Frequently Asked Questions
Blanchet educates Mid Valley youth in grades 6-12. Both the mid high (6-8) and high school (9-12) are located in the same building, on the same campus. The mid high is physically separated from the high school, and mid high students have their own cafeteria and lockers. Blanchet's mid high has its own faculty and student activities.
A limited amount of tuition assistance is available to qualified families. The process for determining tuition assistance is fair and confidential. Read more about the tuition assistance process.
Yes, Blanchet is accredited through the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), through Cognia.
Yes. Students attend Blanchet from schools throughout the Mid Valley. While some students have a Catholic elementary school background, others have attended other private schools, public schools or home schools. Seventeen percent of Blanchet students live outside of Salem-Keizer. Forty-four percent of students are non-Caucasian. Almost fifty percent of Blanchet families receive tuition assistance.
The calendar is very similar to the Salem-Keizer calendar. School typically begins after Labor Day and ends in the middle of June. Spring break and Christmas vacation usually coincide with public school vacations.
Yes, once students arrive at school they are to remain on campus the entire school day unless they have a pre-arranged, excused reason to leave. Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch or to have visitors at lunchtime.
No. Blanchet is a Catholic school, however, we welcome students of all faiths who desire a rigorous college preparatory education in a Gospel-values based environment.
Students may either bring lunch from home or may purchase hot lunch from a weekly menu. Snacks, soda, juice and milk are also available each day for lunch and during the morning break. The school provides microwaves for student use.
Yes, the students at Blanchet adhere to a dress code that requires them to wear attire that is clean and modest. Boys must wear collared shirts. While girls do not have to wear collared shirts, they may not wear t-shirts or otherwise inappropriate tops. Students are not allowed to wear jeans, except on published "free dress" days (usually every Friday). For more specifics, visit the Parent/Student Handbook.
Bus transportation is provided for Blanchet students in the morning and afternoon. Buses pick up students in the parking lots of the four Salem Catholic churches, and buses are available to take students back to the parish lots after school.
Bus Schedule Morning Afternoon
Queen of Peace 7:10 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
St. Edward 7:25 a.m. 4:10 p.m.
St. Vincent 7:05 a.m. 3:55 p.m.
St. Joseph* 7:25 a.m. 3:35 p.m.
St. Luke 7:05 a.m. No Return Service
Sacred Heart 7:20 a.m. No Return Service
* St. Joseph bus stops on the Chemeketa St. side of the church after school on regular school days. It stops on the Center St. side in the mornings and after school on half days.
Students are asked to be at the pick up locations five minutes prior to these departure times.