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Top 5 Considerations When Choosing Between Private and Public Education

March 11, 2020
By Tori Hittner

Parents have many options to choose from when looking at schools in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Deciding between a private and public school education can be one of the most difficult aspects of the process. To help with that, here are five key factors to consider when making the decision yourself.

  1. Learning Environment

Different students require different learning environments. And with a larger school environment, it becomes harder to meet the needs of each student and challenge them all appropriately. Private schools typically offer smaller class sizes, with fewer distractions and more personalized instruction. Fewer students also generally reduces the number of unsafe situations and behavioral challenges that can occur at a school.

2. Class Sizes

Fabulous teachers exist at every school—our area is blessed with some excellent educators! But it is the small class sizes at a private school that enable the creativity and expertise of our teachers to shine. When class sizes stay around 18 students (the average at Blanchet), teachers are able to offer more one-on-one instruction and truly get to know their students and their learning needs. Our alumni consistently name the relationships they developed with their teachers as one of the most valuable aspects of their Blanchet education.

3. Co-curricular Opportunities

Blanchet offers a host of co-curricular opportunities, from performing arts to outdoor clubs to championship-winning sports programs. One of the benefits of belonging to a small student population is the ability to participate in so many of these wonderful activities. With fewer students trying to fill the same limited number of spots, our students are able to try a wide range of activities throughout their Blanchet career. 

4. Academic Rigor

Like many private schools, Blanchet offers a college preparatory curriculum, tailored to bring out the best in each student. We offer a wide variety of Honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as additional on-site opportunities for college credit through partnerships with Willamette University and Chemeketa Community College. Our excellent college and career counselor, Ms. Brown, is there to answer any post-secondary questions along the way—ensuring you and your child are fully prepared and confident to meet their goals after high school.

5. Faith-Based Values

While we are a Catholic school and therefore build our curriculum and mission around Catholic beliefs and values, we embrace students of all faiths and denominations. We appreciate our ability as a private school to provide a welcoming, faith-based learning environment and a place for conversation for students of all backgrounds. We firmly believe that the values and morals we espouse as a school should echo those taught at home. We are proud to be able to foster well-rounded growth—academically, spiritually, and civically—and allow students a place to be surrounded by others with similar values and work ethics.  

Ultimately, both private and public education offer their own perks. Taking the time to explore your school options during the initial decision-making process can result in a much better, meaningful fit for your child. For those interested in learning more about a private school education in the Salem area, please feel free to schedule a visit or give us a call at (503) 391-2639.

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.