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At Good Shepherd Episcopal School, we are committed to inspiring our students to live lives of purpose and unlock their potential to be great world citizens. While many opportunities exist in the classroom, our extracurricular programs allow for many other avenues for our students to grow outside of academic subjects.

Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, and other subjects across the curriculum. The Outdoor Education Program seeks to instill an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world through place-based education, outdoor exploration, and environmental stewardship. Additionally, co-curricular enrichment classes are an important hallmark of our school. These classes include computer science and technology, physical education, Spanish, and chapel.

We also offer an Extended Day Program in the mornings and afternoons. EDP creates a welcoming and safe environment for students to have a fun and enriching after-school experience. Our staff works closely with classroom teachers and administrators to ensure that Good Shepherd’s values are visible in the Extended Day Program. 

Good Shepherd students may participate in team sports, which focus on character development, teamwork, commitment, hard work, and excellence. Participation in team sports teaches positive lessons of perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for one’s opponent, respect for the rules, and the ability to win and lose with grace. The most important measurements of the success of any team sport include students having a positive experience, developing skills and knowledge of the game, experiencing team unity, gaining a strong work ethic, and affirming a sense of pride. 

Students learning about architecture on a bridge over the James River