Why Good Shepherd?
Nestled off of Forest Hill Avenue on Richmond’s Southside a few blocks from South of the James Farmer’s Market, Good Shepherd Episcopal School (GSES) has been welcoming students with a neighborhood feel for more than 50 years. We are committed to being an open learning environment with intimate classes that typically have 10-12 students. Accredited by Virginia Association of Independent Schools and a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education, our teachers are dedicated to developing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a lifelong love of learning. It’s within these cozy classes, up and down the halls, and throughout our neighborhood exploration that relationships are built.
At a Glance
- Neighborhood campus in the heart of Forest Hill Historic District
- PK-8, co-educational, family-like atmosphere
- Ideal setting at the corner of the James River and Forest Hill Park for place-based, outdoor education
- Student-teacher ratio of 10:1
- Parents and teachers as partners and allies
- Positive reinforcement in a developmental, growth-based curriculum
- Socio-economic, religious, and racial diversity is a core strength
- Testing is diagnostic and low-pressure
- High school preparatory curriculum includes Spanish, technology, public speaking, comparative religion, and the arts
- Community service is integrated into school life
- Enrichment activities include Girl Scouts, mountain biking, soccer, cooking, and yoga, with new activities added regularly
- Academic Enrichment provides every student with opportunities for in-depth learning or remediation as needed
"In this environment, our daughter has thrived and grown into an incredible little person. She has developed such a BIG appreciation for her community and the environment because of the holistic education at Good Shepherd."
- Alexis Thompson, Lower School Parent