Realms of Inquiry was founded in 1972 as a special-purpose school for gifted, talented and creative individuals. As the school developed it became apparent to the founders that a large population of highly intelligent but unchallenged and sometimes unmotivated children was in need of a specialized educational program. Realms has grown over the years to meet the needs of this population without losing sight of its original commitment to students who are both independent-thinking and motivated.

From early on Realms has leaned toward the experiential education model. Experiential learning complements Realms' philosophy and is helping us to make our classroom teaching more hands on and interdisciplinary, increase student ownership in the educational process, create more opportunities for students to be involved in the greater community, connect classroom and outdoor learning, and increase the quality of student work.

Realms of Inquiry is an independent school and has been accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission since 1982.

Realms of Inquiry, a cooperative learning community that offers an accredited curriculum for grades 6 through 12, is dedicated to providing a supportive learning environment for bright and intellectually creative students. Working closely with faculty, each student designs a program tailored to his or her particular interests and learning style.

Realms students learn to welcome challenges and take risks. They gain knowledge, skills, and confidence through experience in the classroom, the community, the outdoors, and international travel. Realms graduates become life-long learners, leaders, and innovators.

Realms of Inquiry was founded as a special purpose school for gifted, talented and creative individuals at a time when public education was unaware of its failure to reach those with the greatest potential. Although much has changed, Realms has a unique 3-pronged approach that has been fine-tuned over four decades to challenge, engage and motivate students from all walks of life.