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1st & 2nd

Students join a teacher who stays with them through their two primary years of first and second grade. The first-grade theme “Oh the Places We’ll Go” focuses on community, starting with their classroom in our school and extending to their neighborhood, city, and state. Reading, field trips, guest speakers, and community service projects revolve around community helpers and transportation (planes, trains, and boats), and extensive scientific exploration of geological features, rocks, and minerals. In second grade, students engage in the study of animals, observing and identifying the habitat in which each animal lives. Exploring the living things in their environment, students realize that we all have the same basic needs: water, air, and shelter, and how human interaction can affect an animal. 

First and Second grade sFirst and second grade students sit excitedly at the Elsinore Theatre

3rd & 4th

“Intermediate” classrooms are a blend of third and fourth graders who travel between two classrooms for different subjects. This allows for broader relationship opportunities, fostering of leadership, instruction differentiation, and preparation for middle school. In one theme year, Intermediates "Get Oregonized" through an examination of key American government at every level and historical events of Oregon, northwest Native American culture, the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark’s journey, and the Oregon Trail.


The alternate year, Intermediates conduct an in-depth study of habitats “Over, Under and Across Oregon.” Students gain an understanding of environmental features and the life cycles and adaptations of organisms in forests, desert, ponds, rivers, marshes and the coast through uniquely designed curriculum and experiential learning opportunities.

Lower School

Students associate and integrate ideas when learning in authentic contexts. Thematic study fosters a desire to learn that is never-ending. Exploring the theme, students are given choices that invoke critical thinking and reflection. This allows for project-based, inquiry learning experiences which create a rich environment with multiple avenues for success. The classroom becomes a safe environment where students can take risks. Thematic environments have more creativity and produces students who enjoy coming to school. Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics are presented within the theme. Spanish, Art, Physical Education and Music support the classroom theme when possible and are offered throughout the week.

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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