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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.

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