Good Shepherd Episcopal School

The Good Shepherd Episcopal School is located on Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond. It is an accredited elementary and middle school founded in 1971 and is associated with the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The school offers pre-kindergarten, junior kindergarten, and full-day junior kindergarten, elementary and middle school programs. Before and after-school childcare is available. According to the school’s mission statement: “ Good Shepherd Episcopal School challenges each child to achieve academic excellence within a nurturing, Christian environment that builds character and respect for all God’s creation.”

The school offers small classes, with a maximum of 16 students, and follows the Virginia Standards of Learning curriculum. Resource classes required to supplement the regular studies include: art, library, physical education, science lab, music, chapel, and Spanish. There are also a variety of after-school activities involving music and art. These classes incorporate art and music to provide enjoyable learning activities. They focus on developmental areas that enhance mental growth and stimulation in a creative environment.

All students are required to follow the dress code on Wednesdays, chapel day, and field trips. Required dress consists of an official Good Shepherd Episcopal School white shirt with an emblem. Chapel time teaches a biblical lesson that incorporates daily life lessons as well. This time is specifically designated for middle school students.

The middle school engages in mission work that in the past has included building a playground for a camp, community service hours, and working at events at the school. Good Shepherd Episcopal School is a Virginia Naturally Exemplary School. As stated on the State of Virginia’s website: “ Virginia Naturally Schools is the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth, administered by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environmental Quality and other resource agencies. The Virginia Board of Education has recognized the Virginia Naturally School program as the official environmental education school recognition program for the state. This program recognizes the wonderful efforts of many Virginia schools to increase the environmental awareness and stewardship of our youngest citizens.” Students engage in projects with the James River Park System as well as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Good Shepherd Episcopal School
4207 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond , VA 23225

The Good Shepherd Episcopal School website

Profile prepared by at McCarthy
April, 2008