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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.

What to Expect at the 2020 Open House

February 27, 2020
By Tori Hittner

Attending Blanchet means being part of a family--and we’re always looking to invite new members! On Sunday, March 15, we’ll be opening our doors from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for our annual Open House. We welcome interested families and community members to drop in throughout the event, although we recommend arriving by 2:15 if you want to catch everything! Read on to see what to expect at this year’s Open House. 

Get Acquainted

Upon arrival, please check in at the registration table. We’ll have administrators on hand to welcome you to campus, and learn a little more about you and your prospective student, as well. From there, you’ll be invited to watch a short introductory video and (if you arrive toward the beginning of the event) listen to a testimonial from a current parent.

Meet Staff and Students

The Lee Student Center will be your epicenter for information. Our teachers, administrators, coaches, and club advisors will be available at individual tables to answer your questions and showcase class materials and club projects. We organize the room by subject area, making it easy for you to speak with teachers of the same department and see how the transition process works from course to course and year to year. 

In addition to academic information, the Student Center also serves as an excellent spot to learn more about the co-curricular opportunities Blanchet offers. You’ll have the chance to chat with current students involved in various activities, from athletics to the arts. One of the best assets of a Blanchet education is the well-rounded, co-curricular experience we offer students; the Open House provides the perfect place to discover opportunities your son or daughter could take advantage of and enjoy.

Take a Campus Tour

Tours will be leaving from the Student Center every 20-30 minutes, so join one whenever you wish. Each tour will be led by a faculty or staff member, as well as a student ambassador. You’ll be able to walk around the whole campus, from the new field and weight room to our science building. We invite you to ask questions of your tour guides as they come up throughout your walk; our students and staff are excellent resources for information.

The student store will also be open and handing out swag, so make sure you pop by to get properly geared up to be a Cavalier!

Experience Classroom Demonstrations

While on your tour, you’ll visit key creative spaces like the art room, theater, and MakerSpace. At these locations, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a few of the opportunities available to Blanchet students firsthand: enjoy a scene from our high school spring drama production; view a variety of student art mediums and installations; and watch demonstrations from our Science Olympiad team. 

Get Administrative Questions Answered

We understand you’ll probably have lingering questions at the end of the day, and our administrative staff will be there to help! Both admissions and financial aid tables will be set up in the Student Center, and our CFO, Principal, President, and Director of Admissions will be there to provide any further information on tuition assistance and the enrollment process you may request. 

We often have families who are ready to join the Cavalier community that afternoon. Should you be ready to begin your application at Open House, our administrators will have tablets readily available, and they can walk you through the process.

So, are you ready? It’s time to discover what Blanchet could mean to you. We look forward to seeing you at Open House and are excited to welcome your family onto campus!