Thank you for visiting Eastern Mennonite School’s website! On these pages you'll get a glimpse of our school. However, to truly experience EMS, we invite you to visit our campus to experience how we engage in study, discussion, experiential learning, critical thinking and relationship building, all within the framework of an historic peace church. You will be inspired by our active learning environment where our mission of faith, academic excellence, personal integrity and compassionate service is woven into every part of our school.


Founded in 1917 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, EMS has a century-long tradition of educating students. The school aligns with the Mennonite Church's values of following the ways of Jesus, working for peace and reconciliation, living in community, and practicing simplicity and service to others. Our school is rich in history yet unique in the area in its approach to education. Every student is valued as an individual, our classrooms are places of inquiry and deep learning, and our curriculum provides opportunities for students to practice their knowledge and skills from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Finally, our small classes allow our faculty to recognize different learning styles, use apprpriate teaching strategies, encourage positive behaviors, and truly mentor and celebrate every student. 


Please check our website often for the latest EMS happenings! We are excited to be preparing for our Centennial celebration during the 2017-18 school year. We are also planning for our next one hundred years of Mennonite education in Harrisonburg as we move our elementary campus to Parkwood Drive, combining our three school divisions in one convenient location. Follow our progress as we prepare for our future K-12 campus!


I am grateful to work at one of the oldest private schools in the Harrisonburg area and am excited to welcome your family to explore Eastern Mennonite School!


Marsha Thomas

Admissions Counselor





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.