Eastern Mennonite School

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  • 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 100 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.

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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 AffiliationMennonite
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1917

Student Body

Total Students363 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
14%
State avg.: 24%
Students by GradeEastern Mennonite School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
30%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses5 courses
Advanced CoursesCalculus, English Literature, Molecular Biology, Statistics, World History
Average SAT score1220
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes Variable Tuition Program
% on Financial Aid
25%
Admissions DirectorMarsha Thomas

Sports

Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
SoccerTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Math Counts, Math League, National Honor Society (NHS), Over 25 Student Clubs, Robotics Club, Student Council Organization, We Serve Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Show, Chamber Choir, Drama, Junior Choir, Musical, Senior Choir, Touring Choi

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 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.

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