EMS at a Glance

Founded: 1917

Located inside the northern city limits for Harrisonburg, Virginia. EMS is part of a rural and suburban community in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  

•    EMES - K-5:  90
•    EMMS - 6-8:  84
•    EMHS - 9-12: 168

Day School: 
Busing options from Bridgewater, Elkton, Harrisonburg and Waynesboro/Staunton 

Boarding Students:
Homestay arranged by the a boarding coordinator for up to 15 international students.  

Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12

Certified teachers, many of whom hold advanced higher education degrees and are involved in profession-related associations, leadership and activities.

Special Services:
Learning support services and tutoring options are available.

SAT Averages - 2016 Mean and Score Ranges:      
Reading (410-620) Writing (460-590) Math (490-710)      
563 553 658      


Approximately 85% of EMHS graduates attend college upon graduation. A number of our graduating seniors opt to perform service and/or mission work immediately after high school before continuing their education, a true extension of our mission.

Eastern Mennonite School does not discriminate on the basis of any race, color, handicap, national or ethnic origin, and admits students to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

AP and Honors Courses:  
Advanced Music Statistics (AP)  
Biotechnology Research Writing  
Calculus (AP) World History (AP)  
English Literature (AP) Molecular Biology (AP)  
Optional Honors    
Algebra II Novel  
Biology Physics  
Chemistry Poetry  
Creative Writing Pre-Calculus  
Environmental Science Psychology  
Fiction Shakespeare  
French III/IV Spanish III, IV, V  
Geometry Speech  
Global Anabaptism US History  
Global Christianity World Issues  
Lit/Writing 9 & 10 World History  

College Courses: 
Upperclassmen may take college classes at Eastern Mennonite University or James Madison University.

Co-Curricular Summary:
•    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 (auditioned) Chamber Choir (auditioned), Strings, Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Full Orchestra
•    Experiential Education: Curricular-based trip enrichment program occurs each spring and every other summer.

Financial Aid: 
•    EMS's customized tuition is based on family need as calculated by a third party.  

•    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1957  
•    Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) since 2002