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5 Reasons to Attend Blanchet

March 04, 2020
By Tori Hittner

We know deciding on a Salem-area middle school or high school for your child can be daunting. Many parents are searching for a well-rounded educational experience that fosters both academic and personal growth. At Blanchet, our mission is to cultivate successful students and good people. To that end, here are the top five reasons a Blanchet education is worth the investment.

1. Classrooms for All

Blanchet starts the college preparation process in sixth grade, providing a unique academic challenge for each student—one that meets both their needs and interests. Because of this, Blanchet students consistently outperform state and national averages in PSAT, SAT, and ACT testing. Many of our students find themselves ahead of the curve upon reaching college, having completed the Honors and Advanced Placement courses offered at Blanchet. Additional college credit is available on our campus through partnerships with Willamette University and Chemeketa Community College. 

2. Learning Outside the Classroom

Blanchet believes in the power of activity and service as enhancements to education. Students have opportunities to grow as stewards of their world through community service and campus ministry activities. From plentiful applied and performing arts opportunities to our competitive athletics department, students of all ages and talents are able to find ways to express themselves and develop leadership skills. Students are only limited by their time and interest, and are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to explore the various co-curricular and service opportunities.

3. Not “Just” Teachers

Blanchet’s faculty is hand-picked to provide students with the challenges they need to grow and the support they need to learn. Teachers on our campus aren’t merely lecturers. They bring experience, practical knowledge, and a passion for lifelong learning that they pass onto their students. With classes smaller than 18 students, our teachers have the ability to teach and build relationships with their students, giving them the knowledge and security to unlock their learning potential. The results speak for themselves, as Cavaliers continue on to college more than 98% of the time—compared to a national average of just 67%, according to the NCES.

4. Community of Excellence

Blanchet fosters relationships with our families and students through open communication lines and the many opportunities for involvement on our campus and in our campus ministry retreat programs. Students are offered a balanced curriculum that integrates faith, culture, service, and life. We emphasize moral development and self-discipline because we believe that education is most successful when what is taught at home is reinforced at school. We view parents as equal partners in their child’s education, faith formation, and personal development. Our goal is to encourage our students’ curiosity and build character in a way that also contributes to the enrichment of society. 


5. Learning in a 21st-Century Environment

The Blanchet campus offers students the best facilities in which to learn, play, and socialize. There is something for everyone on our 22-acre campus. Recently renovated spaces like the MakerSpace (a facility for students to apply creativity to science and engineering), computer labs, and Active Board classrooms provide students with the technological tools they need to thrive. Our sports programs enjoy sprawling fields for practice and a beautiful new stadium for competition. Blanchet’s campus is prepared for its growing enrollment and ready to meet the challenge of the evolution of 21st-century academic programs.

Schedule a visit today to discover your own opportunities for excellence at Blanchet.