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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

Questions?

  Give us a call at 503-363-2000


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Our Mission

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.

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Christ-Centered

  • Teach the Bible as the inspired word of God
  • Encourage, mentor, and disciple students to develop a personal relationship with Christ, recognizing the presence of the Spirit in daily life.
  • Invite students to examine the centrality of Christ’s teaching in all aspects of life.
  • Model and teach the way of Christ in dealing with life issues, conflicts, and reconciliation.

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Academic Excellence

  • Prepare for a lifetime of learning by challenging students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Commit to help each student reach individual academic goals through offering modifications and individual help as needed.
  • Offer a broad program of college/university preparatory, technological, practical arts, and fine arts courses.
  • Promote the value and contributions of all peoples and cultures.

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Nurturing Community

  • Provide a holistic education focusing on the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical development and wellness of each student.
  • Honor a diverse school community by actively pursuing an anti-racist identity.
  • Promote and mentor students in developing a Christian life of gratitude, service, peacemaking, justice, and stewardship.
  • Encourage active participation within the school, church, and global community by helping students to form relationships of accountability and respect.

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Peace and Service

  • Provide experiences for students to lead, serve, and share their faith journey within the school, church, and global community.
  • Teach and model an active, purposeful lifestyle of concern and justice for all people.
  • Promote an awareness and understanding of God’s creation by focusing on the care and stewardship of the earth.
  • Assist students to identify and develop personal spiritual gifts and abilities.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Provide various experiences for students to develop gifts and interests in athletics, art, drama, and music.
  • Offer off-campus educational and exploratory experiences.
  • Encourage development of life-long relationships among students and faculty/staff through worship, weekly small groups, and other experiences.
  • Establish connections to broader church institutions and agencies.

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What Others Are Saying

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"The community here is outstanding"

"Our son loves attending. In fact he hates it when he's sick and has to stay home."

Royce Trammel
Parent

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"It is worth it"

"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."


Diana Blackstone-Helt, 
Alumnus, Teacher, Parent

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"Our family has been blessed tremendously by Western Mennonite School"

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."

Tim Fahndrich
Alumnus, Parent, Former Soccer Coach

What is a Mennonite?

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.

What a Mennonite is not ...

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.

Do you have to be Mennonite to attend Western? 

No. We welcome students from a variety of faith backgrounds and traditions. About 10% of the current student body attend a Mennonite church.  

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