Western Mennonite School equips students for a life of faith and learning by providing a Christ-centered educational experience highlighted by four key distinctives: academic excellence, nurturing community, enrichment opportunities, peace building & service. We offer students the personal attention of a small school with the opportunities of a large school. Faculty and staff at WMS strive to help students realize their potential—academically, socially, and spiritually.
Western Mennonite School is fully accredited through Northwest Accreditation Commission and Mennonite Education Agency to serve grades 6 – 12. The schools beautiful 45 acre campus is located just outside of the capital city of Salem, Oregon. Click here for our virtual tour!
Students at Western are introduced to learning as a life-long process. They are offered classes that address critical areas of growth, preparing them for the next stages of their life. We provide a comprehensive academic program where students take ownership of their education and work together with faculty and staff. A high honors program is offered.
An important part of student success at Western is the nurturing atmosphere. Our community of parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends come together in support of Christ-centered education and create a unique support system for students. Their involvement is a key foundation for students to form relationships of accountability and respect, giving them a positive network on which to expand in the local and global community.
Rooted in our Mennonite faith and Anabaptist beliefs, WMS promotes an active, purposeful and compassionate lifestyle. Faculty and staff teach and model these attributes through class projects, service days, and in their year-end Mini-Term activities. These experiences provide opportunities for students to lead, serve and share their faith journey in the classroom and in the community.
During this time of their life, youth are discovering who they are and their God-given gifts. Students at WMS are encouraged to take part in out-of-class activities to explore their interests. Opportunities are offered in sports, music, drama, clubs, and leadership and service opportunities.
- Located on scenic 45 acre campus
- Hosted students from 38 countries over 65 years
- 14% of the student body are international students
- Comprehensive high school & middle school
- Established in 1945
- Enrollment of 240 students in 2012
- Student/teacher ratio of 15:1
- Fully accredited program
- College-preparation academic program
- Traditional schedule
- 25 credit minimum offered in all core departments
- Advanced classes offered in all core departments
College Attendance History
- Over 85% of graduates attend a college/university after graduation
- Colleges/universities attended after WMS include George Fox, Corban, University of Oregon, Oregon State, Cornell, Syracuse, Goshen, EMU, Seattle Art Institute, and Villanova
While our program is based in the Mennonite faith, it is not required that students be Mennonite to attend WMS. Students of all faiths and denominations who desire to study in a Christ-centered environment are welcome and encouraged to apply for admission.
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