School Colors: Black & Yellow
School Mascot: Cheetahs
Valley Inquiry Charter School is a kindergarten through sixth grade public school of 208 students in Salem, Oregon. As a public charter school, admission is open to any student in the Salem-Keizer School District through a lottery system. Admission is free. Please click here for more information on how to attend Valley Inquiry.
Valley Inquiry opened first as Baker Charter School in the Fall of 2005, offering instruction for grades K-2. Each subsequent school year, an additional grade was added. In the Fall of 2008, Baker Charter School graduated its first 5th grade class. In March 2010, we became the first public elementary school in the Pacific Northwest to be authorized as a Primary Years Program (PYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Shortly after, Baker Charter School changed its name to Valley Inquiry to better reflect our school's values and mission.
In Spring of 2021, Valley Inquiry was approved to expand to include Middle School students. In Summer of 2021, Valley Inquiry applied to be an IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Candidate School. In Fall 2021, Valley Inquiry welcomed its first Middle School Class with new 6th Graders. In Fall 2022, Valley Inquiry added 7th Grade. In Fall 2023, Valley Inquiry will add 8th Grade.
Please click here for more information on our IB PYP program.
Our mission 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.
Valley Inquiry focuses on an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. This means that students have agency over their learning, with teachers serving more as guides to help them as they inquire into the world around them.
Valley Inquiry emphasizes internationalism, multiculturalism, and global-mindedness. We embrace diversity as an important construct that helps to shape the world around us.
Valley Inquiry creates a solid and challenging curriculum that is enriched by music, Spanish instruction, and the arts.
Valley Inquiry is a small, nurturing environment rooted in the IB Attributes that help define us as an IB community.
Plan Development - January 2020
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Plan Development - September 2021
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Public Comment - May 2022
Plan Approved & Submitted - June 2022