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 the last 47 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 National Association of Independent Schools, 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 Forest Hill Historic District
  • K-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 8:1
  • 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, computer science, public speaking, comparative religion, and the arts
  • Community service is integrated into school life
  • Enrichment activities include National Junior Honor Society, Lego Robotics, interscholastic sports, mountain biking, chess club, and mixed martial arts
  • Instructional Support and Enrichment provides every student with opportunities for in-depth learning or remediation as needed
  • Nutritious, home-cooked food prepared daily on site with vegetarian and vegan options daily