About Ephrata Mennonite School

Welcome to Ephrata Mennonite School (EMS), a K-12 school of 280 students. For nearly 75 years, EMS has partnered with parents to offer a high-quality Christian education to students in northern Lancaster County and surrounding areas. We seek to nurture and value the whole child, developing their character and mentoring their spirit, with kindness and love. All of our students will study the Bible and be discipled in the way of Jesus.

We are fully accredited through the Middle States Association accrediting agency. Our K-12 academic program of nationally recognized curriculum includes Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Saxon Math, Bob Jones University Press Reading, Barton Tutoring, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for our upper level students. All of our students in grades 2-12 receive instruction in Spanish every year. 

Our dedicated faculty bring many years of teaching experience to the classroom and are trained in the Danielson Framework for Teaching. We willingly take on the responsibility for student learning. We use high quality assessments to regularly measure student progress to insure that all students are learning. For students that need additional support, we have a Learning Support team that designs individual strategies to meet their specific needs. We also partner with the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 Reading & Math Support and Speech Therapy services.

Our tagline, Learning to Serve, is a key part of who we are. From the outset we believe that students should be taught the joy of serving others and living like Jesus. Even in the early grades our students participate in service projects around the community, and in the upper grades the students themselves organize multiple service projects per year in local nursing homes and other charitable organizations.

Our school community is held together by a network of caring families, volunteers, dedicated staff and a hard-working School Board.

Ephrata Mennonite School partners with parents and churches to challenge students to become Citizens of the Kingdom of God, who are Lifelong Learners and Team Players, through Diligent Work and Academic Excellence.