Admissions

EMS during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols, the school is welcoming visitors after hours, conducting virtual admissions events, and planning for additional opportunities to visit in the spring.  For more information, contact Marsha Thomas, Admissions Counselor, at admissions@easternmennonite.org or 540-236-6021.  Applications for 2021-22 will open November 2, 2020. 

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.

STEP 1: VISIT. Register to take part in a virtual event, or schedule an in-person tour after hours. Click VISIT above.

STEP 2: REVIEW TUITION. We work with each family to make an EMS education affordable. Review our  tuition model and complete the FACTS tuition assistance application when it is available (see STEP 3).

STEP 3: APPLY ONLINE. Complete the online application and the FACTS tuition assistance application if you have determined (step 2) that is appropriate for your situation.

STEP 4: ENROLL. Once your student has been admitted to EMS and you have received your family’s tuition information, finalize enrollment using our PowerSchool enrollment form. Directions will be emailed to you. A $350 non-refundable general fee is due upon enrollment.

Dates to Remember

  • Nov. 1:  Admissions applications open.
  • Nov. 1 - Feb. 15:  $0 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 including payment of $350 non-refundable student general fee

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
  • Use this form to authorize your student’s current primary school to share records with EMS

Grades 6-12

  • Online application
  • Preschool teacher reference
  • Personal reference
  • Pastor/spiritual reference (optional)
  • Copies of school records or homeschool work
  • Use this form to authorize your student’s current secondary school to share records with EMS

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).

After you submit the application and accompanying documents, please contact your student’s references to ensure they have received an emailed reference form from the school. Ask them to complete these electronic forms as soon as possible.

The admission file is complete when the school has received the application and all supportng documents. 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.