Elkton Middle School

Home of the Elks



​Welcome! Elkton Middle School is located on US Route 33 East in Rockingham County in Elkton, Virginia. Our enrollment for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades is approximately 500 students. EMS offers its students a well-rounded curriculum and a wide array of extra-curricular opportunities.

​We invite you to visit us!


From I-81 take Exit 247A toward US Rt. 33 East. Stay on US 33 East for approximately 18 miles. Take the US 340 Exit. Turn right onto US 340. At the stop light, turn right onto Gold & Blue drive which leads directly to Elkton Middle School.

Mission Statement

​The ELKS TEAM mission is for each student to achieve excellence in Academics, Citizenship and Community Service. This mission will be accomplished by encouraging and rewarding successful

​performance in these areas.


Schools to Watch Recipient

Schools To Watch Video

Elkton Middle School has recently achieved the honor of receiving redesignation as a

​National School to Watch in Virginia.

The Schools to Watch program is an initiative launched by the National Forum in 1999 to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform which identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that certain things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools: they are academically excellent, they are developmentally responsive, they are socially equitable, and, have a sound organizational structure. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making with high expectations for all students.

VDOE School Quality Profile

Virginia’s School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public.

Our school's Quality Profile may be accessed here:

Elkton Middle School

EMS History

Elkton is a town of about 2,000 located in the northeast corner of Rockingham County, the third largest county in the State of Virginia. It serves as the center of an extensive community bound by Page County on the north, the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east, the Massanutten Range on the west, and the Merck pharmaceutical manufacturing plant and Coors on the south. It lies on both sides of the Norfolk and Western Railroad and is connected with the Southern Railroad in Harrisonburg by the Chesapeake and Western Railroad, a subsidiary of the Norfolk and Western. State Routes 340 and 33 connect north-south and east-west traffic.

Geographically, Elkton is in a beautiful location. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River flows through the town, offering visual beauty and opportunities for recreation. The Massanutten Range rises in magnificent proportions toward the west and provides breathtaking views of sunsets all year round. The majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, with the scenic Skyline Drive seven miles to the east, appear to dominate the town. The surrounding countryside is divided into farms and residential areas. The prosperity of the farms and the abundance of the private gardens attest to the fertility of the soil and the diligence of the people.

The main building that houses EMS was completed in 1957. It was designed to house grades eight through twelve. As the school population grew, grade seven was transferred from the elementary school; and a ten-room annex was erected in 1967 to accommodate academic classes. Renovations to the building were made in 2005.

Elkton Middle School was established in 1980 to serve grades six through nine. The ninth grade was moved to Spotswood High School for the 1984-85 school year. Elkton Middle School now serves grades six through eight. It is one of four schools that serve students from the Elkton area. The student population is drawn from a portion of the Stonewall Magisterial District. Students begin their education at Elkton Elementary School, McGaheysville Elementary School or River Bend Elementary School. These schools hold great interest among community institutions as evidenced by the generous support of the combined Parent-Teacher Organization. Students progress from grade eight to East Rockingham High School, Rockingham’s newest high school that opened in August 2010.