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Black & Yellow

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Valley Inquiry
Charter School

5774 Hazelgreen Rd. NE
Salem, OR 97305

Phone: 503-967-3449
Fax: 503-391-4091

Principal: Jesse Payne

Office Manager: Sandra Acosta-Raya

Valley Inquiry Charter School (or VICS) offers a unique and innovative learning experience for children in a small and nurturing learning environment.

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Valley Inquiry Charter School is a kindergarten through 5th grade public elementary school located in Salem, Oregon. As a charter school, admission is open to any student in the Salem-Keizer School District by lottery. We serve up to 168 students in six classrooms in the historic Hazel Green School. We are excited to be the first public elementary school in the Pacific Northwest to be authorized as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

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Our Mission

Our vision is to further develop a primary school where children of all backgrounds and abilities can share in the joy and discovery of each day; acquire the skills to approach new problems thoughtfully and creatively; develop an appreciation and understanding of other cultures and traditions; and become actively engaged in their communities.

VICS Features

  • An inquiry-based approach to teaching,
  • An emphasis on internationalism,
  • A solid and challenging curriculum that is enriched by music and the arts,
  • Enrichment instruction in Spanish, and
  • A small, nurturing learning environment.

Our History

Valley Inquiry opened as Baker Charter School in the Fall of 2005, offering grades K-2. Each subsequent school year an additional grade was added. In 2008-2009 school year, Baker Charter School graduated its first 5th grade class. The school was authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and given the status of an IB World School in March 2010. VICS is the first public IB World School in the Pacific Northwest.

When the school achieved authorization as an IB World School, the Governing Board decided to change the school’s name. The name Baker Charter School reflected our school’s beginnings, however the name caused confusion in the community with a program called Baker Evenstart. The Governing Board selected the new name to reflect the inquiry-based approach to teaching used at VICS and other IB World Schools.

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