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Equipping students for a life of faith & learning

Western Mennonite School
Equipping students for a life of faith & learning

Mission Statement


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.

Academic Excellence

  • Teach the Bible as the inspired word of God, upholding an Anabaptist interpretation
  • Offer college/university preparatory, technological, practical arts, and fine arts courses
  • 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
  • Promote the value and contributions of all peoples and cultures in the classroom

Nurturing Community

  • Provide a holistic education focusing on the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical development and wellness of each student
  • Encourage, mentor, and disciple students to develop a personal relationship with Christ, recognizing the presence of the Spirit in daily life exemplified through gratitude, service, and stewardship
  • Encourage active participation within the school, church, and global community by helping students and families to form relationships of accountability and respect within our diverse community

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Provide opportunities 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 community activities
  • Establish connections to broader church institutions and agencies

Peace Building & Service

  • Model and teach the way of Christ in dealing with life issues, conflicts, and reconciliation
  • Provide opportunities for students to lead, serve, and share their faith journey within the school, church, and global community
  • Assist students in identifying and developing personal spiritual gifts and abilities
  • Promote an awareness and understanding of God’s creation by focusing on the care and stewardship of the earth

WMS is a member of Mennonite Schools Council (MSC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and is accredited through AdvancED and the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA).

Adopted: 5/23/2002
Revised: 3/30/2016



While there is diversity among our Board, faculty, and staff in non‑essential matters, the essential, core beliefs of the Christian faith that the Board, faculty, and staff affirm are as follows:

  • There is One God who exists eternally as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit | Mark 12:29; Matt 28:18-19
  • The full humanity and full deity of Jesus Christ | John 1:1-2; Phil 2:5-8 
  • The Bible in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is inspired by God and is inerrant in its original documents, fully reliable, trustworthy, and authoritative as our guide to faith and practice | 2 Tim 3:16
  • The spiritual lostness of humanity | Rom 3:10-19; Eph 2:1-3
  • The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ | Is 53:4-5; 1 Cor 15:3-4
  • Salvation is by grace alone through faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ | Acts 4:12; Eph 2:8-9
  • We find salvation when we turn to God in sorrow for our sins and He forgives us, cleanses us spiritually, and adopts us into the family of His children | Acts 2:37-39; Heb 10:11-18; 1 John 3:1
  • The bodily return of Jesus Christ | 1 Thess 4:13-18

Western welcomes students from all backgrounds and therefore students and families are not required to profess Christianity. However, everyone is expected to respect our faith commitments and to listen respectfully as these commitments are presented as part of Western’s curriculum and other programs. Because the Bible is our guide to faith and practice, we go to the Bible to guide us in deciding the many issues that are presented to us. These decisions are reflected in our Board Policies, Faculty & Staff Handbook, Student Handbook, and other places.

Board Adoption: May 2017