Update for the 2022-23 school year: We are grateful for the strong interest in our school. Unfortunately, our wait pool is full for kindergarten through grade 5, so we are no longer accepting applications for those grades.  Please do complete our inquiry form so we can update on you future openings.

Plan your visit!

Complete an inquiry form to register for these events. Call or email Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor, for more information:  540-236-6021;

VIRTUAL:  Thursday morning Coffee Chats on Zoom with Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor. Join from home or office to learn more about EMS, ask questions, and meet other prospective parents. A teacher, principal, or student may join us, too! Thursday mornings at 9AM throughout the year.

  • High School:  Thursdays —  Apr. 28.  9AM on Zoom.

IN-PERSON:  Family Visit Days* Parents/guardians are invited to tour and learn more while your student spends some time in classrooms shadowing an EMS student with similar interests. 8:15 to 10 a.m.

  • Middle and high school:
    • Friday, April 8
    • Tuesday, May 3

*If one of these dates does not suit your family, complete an inquiry form to request a private TOUR.



  • Join us for a virtual FACTS Application Kick-Starter.
  • Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
  • An opportunity for parents of admitted students to learn about the tuition assistance application and award process.

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.

"I LOVE what EMS provides for our children. Caring, community, connection, and prioritizing children’s well-being." — October 2021 Facebook post by a mother of children in elementary, middle and high school at EMS.

"Our son has attended EMS since kindergarten and we couldn't imagine a better learning or athletic environment for him. When it came time for our granddaughter to start kindergarten, EMS wasn't only our first choice, it was our only choice."  —Robin, 12th grade parent. 

"Hannah has enjoyed the outdoor play areas at EMS. She comes home telling us about the forts they made, berry soup, and playing in the streams. Her love for nature and class time outside is one of the highlights of her day."  —Ramona, '94 alum and 4th grade parent.

"My kids are so happy to be attending EMS! They love being able to be with their friends. It makes a big difference for them to have interactive learning which gives them a sense of community and support." —Melinda, 6th and 9th grade parent.


Marsha Thomas
Marsha Thomas
Science teacher Sarah Mitch with eighth grade students measuring volume and weight of materials gathered in the playground.

Learn more... 

Schedule a private tour of our campus!

Complete an inquiry form to choose a time or contact the Admissions Office at or 540-236-6021.

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.