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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 the 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.

Relationships between student and teacher. Relationships between peers. Relationships with one’s self.

At a Glance

  • Neighborhood campus in the heart of the 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 a place-based, outdoor education
  • Student-teacher ratio of 10:1
  • Parents and teachers serve 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


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"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

kids jumping in a mud puddle