About Us

Forming the Hearts and Minds that will Transform the WorldRunning competion

The secret of education is summed up in two words: religion and reason – religion, genuine and sincere, to control one’s actions; reason, to apply moral principles to one’s activities rightly. -St. John Bosco

  • Since 2009, offering an excellent liberal arts education in the Willamette Valley
  • Strong academic preparation for college or other vocational calling
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  • Persuasive writing and eloquent speaking
  • Reading and analyzing classical literature
  • Integrating history, theology, arts, and languages
  • Fostering wonder through math and sciences
  • Sound training to prepare students to live their faith in the world in conformity with Gospel values
  • Integration of Catholic teaching in every aspect of the curriculum and activities

Our Success

Our students have been accepted at the following colleges and have received many scholarships:

  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Kansas)
  • Christendom College
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Gonzaga University
  • International Theological BishopInstitute, Austria
  • Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College
  • Thomas Aquinas College ( Santa Paula, California)
  • Thomas Moore College of Liberal Arts
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Portland
  • Willamette University

Founding Principles

  1. To establish a school where the Catholic Faith and Christian morality are taught and expected to be lived.04-S_Giovanni_Bosco-1
  2. The spirit of St. John Bosco High School includes the firm belief that God’s commandments are valid for all.
  3. The Profession of Catholic Faith, the Creed, is pledged by the teachers and staff who acknowledge the authority of the Pope Francis, the Magisterium and our local ordinary, Archbishop Alexander Sample.
  4. A curriculum which forms students in memory, understanding and will toward a truly Christian character.
  5. The introduction of the great works of Christendom and pre-Christendom to deepen each student’s Faith.
  6. The Holy Mass is the center of our sacramental life with weekly Mass attendance as part of the school week.
  7. To foster spiritual growth through the Spiritual and Corporal Works of mercy.
  8. The school is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our motto is “To Jesus through Mary” as she provides the example for our lives as our most perfect Mother.Bosco with children

It is no exaggeration to say that providing young people with a sound education in the faith represents the most urgent internal challenge facing the Catholic community in your country.”-Pope Benedict XVI to U.S. Bishops

Choose your friends and companions among the people who are known to be good; in fact, choose the best among them. As you associate with them, imitate the best in them and avoid their shortcomings; we all have those. -St. John Bosco (advice to the youth)

New Location to Better Serve our Students

St. John Bosco High School was founded in 2009 by a group of Catholic families seeking to provide a superior Fencing 14education for their children.  In 2013, St. John Bosco High School purchased the former Eldriedge School on 10327 River Road NE, Salem, Oregon near the Brooks exit off I-5. It can be also reached by going north on River Road  about 5 miles north of Keizer. The school’s driveway is next to Jones Farm Produce. Our current expanded location provides spacious classrooms, office space, a chapel, a kitchen, and a gym for indoor sports. It is located on approximately eight acres that provides wide areas for outdoor student activities and our cross-country  track team.

We were blessed to have Bishop Kenneth Steiner celebrate the first Mass at our new school.

Mission Statement

The Mission of St. John Bosco High School is to educate the whole person within a harmoniouIMG_6261s relationship of Faith and Reason, all for the glory of the Triune God. In the tradition of a distinctly Catholic and classical education we seek to ignite a passion for the truth and thereby to orient each student towards an integrated life full of joy, beauty, goodness, wisdom and crowned with charity.

When asked about the secret of his immense success with the young, St. John Bosco, simply replied: “Love.”

PRESS RELEASE: Purchase of Public SchoolIMG_9066


Salem, OR- Saint John Bosco High School has purchased the Eldriedge Elementary School from the Gervais School District. Saint John Bosco High School is a private, non-profit high school that offers Catholic classical education. The eight acre property is located at: 10327 River Rd. NE, in Salem. Although, the address is Salem, the school is located about five miles north of Keizer and about five minutes from the Brooks 263 exit off I-5. “The most significant benefits of the recent school building purchase are security and stability. Now we know we have a place. We know where we will be and can just focus on the formation of students,” said Charles Catterall who teaches at the school.

“The purchase of our current location was brought about by several events.  Angela and AnnaFirstly, the Gervais School District had decided to sell three buildings, including the facility we previously occupied.  Secondly, Saint John Bosco High School was provided funds which were for the exclusive use of purchasing a permanent facility.  Thirdly, Saint John Bosco High School wanted to establish a permanent location. Another reason for the move was that the annual payment for the school is less than what was being paid to rent our previous facility.  In addition our previous rental agreement had a clause which increased Freshman class 7our annual payment based upon the number of students attending the school.  This became a disincentive for growth in many ways,” explained Kevin Brophy who serves as a board member and is a parent of two students.

The new location is easily assessable from Interstate 5 (off the Brooks exit), but is not directly next to the I-5.  Therefore, the school serves a greater area and includes many local communities such as Albany, Salem-Keizer, Wilsonville, McMinnville, Newberg, Silverton, Mount Angel, and Woodburn to name a few.  Many of these communities do not have a high school that provides a Catholic education. Despite being near Interstate 5, the facility is far enough away from the interstate and sits well back from the connecting road to provide a country feel to it. Students have been able to go to the Jones’ Farm Produce fruit and ice cream stand after school just by walking down the school’s long driveway.  Bosco Dominic

“One of the main reasons this facility was selected over several other sites, including our previous facility, was due to the main structure having a large room which could be dedicated as a chapel.  Saint John Bosco High School wanted a chapel at the heart of the school, and the new facility has that. Our previous facility did not have a dedicated chapel, and had many other issues which did not fit into the long-term vision of the school.  The current facility also has modular buildings that can be used for future growth, it has larger classrooms, and the facility itself is in good condition,” Brophy stated.

Brophy noted that their family choose the school because of what it offered in terms of their faith. “We looked into Saint John Bosco High School after hearing from other families how wonderful the school was.  We decided to send our children there because the education has an emphasis on the whole person, emphasizing both the Catholic faith as well the classical tradition.  We were impressed with the families that attend, and attended, the school as well as the teachers and staff.”

“It is our hope that Saint John Bosco high school will continue to educate not only students, but the greater community as well.  We hope that Saint John Bosco High School will become an instrumental part of the new evangelization.” Brophy explained. “It is exciting to be in this new location. I’m looking forward to seeing how God uses this site to be a blessing to our students and the community,” said Barbara Hettwer, the school’s principal. Bosco Help of Christians

School location and mailing address: 10327 River Rd. NE, Salem, OR 97303

“As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church #2229

Please contact our office to set up an admission interview today: 503-383-7101.

St. John Bosco High School is a member of the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). The NAPCIS  accreditation association applies standards of excellence to criteria specifically selected to meet the educational quality and competence of operation of private Catholic and independent schools.Ofest

Saint John Bosco High School is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, Tax ID 93-1269364. All donations are tax deductible.

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