning in a fun and comfortable manner.


  • Lower School Spanish learners delve into the language patterns while exploring cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish often corresponds with students’ homeroom thematic curriculum.


  • Middle School students participate in a high school-level Spanish curriculum in which they complete Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 over the course of four years. Students who complete these courses leave with the option to enter Spanish 3 as freshmen in High School.


Abiqua strives to provide a diverse variety of experiences for every type of voice, interest, and multiple genres of music from pop, standards, jazz, to the masters. The goal of the program is that each student leaves Abiqua with a lifelong appreciation for music, and they continue to actively participate and patronize music and the arts into their adulthood.


  • ​Early Childhood and Lower School’s balanced music program includes singing, rhythmic activities, listening, playing instruments (percussion, recorder, ukulele), and creative movement. The human voice is the common denominator of all regardless of age, ethnicity, or background. Therefore, the initial steps in establishing our music program centers on the development and use of a student’s most important instrument…the voice.


  • Middle School students have several choices to further musical education:


Guitar:  This class is driven to produce competent, confident musicians through an understanding of theory, technique, and music history. Training students to listen intently and intentionally to music leads to analyzing, comprehending, and appreciating music from an informed position.


Band: The middle school band program introduces students to basic elements of theory and practice techniques, as well as instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of scales and warm-up techniques, particularly for woodwind players.


Choir: This program enhances students’ musical, creative and expressive qualities. They learn the basic skills of singing, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content.


Orchestra: Students learn instruments from the string family: violin, viola, cello, and bass. They develop an appreciation of music, build skills for efficient practicing, learn to follow a conductor, and increase music literacy (reading and recognizing music symbols and terms).

The upper school brass section rehearses for their performance

Physical Education

Physical Education focuses on improving fitness and agility, teaching sportsmanship and promoting the enjoyment of recreational sports and outdoor activities. Safety and awareness of self-space are emphasized in an environment where students have the opportunity to challenge themselves, express their creativity, and feel success at play.


  • Early Childhood and Lower School students participate in a variety of activities giving them opportunities to develop movement skills. They learn to recognize and identify attributes of good nutrition, healthy habits, and regular activity for lifelong health.


  • Middle School students develop physical coordination, a sense of fair play, and an understanding of the rudimentary rules and strategies necessary for success in both individual and team sports.  The program includes a variety of activities to build the foundational skills for success in later sports activities. Students gain knowledge and skills necessary to maintain an active life: movement, physical fitness, and nutrition.  

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Beyond the Classroom


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Enrichment Studies

From Kindergarten through eighth grade, Abiqua provides experiences that prepare students to be active members of the global community. We know that the world of their future will be expansive and diverse; demanding empathetic and creative citizens who seek to problem solve through finding collaborative answers to challenging questions.

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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