Admissions

Applications are still welcome for grades 6-12 for the 2022-23 school year. We have open spots in grades 8-12 and wait list opportunities for grades 6 and 7. The wait list for  K-5 is full for this year, but please complete an inquiry form so we can stay in contact and tell you about next steps!

International student inquiries click here.

We welcome students at any grade level — kindergarten through grade 12 — to our experiential education with an emphasis on the arts in a caring community of faith. We embrace students with a wide range of interests and skill levels.

"We love the global perspective, and the desire to work with and understand the perspective of others. We love the emphasis on community and communication within the school and the many varied opportunities to work with students of all ages. We love the priority placed on individual/self-directed learning, outdoor experiences, creativity/fine arts, and tangible leadership opportunities for even the youngest students."      —EMS Parent

STEP 1:  VISIT. Register for an Open House or a Family Visit Day (dates here), or schedule an individual tour after hours. Admissions events and tours are available throughout the school year. Complete an inquiry form to indicate interest and to register.

STEP 2:  REVIEW TUITION. We work with each family to make an EMS education affordable. Review our tuition page and talk with admissions and business office personnel about affordability (see STEP 3).

STEP 3:  APPLY ONLINE. Complete the online application after Nov. 1 and work through the admissions checklist (your inquiry prior to Nov. 1 puts you in the system in order of submission). Complete the FACTS tuition assistance application if you would like to be considered for needs-based assistance between February 1 and March 15,

While we are no longer able to accept applications for Kindergarten through grade 5 for fall of 2022, we invite you to complete the inquiry form so we can inform you of openings as we plan for future enrollment. Registering your interest provides valuable information as we consider growth opportunities as a school.

STEP 4:  ENROLL. In April, after completing the admissions process, finalize enrollment using our online enrollment system. A $350 non-refundable general fee is due upon enrollment.

Beyond 2022-2023

Parents who are thinking of admissions in later school years:  The admissions application opens in November for the upcoming school year only. To be notified of future admissions events and application openings, please complete an inquiry form so that we can stay in touch.

Important Dates

  • Nov. 1:  Application process for the coming year opens.
  • Nov. 1 - Feb. 15:  No application fee!
  • Feb. 16 - summer:  $50 application fee
  • March 15:  FACTS tuition assistance application due. $35 processing fee.
  • April 1 - 30:  Enrollment for new students for the coming year; includes $350 non-refundable student general fee to secure spot.

Documents required for admissions:

Kindergarten

  • Online application
  • Preschool teacher reference
  • Personal reference
  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization schedule
  • (Virginia School Entrance Health form - submitted before the start of the school year)

Grades 1-5

  • Online application
  • Current teacher reference
  • Personal reference
  • Copies of school records or homeschool work

Grades 6-12

  • Online application
  • Current teacher reference
  • Personal reference
  • Pastor/spiritual reference (optional)
  • Copies of school records or homeschool work
  • Two handwritten essays

Homeschooled students: In addition to the documents above, homeschooled students entering school for the first time must provide a copy of student’s immunization schedule and Virginia School Entrance Health form (submitted before the start of the school year).

EMS has made admissions easy and convenient! After the application form has been submitted, parents/guardians will follow a checklist to complete the remaining items for the student's admission file. Your help is necessary to complete the process quickly — and the admissions office is ready to guide you and to answer your questions during the process!

The admission file is complete when the school has received the application and all checklist items. We will review it and contact you with questions. Occasionally, we may request additional information or may schedule a meeting with families during the admission phase.

EMS welcomes students who require learning support and offers the services of a Learning Support Services Coordinator. Services offered are made possible through IDEA and Title II funding. The range of services provided depends on the needs of the individual student and the school's resources.

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

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the school’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policyAndrea Wenger, Director of Advancement. 

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.