Excellent Academics

At EMS, our academic experience  connects with, challenges, and nurtures the whole student... and all students.

In our smaller class environment where we are not bound by state-mandated Standards of Learning, we get to know each child individually. Each student has a unique schedule of coursework that meets core requirements, provides opportunities to develop personal interests, and prepares them for the future, whether that is top tier college study, a gap year of service and learning, trade school or entering the work force. 


Gifted Behaviors

Within our "Gifted Behaviors" framework we challenge each student to develop and practice a range of behaviors, skills and traits which forms the groundwork for effective life-long use of those gifts and abilities.

Gifted behaviors are critical life skills that include:

  • the ability to clarify conditions of right and wrong;
  • the ability to organize and follow through;
  • persistence;
  • expanded vocabulary;
  • a voracious appetite for reading;
  • strong thinking and reasoning ability;
  • insight;
  • the ability to manage impulsivity;
  • adeptness in relationships and a confident sense of self and the future.

Gifted behaviors can be encouraged, modeled and taught to all students regardless of their academic accomplishments. EMS students are challenged with a range of options in assignments and projects thath require them to use gifted behaviors in building new knowledge structures.

Faith and Values

In addition to developing gifted behaviors, we encourage students to develop a wide range of interests. Through field trips, clubs, experiential learning, athletics and co-curricular courses students learn to display compassion, courage, commitment, unselfishness, patience and self-control. These values fit with our faith perspective, which is core to school activities and curriculm.

Elementary students participate in:

  • weekly community "Gathering;" 
  • Bible classes;
  • peacebuilding classes.

Middle and high school students participate in:

  • 6-12th grade chapel gathering four times per week,
  • semi-annual Spiritual Renewal Week,
  • community service day,
  • small group Bible studies,
  • weekly multi-grade support and social gatherings called Neighbor Groups.

Through these activities and classroom discussion, we encourage students to follow Christ's example, and be active in their family's community of faith and the EMS community. In study, worship or play, we challenge students to apply biblical standards to life's decisions.

As a culminating activity, students in the spring of their senior year prepare a senior presentation as part of the required Kingdom Living class. Through this presentation, they  reflect on their spiritual, academic, and emotional development through their school years.


Learn more about our academic program in our Academic Handbook. If you have questions about curriculum, please contact Patsy Seitz, director of academics by email or phone: 540-236-6003.