Since 1946, we have partnered with parents to provide a high-quality, conservative Anabaptist education to children in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. We nurture, with kindness and love, every child. Our uniquely “Anabaptist” education focuses on following Jesus as the essence of Christianity. Our tagline, “Learning to Serve,” captures our desire to equip our students to use their specific gifts to build God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
It is an exciting time here at EMS! Our vision for discipling children in the way of Jesus has led to a nearly 50% increase in enrollment over the last ten years. Presently we have 296 students and we expect to grow to approximately 325 students (25 students per grade K-12). Though growth is a blessing, our children are obliged to take lessons in garden sheds, closets, and a modular building, while our teachers work in storage rooms and hallways. Our water and sewer systems are causing problems from both age and increased usage. We simply cannot continue as we are.
We explored campus expansion on our present site, but we are surrounded by Agriculture Preserve farmland. Further, we were advised by our construction company that adding onto our old building is not financially or structurally wise. Therefore, after much prayer, we began the search for another site for a new campus. In an amazing story of God’s provision, we identified twenty-eight acres of land for sale that would perfectly accompany our school and vision. We also developed a prospective site plan and building print.
The scope of our project is ambitious and we humbly acknowledge that we cannot accomplish it by ourselves. We will only succeed if we have the leadership and help of our larger community. Therefore, we are inviting you to join us in the work of building God’s Kingdom. We need your help to raise $2,000,000 by fall of 2020, so we can close our agreement on the land. After obtaining the land, we anticipate needing approximately $8,500,000 to build the school. We are hoping to complete the project by the fall of 2022.