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 nearly 100 years, combining an academically
challenging curriculum with a strong commitment to Christian
discipleship, peace and justice issues, service, and a global outlook.
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.
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.
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
EMS at a Glance
Located inside Harrisonburg’s northern city limits, EMS is part of a
rural and suburban community in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah
• Bus/transportation options from Bridgewater, Harrisonburg. Staunton and Waynesboro.
• Homestay arranged by the EMS Boarding Coordinator for up to 15 international students.
Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12
Certified teachers, most who hold master's degrees and are involved in
profession-related associations, leadership and hobbies.
Reading and Study Skills (RSS), Individualized Intensive Instruction
(III), and tutoring options are offered to students who need academic
SAT Averages - 2016 Mean and Score Ranges:
Reading Writing Math
552 554 597
450-620 490-620 540-670
AP and Honors Courses:
Advanced Music Statistics (AP)
Biotechnology Research Writing
Calculus (AP) World History (AP)
English Literature (AP) Molecular Biology (AP)
Algebra II Novel
Creative Writing Pre-Calculus
Environmental Science Psychology
French III/IV Spanish III, IV, V
Global Anabaptism US History
Global Christianity World Issues
Lit/Writing 9 & 10 World History
Upperclassmen may take college classes at Eastern Mennonite University or James Madison University.
• Athletics: interscholastic sports - 7 for boys, 7 for girls; 24 teams
• Drama: At least 3 productions per school year
• Music: Jr. & Sr. Choirs, Touring Choir, Strings, Winds, Jazz, Full Orchestra
• Experiential Education: Curricular-based trip enrichment program
• EMS offers limited financial aid based on family need as calculated by a third party.