Celebrate with us!

A steady downpour didn’t dampen School Day Out at Highland Retreat for grades 9-12, a time of building friendships to launch the new year.

Eastern Mennonite School welcomed 354 students this fall, up 11 students from the previous year with 94 students in K-5, 100 students in middle school and 160 in high school.

“We are thrilled with the high energy and growing diversity of our student body, faculty and staff,” says Paul Leaman, head of school. “Our vision is to be a school where every student thrives and belongs,” he continues. “We are working hard to fulfill that vision and welcome each person and the unique story they bring.”

This year’s students come from a wide range of communities with addresses from Bergton to Waynesboro.

Two out-of-state students came from Illinois and Michigan and eight international students came from Nigeria, South Korea, China and South Africa to live in local homes.

Faith traditions represented include Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Church of the Brethren, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Evangelical, Judaism, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Muslim, Nazarene, Seventh Day Adventist and United Methodist.

“What a diverse community of learners we are,” concludes Leaman. “Celebrate with us!”

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