Applying to EMS

Step 1 - Visit.


A campus visit to EMS is the best way to experience the culture of our school, to share your hopes for your student, and to learn about what we do differently. We consider a visit the first step in the admissions process so that you can determine if EMS is a good fit for your family. We host admissions events throughout the year and individual tours upon request. When registering for an event or a tour, please let us know if you have any special requests for your visit.


Step 2 - Apply.


You’ll find the easiest way to apply to EMS is using our online application system. You'll find 4 online applications:

  • Kindergarten application

  • Grades 1-5 application.

  • Grades 6-12 application.

  • International application (click here for more information).

See Dates to Remember below for admission timelines.    


Please note supporting documents are required for different applications. They include:  

  • 2-3 references, depending on the grade level.

  • School transcripts from student’s current school or copies of homeschool work and testing. You may also use this form to authorize your student’s current primary or secondary school to share his/her school transcripts with EMS.  

  • Other documents such as writing samples, immunization schedules, copies of birth certificates and passports. 

After the application is submitted, you may want to contact your student’s references to ensure they have received the emailed reference form and that they can complete their reference in a timely manner.   


Once EMS has received the application and all supporting documents, the admission file is complete. It will then be reviewed by our admissions committee and our admissions counselor will contact you with further information regarding enrollment. Occasionally, we may request additional information or may schedule a meeting with families during the admission phase.



Step 3 - Submit a FACTS Financial Aid Application, if desired.


Approximately one quarter of EMS families receive a reduction in tuition thanks to our financial aid program. We partner with FACTS, an online financial aid application and eligibility system, to help determine eligibility for aid. To qualify for financial aid, mulitple factors are used to determine eligiblity and the application must be received by EMS by March 15. See Dates to Remember for more information.  


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.



Dates to Remember in the Admissions Process




November 1 - February 15: Early application period

  • $50 application fee is waived for domestic applications.

  • Best time to secure your student’s space in EMS.

  • Quick admission decision after receiving all admission documents.

  • Financial Aid application is prioritized.


February 15 - April 30:  Regular application period

  • Application fee of $50 for domestic applications.

  • Notification within 4-6 weeks of receiving all admission documents.

  • Financial Aid application is due March 15 in order to be guaranteed financial aid provided your family meets eligibility guidelines. Applications received after this date will be considered as funds are available.


May 1 - Summer:  Summer application period

  • Application fee of $50.

  • Applications remain open; admissions process is often delayed.

  • Admission is offered beginning June 15, as space allows.

  • Financial aid application will be considered if funds are available.


Click here to begin the Admissions Application


Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at 540-236-6021 or for more information about these application periods.





February 1 - March 15: Early financial aid application period

  • Financial aid application is prioritized.

  • Aid is guaranteed provided eligibility guidelines are met.


March 16 - April 30: Late financial aid application period

  • Applications will be considered by the date they are received.

  • Financial aid will be awarded to eligible families as funds are available.


April 1: Financial Aid awards are sent to eligible families

  • Aid will continue to be awarded as long as funds are available.


May 1 - Summer: Summer financial aid application period

  • Applications will be considered if funds are available.


Click here to begin the FACTS Financial Aid Application


Questions? Contact our Admissions Office for more details at 540-236-6021 or