Eastern Mennonite School

Tel: (540)236-6021
Grades: K-12 | 395 students
The EMS Student Ambassadors welcome you to our school!
The EMS Student Ambassadors welcome you to our school!
Our mission: Eastern Mennonite School joins home and church in calling students to faith in Jesus Christ, academic excellence, personal integrity, and compassionate service in the world.
Our educational philosophy: EMS has served Harrisonburg and the surrounding counties for over 95 years, combining an academically challenging curriculum with a strong commitment to Christian discipleship, peace and justice issues, service, and a global outlook.The K-12 curriculum is designed to foster reading, research, writing and presentation skills that grow student curiosity, creative and insightful thinking, organizational strategies and a moral social conscience.
A strong college preparatory track includes honors, Advanced Placement, and other advanced courses.
Regular activities are also designed to help students grow spiritually as well as intellectually.
In study, worship, and play, students are challenged to integrate faith with life -- to learn and apply Biblical standards to life's decisions. A participatory-based co-curricular program at the elementary level encourages exploration of athletics and other interests.
Secondary students further refine skills and confidence in performance through a music program, including a choir which tours internationally, drama and musical theater, service opportunities, a wide variety of clubs, and competitive athletics.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious Affiliation Mennonite
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded 1917

Student Body

Total Students 395 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Eastern Mennonite School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses 5 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Calculus, English Literature, Molecular Biology, Statistics, World History
Average SAT score 1700
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Financial aid available
Admissions Director Kate Bergey


Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Over 25 Student Clubs, Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Touring Choir, Chamber Choir, Musical, Drama, Art Show, Student Council Organization, Math Counts, TSA, Math League Over 25 Student Clubs,
Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Touring Choir, Chamber Choir, Musical, Drama, Art Show,
Student Council Organization, Math Counts, TSA, Math League,

School Notes:

  • Eastern Mennonite School is a K-12 private school that is: Academically challenging – Our intentionally designed curriculum and instruction is based on understandings from brain-research and modified to meet the educational needs of every enrolled student. Four diploma options are available to ensure student success at every level. Christ centered – We are respectful of one another’s church traditions while nurturing Christian ethics as best practices for humanity as based on the example and teachings of Jesus. Community committed – Faculty, staff and parents work together to provide a safe place of acceptance, belonging and care for each student and one another. Students have the opportunity to engage in 19 interscholastic sports, over 30 co-curricular club offerings and a wide variety of fine and performing arts options. Peace builders – Together, we actively seeking to build positive relationships between all peoples through creative, respectful and nonviolent means. Globally-minded – Through curricular, experiential and travel opportunities, we grow student awareness in the complexities of the world, heighten sensitivity to the needs of the less fortunate, and express appreciation for the multitude of blessings we experience in the United States. Service engaged – Based on Jesus’ teaching toward others, we encourage student volunteerism, sharing of talent, and giving of resources within local, national and world communities.

Profile last updated: 05/28/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Shenandoah Academy (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Emu Early Learning Center (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Emu Early Learning Center (0.2 miles away)
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  • Harrisonburg
    Emu Early Learning Center
    Daycare / Preschool (Mennonite)
    Grades: PK-K | 28 students
    0.2 miles
    1200 Park Rd
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  • Harrisonburg
    Grades: NS-K | 60 students
    0.2 miles
    1301 Virginia Avenue
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  • Harrisonburg
    Shenandoah Academy
    Special Education School
    Grades: 2-12 | 33 students
    0.4 miles
    1000 Chicago Ave
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  • Harrisonburg
    Minnick Schools - Harrisonburg
    Special Education School
    Grades: K-8 | 43 students
    1 miles
    779 Massanutten Ave Ste A
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802
  • Harrisonburg
    Grades: KG-8 | 62 students
    1.5 miles
    Po Box 737
    Harrisonburg, VA 22803

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