Register for any of the following visits by contacting Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor, at, or call 540-236-6021.

Kindergarten Open House

Parents or guardians with children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2023 are invited to attend an Open House event:

  • Thursday, Oct. 13 from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Come see the kindergarten hands-on learning environment which emphasizes cooperation, creativity, and time outdoors. Meet kindergarten teachers and Maria Archer, K-8 principal. Learn about the admissions process.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit without their children so they can observe and ask questions freely.

The Open House will be held in the school’s elementary building from 9 to 10 a.m. with parking available in the lot marked Gym/Elementary.

Middle and High School Family Visit Days
Families with students entering middle and high school in the fall of 2023 are invited to visit on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 8:15 a.m. for middle school visitors
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17,  8:15 a.m. for middle and high school visitors
  • Mon., Jan 23, 8:15 a.m. for middle and high school visitors
  • Fri, Feb 24, 8:15 a.m. for middle and high school visitors
  • Mon, Apr 3, 8:15 a.m. for middle and high school visitors

Students and parents/guardians will come to the upper building at 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg. Guests will tour the building together and, at the tour's end, parents and students will go separate ways.

Parents will hear from school personnel about the admissions process, financial aid, and other insights from teachers. There will also be time to answer any questions. The parent visit will conclude at 9:45. Afterward, they are invited to stay for chapel if interested.

Student visitors will shadow a current EMS student for a half-day visit in their grade. They will attend classes, attend chapel, and eat lunch before departure at 12 noon.

"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.

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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.