Looking for a Christ-centered education for your student?
We've been equipping students for a life of faith and learning since 1945. Western Mennonite School is located on a beautiful 45 acre campus just 9 miles north of West Salem and about 15 miles from McMinnville.
Now Enrolling Grades 6-12
Give us a call at 503-363-2000
The mission of Western Mennonite School is to equip students for a life of faith and learning by providing a Christ-centered educational experience highlighted by four key distinctions: academic excellence, nurturing community, peace and service, and enrichment opportunities.
"Our son loves attending. In fact he hates it when he's sick and has to stay home."
"I found a family there, an acceptance, a community I love to this day. Through Bible classes, chapels, and informal conversations with my teachers and friends, I also truly learned what it meant to be a Christ follower. ... It’s heartwarming to see the love and active care the students have for each other. The faculty and staff care for the students more than they know, and I’ve felt my students’ love and support in return. I’ve felt blessed that I’ve been able to send both of my sons to Western."
Alumnus, Teacher, Parent
We love that our kids have been able to attend Western as 3rd generation Pioneers, and are so thankful for the teachers, staff, and community that make is such a wonderful place. Thank you for all you do."
Alumnus, Parent, Former Soccer Coach
We believe in the lordship and saving grace of Jesus Christ. We yearn to grow more like Christ. We believe in the Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that it is the authority for our faith and practice.
The Mennonite Church came out of the Protestant Reformation. One of the founders’ convictions was that believers should be baptized as adults and not as infants. Therefore, people were re-baptized when they became part of the church. They were called Anabaptists because the term means “re-baptizers.” They were named “Mennonites” after Menno Simons, a former Roman Catholic priest who aligned himself with the Anabaptists in 1536. The name stuck and after 500 years we are still known as Mennonites.
Many people who ask about Mennonites have in mind the Amish or “Old Order Mennonites.” Mennonites and Amish come from the same Anabaptist tradition begun in the 16th Century but there are differences in how we live out our Christian values. The distinctiveness of the Amish is in their separation from the society around them. They generally shun modern technology, keep out of political and secular involvements, and dress plainly.
No. We welcome students from a variety of faith backgrounds and traditions. About 10% of the current student body attend a Mennonite church.