Heritage
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We are excited to have found a permanent home for Heritage School at Fairview.  Formerly a state run training center for the developmentally challenged, Fairview’s 275-acre campus will be transformed into a vibrant new sustainable community.  The Pringle Creek Community, on another part of the Fairview property, already has begun construction on new homes (their informative pringlecreek.com website outlines their impressive vision for sustainability).

We love our building’s tall, gabled ceilings with clerestory windows.  Built in 1986, the 5,400 square foot building received extensive renovations in 2004, our first year at this site.  We have a large art room, a library, a science room, a math room, a writing center, a computer room, and a kitchen. 

If you are interested in taking a closer look inside our school building during a typical morning at Heritage, we invite you to take our Virtual Tour.

The main room at Heritage School

Our new school’s many windows allow a pleasant, light-filled view of the adjacent park belonging to Heritage School. Several tall oaks and redwood trees provide shade for the two acres our school occupies at Fairview.  There’s a cozy, wisteria covered arbor and ample space to plant gardens and study nature.   The attached covered play area spans the eighty-five foot length of the building, allowing plenty of room to exercise even during rainy weather.  Opportunities for science excursions abound, as a creek and wetlands are within walking distance.  Contact us for directions and an appointment if you want to come visit.

Kids at play outside the school



Fairview and Heritage School

Heritage School now occupies part of the land that was formerly known as the Fairview Training Center. The state of Oregon sold this 275 acre property in 2002 to an organization devoted to creating a sustainable community in Salem.  Sustainable Fairview Associates developed a master plan that outlined a visionary concept for creating a diverse mix of housing, green space, and businesses.  Developers willing to carry forth the key elements of their sustainable design for this beautiful property began construction of homes in February 2007 in the new Pringle Creek Community, the first thirty-two acres to be sold.

The concept of community lies at the heart of our school's philosophy,
and we share Sustainable Fairview Associates’ notion that we are not islands unto ourselves; everything we do impacts others. We try to cultivate an awareness of how our decisions affect our environment, and we want to promote responsibility and consideration for the needs of others.

Student exploring our local wetlands

Already Fairview has served as a rich learning laboratory for Heritage
School students. In recent years, the Fairview property was designated a
state game refuge, and we have seen ample evidence that a thriving
community of wildlife inhabits this land. We love the fact that deer romp through our fields. A fox even scampered onto our “back porch” one evening after school. During our study of nocturnal animals we didn’t have to look far to find owl pellets; the double silo within sight of our playground provided ample evidence of the presence of barn owls. Pringle Creek is just a short distance away. We have investigated water quality, measuring stream health, oxygen content, etc. We have explored a wetlands monitoring project under the guidance of a Willamette University biology student. We have teamed up with our neighbors, Willamette Organics (makers of compost tea), to grow a thriving vegetable garden on property adjacent to our playground.

We will have the opportunity to witness first hand the creation of a new
type of community. We want to investigate the many issues facing this
development. We will research the history of this land, including the First Nations people who lived here before Europeans. We want to learn about the history of the state's involvement with people with developmental challenges. We want to explore how the state’s practices evolved over the years.

We are delighted to be in on the "ground floor" of this exciting new
community. We know that our own understanding of how to live a more
sustainable lifestyle will grow, and the ripple effect will undoubtedly
spread to the many families whose children attend Heritage School.
Our students care deeply about this land; they inspire hope and wonder.

Two students explore a neighboring sequoia tree