Top 5 Boarding Schools in Oregon
By Susan Landis-Steward
, last updated December 22, 2011
If you are looking to send your child to boarding school in Oregon, you may find your options limited. There are fewer than a dozen academic based schools with college preparatory programs, and a few more that are therapeutic in nature. For quality college prep programs, you may want to consider Oregon Episcopal School, located just outside of Portland, Oregon's largest city, or the Delphian School located in the rural community of Sheridan, not too far from Portland. Western Mennonite School offers a college prep program as well and is located just outside the capitol of Oregon, Salem. Canyonville Christian Academy is located in Southern Oregon while the others are all in the northern part of the state.
Oregon Episcopal School
Oregon Episcopal School is a preschool through high school day school with a boarding school for students in the high school program. The school is internationally acclaimed, and although it is Episcopal in history and tradition, it honors a diversity of religions. The classes are small and challenging, with most students going on to college at top colleges and universities. Racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse, the school has students from all over the United States and abroad. This diversity is complemented by the availability of overseas experiences for all students.
The Delphian School
The Delphian School offers a college preparatory academic program with an emphasis on practical learning. It also offers an English as a Second Language program. The school offers a kindergarten through high school program and boarding students are accepted from age eight. The school was started in the 1970s by educators looking for a way to transform education by holding students to high standards of academic excellence and personal responsibility. They use Applied Scholastics methods known as Study Technology which was developed by L. Ron Hubbard.
Western Mennonite School
Western Mennonite School is a day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12 located outside Salem, the state capitol. The school is affiliated with the Mennonite Church, one of the historical peace churches. Although the curriculum is decidedly Christian in focus, the school is open to all races and creeds. Students are offered opportunities to lead and serve their communities, and there is focus on justice, peace, and stewardship. The program is also rigorous academically, although it also offers technological, practical, and fine arts courses.
Canyonville Christian Academy
In Southern Oregon, Canyonville Christian Academy provides boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12 with both a college preparatory program and an ESL curriculum. Classes are small with a student to teacher ratio of 10 to 1. It is located in the Willamette Valley within driving distance of both the University of Oregon and the Ashland Shakespearean Festival. Graduates have gone on to Stanford, Tufts, Rutgers, and many other fine colleges and universities. The school has received numerous national academic awards.
Further south in Oregon, St. Mary's in Medford offers day school for grades 6 through 12 with boarding school in grades 9 through 12. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church and serves 448 students. Students average 1777 on the SAT when preparing for college and most students go on to college. International students make up 8 percent of the student body, coming from primarily China, Korea, and Mexico. The school offers Mandarin Chinese as a language option.