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6974 Bates Rd S.
Salem, OR 97302

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(503) 399-9020
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September 19, 2015
Fantastic value for money in terms of subject variety in the curriculum and quality of staff.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
September 19, 2015
Abiqua uses Honor, Empathy, Accountability Responsability, Teamwork, the "HEART skills" to foster goodwill and integrity between all students and staff

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2015
What I would have rated this school a few years ago and what I rate it now are vastly different. What you think of Abiqua will depend on how long your kids have been at the school and whether or not they went to the middle school. Abiqua Academy (its new name) is a vastly different culture than Abiqua School. If you are looking for a prep school where homework is more important than sleep, along with a dash of arrogance and dismissiveness, this is your school. If you are looking for a well balanced lifestyle for your child with exposure to good music programs, sports, good academics, and a lot of different peers, stop. This isn't your school. The middle schoolers go on a trip every year so in addition to the $12,000 in tuition, you will want to budget an additional $3000 or so per person for the trip. If your child doesn't go on the trip, they aren't given a serious education that week so it is wasted money. The school is also heavy on donations and an email already went out this past school year about how they will need everyone's support for the new high school. If you enroll in the fall, just plan to be inundated with requests for money. The middle school is bleeding students so those missing tuition dollars will need to be made up by the remaining parents. Then there are the practical things you don't think about as a parent. The middle school gets out at 3:30 which is an hour after Salem-Keizer. So if you have a child that wants to play football, for example, you have to decide if you are going to pull them out of school early to make practices. The community is geared about public schools, and Abiqua's schedule isn't in sync with that.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2015
After committing the resources for Abiqua I felt a bit mislead. Despite the small class sizes students DO NOT get individualized teaching. I found out late in the year that the testing they do is just for the office and doesn't benefit the kids. Students are all clumped towards the mean and advanced students are held back for teacher convenience rather than placed based on their test results. The music program leaves a great deal to be desired and repeats identically each year so no opportunity for advancement exists. There is a culture of extortative intimidation by the administration to solicit donations which begins once you sign your contract. Despite the advertised cost there are numerous "hidden fees" that add up quite a bit such as "field trip fees", "technology fees", "technology maintenance fee", inflated costs for iPads that you have to buy through the school. Plus they change required technology arbitrarily so you might have to buy multiple iPads or computers. Plus tuition rises each year despite the fact that they do not provide more each year. Finally, any attempt to address any topic with the office is met with a smile, a nod, and no further action.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2015
Abiqua Academy is not only a wonderful place to work but it is one of the best schools in the Willamette Valley for PreK-12. Students are given one-on-one time with teachers at every grade level. Abiqua provides an environment that allows students to thrive.

- submitted by a teacher

February 08, 2015
Having had multiple kids at the school for multiple years I have noticed a trend towards mediocrity. Despite ever increasing tuition which is now over $10 K per child the overall quality of education is declining. The school has had a great deal of teacher turnover recently. The classes are being combined and taught at a lower level than they once were. The Principal acts like a greeter at the door each morning but cannot retain good teachers. Additionally, the principal wants zero parent involvement (unless you are donating more money). Discipline has also been a major problem especially with bullying which the school seems unable to manage.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2014
Abiqua school has been drastically changing it's direction in recent years. This shift causes valid concerns on either side of the issue. There are people happy with it and others quite unhappy. Both sides will have valid views. The reputation it has enjoyed is shifting and where that will stop is still to be seen.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2014
Tuition at Abiqua School is over $10,000. Annual giving donation is a requirement. Registration Fee is $1000 per child. Capital Campaign contributions are made through binding contracts. Since the school is in an aggressive growth period, more of this hard earned tuition money is being spent on speculation. As a parent it feels like academic preparation has taken a back seat to creating an illusion of exclusivity. In the past teachers were allowed to keep pace with the individual student so that advanced children could be challenged. Now our new administrator prefers that all the kids get the same curriculum and meet the same standards. The result is that even though some classes are as small as seven kids some are lost and others are bored to tears. It just is no longer a good value for academics.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2014
My children are entirely different learners but Abiqua's individualized attention makes it possible for each of them to be confident and successful, despite the rigorous curriculum. The teachers and staff really know what they're doing. We couldn't be happier with our choice.

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2014
Abiqua is an amazing school- the sense of community and dedication to academic excellence ensure that our children will have the best possible foundation in life.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2013
Dear Board Member: We are writing you this letter because we disagree with the path the school is taking under the direction of the new Head and we believe it is no longer safe to voice these concerns to her. It would be easy for each of you, individually, to decide that the problem is a few outspoken people who get everyone riled up . You may never imagine who has contributed to this letter. Contrary to what the Head has said, we are not mad at the school . We think the school is great and feel lucky to have hired so many talented and loving teachers. This special staff has been built over years of careful selection and they are absolutely devoted to their profession. Furthermore, we have a great new facility with a beautiful playground and tons of parking. We pay our tuition in full, contribute to all requests for donations and volunteer whenever possible. We are a supportive part of the Abiqua community. We have chosen to stay at Abiqua even though there are other private school options for us, as she has offered.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2013
At Abiqua obedience from parents is a requirement. Head of school knows what is best for your child. Dear Parents, Abiqua has a mission to provide the best for our students through an integrated, engaging curriculum in all subject areas. This commitment is implemented and created through a shared vision of the teachers and administration. As an Independent School our teachers work collectively to develop and present a rigorous curriculum aligned with our mission by constantly keeping current with best practices. This begins with looking at the standards. Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. Standards provide clear goals for student learning. While individual states have developed their own standards, the nation s governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of .... blah, blah, blah... Jo Ann

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2013
Abiqua is a wonderful, supportive place! From kindergarten onward, students are taught positive values that are integrated into all aspects of their education. Academically, the children are given one on one attention which has challenged both of our children to meet (and often exceed) their personal goals.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2009
As a parent of two kids with one in Abiqua and other one on their way there, I can say the way of teaching in Abiqua is the way all schools will teach in future. Use of multimedia in each class room (smart boards), laptops for middleschoolers for doing all their work, real world projects and powerpoint presentations to solidify presentation/commuication skills. Teachers take the time to inform each parent about their child's progress daily and the whole school community (teachers, childern, parents and grandparents) is very active on its own community site on the internet. Ask anyone about HEART skills. It is worth learning at Abiqua.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2008
As an Abiqua Alumni i could not recommend this school more. When I entered Abiqua I was incredibly shy and self-conscience. The amazing teachers and staff created such a sense of community that it was easy to feel right at home in my new school. Every teacher was kind and compassionate- each genuinely caring about their students. The confidence I received during those crucial middle school years surely could not be matched by any standard public school. Now, as a senior in high school, I fully realize what a difference Abiqua has made.

- submitted by a student

June 13, 2006
The quality of the academic program at Abiqua Middle School is outstanding. The teachers and curriculum prove to be second to none, and students are tracked in all areas so their curriculum is tailored to fit their abilities and learning style.

- submitted by a student
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Abiqua Academy
6974 Bates Rd S., Salem, OR  97302
(503) 399-9020
Last modified Abiqua Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Abiqua Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top