We limit class sizes to ensure the best experience possible for out studnets. Class sizes depend on the grade. K-2 enrollment is limited to 15 students per class. Grades 3-5 are capped at 18 per class. 6th grade will have 18 or fewer per section, while 7th and 8th grade is typically 20 or fewer. There are usually 40-50 students in each high school grade.
Yes, please do! Parents are welcome to visit EMS classes to see our mission in action. Middle and High school tudents who want to learn more about EMS are invited to visit on a school day. A current student from your grade will be your host during the school day/lunch. For elementary families, we request that parents visit first to minimize confusionfor younger children. Please arrange a visit ahead of time by calling our Admissions Counselor at 540-236-6021 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. The classes required for an EMS high school diploma are based on Virginia department of education standards, but our students are not required to take the statewide SOL tests in grades K-12. This allows EMS teachers freedom and creativity in the classroom so that energies may be directed to the art of teaching students and inspiring critical thinkers. Our teachers focus on instilling problem solving and essential life skills to best prepare students for life in and out of the classroom, instead of simply preparing them for a test. We do offer standardized testing as various grade levels, but more for our own accountability and assessment rather than state mandated requirements.
EMS graduates are strong applicants to competitive colleges, community colleges and trade programs. About 90 percent of graduates choose to go directly an insitute of higher learning. However, it is important to take into consideration that many of our graduating Seniors choose to take a gap year and do mission or service work immediately after high school before continuing their education. We are proud that many EMS Seniors consider options for the greater good as they leave Eastern Mennonite School.
Yes. We are a Christian school, and students are required to take one semester of Bible class for every year that they are at EMS. We enjoy and celebrate a diverse student body at EMS with varied faith backgrounds in every grade. Students are encouraged to share their faith perspectives and how they relate to the Mennonite/Anabaptist principles on which EMS is founded.
Yes. In grades 6-12 students and faculty gather four days a week for a 15 minute Chapel. Chapel is planned by a group of students and has a variety of speakers and presentations. On Tuesdays, Middle and High school students and faculty gather in small intentional gatherings of 8-10 students and 1 faculty member called "Neighbor Groups."
In grades K-5, students attend a Wedenesday chapel program called Gathering which includes speakers from local churches and organizations.
Families are encouraged to attend Chapel and Gathering and worship with us!
EMS has tutoring support services available for students, as well as other support services that are in place to meet students’ needs. All teachers work hard to provide accommodations and support for all of our students, including those with IEPs. EMS is not, however, able to provide services for students with more significant challenges. We would be happy to discuss options with you.
EMS is able to award limited financial aid based on need. Applications for financial aid may be completed online from FACTS and must be completed by March 15. All funds for financial aid come from donations to EMS from alumni, parents, churches, and friends of the school, so therefore the amount of aid awarded may vary from year to year.
We welcome students from all faith backgrounds. Around half of EMS students attend a Mennonite Church, and the other half come from a variety of other denominations and faith traditions, Christian and non-Christian. EMS is sponsored by the Virginia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA and is financially supported by many other Christian churches as well.