Howard Street Charter School broke ground on their future home in Salem, Oregon on May 28th, 2019 at the previous site of the Oregon Department of Energy on Marion Street. Howard Street Charter School provides an innovative public education balancing the humanities, language, arts, science, and technology for grades 6-8.
After 22 years at its current location, Howard Street moved to its new downtown location in January of 2020. Howard Street Charter School was founded in 1997 as part of the South Salem High School Building and was the first charter school to be added to the Salem-Keizer School District. The new central location will allow Howard Street to be close to public transportation and therefore allow easier access for families of those attending the school.
The new location will have many firsts for Howard Street, including a dedicated science lab and its very own music classroom. Features include solar panels, plenty of glass that allows for natural daylight, and a large common area that includes a stunning bleacher stair for gatherings. The school includes 12 large classrooms, restrooms, a new kitchen, and administrative spaces in the new two-story space. Rich Duncan Construction accelerated the build process and were able to get the building finished an entire month early.