"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

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, a Family Visit Day, or schedule an in-person tour after hours. Admissions events and tours are available throughout the school year. Click INQUIRE above to complete a form and to register.

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

STEP 3:  APPLY ONLINE. Complete the online application and the FACTS tuition assistance application if you want to be considered for eligibility for needs-based assistance.

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

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.

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:


  • 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

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 or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.