Good Shepherd Episcopal School

Nestled at the corner of the James River and Forest Hill Park, Good Shepherd Episcopal School serves the children and families of the City of Richmond and surrounding counties by offering a core K-8 curriculum enhanced by Spanish, technology, outdoor education, the arts, and comparative religion to children of all faiths.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 144 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1971

Student Body

Total Students
144 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
Good Shepherd Episcopal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
30%
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
15%
Admissions Director
Lorie Bartee

Sports

Total Sports Offered
1 sport

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Basketball, Soccer

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Mountain Biking

School Notes

  • We are Rooted in Community. We strive to support our families by building relationships and fostering a strong sense of community. We grow our students by connecting them to each other, to their teachers, the Forest Hill neighborhood, and the James River watershed, which provides them with a deep sense of belonging and responsibility.
  • We are Strengthened by Diversity. We believe children should feel enriched by their experiences and relationships with many different kinds of people. We aim to create a school environment that embraces and celebrates each child`s unique perspective. When children learn to value people who are different from themselves, they are better prepared to live peacefully in a diverse world.
  • We are Inspired by Possibility. When students are encouraged to be themselves, the possibilities are endless. We aim to empower students with the curiosity, knowledge, and confidence that will lead them to be their best selves in life. In turn, they inspire us to continually grow and thrive as a school community.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Good Shepherd Episcopal School cost?
Good Shepherd Episcopal School's tuition is approximately $13,000 for private students.
What sports does Good Shepherd Episcopal School offer?
Good Shepherd Episcopal School offers 1 interscholastic sports: Mountain Biking.
When is the application deadline for Good Shepherd Episcopal School?
The application deadline for Good Shepherd Episcopal School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Good Shepherd Episcopal School located?
Good Shepherd Episcopal School is located in the Forest Hill neighborhood of Richmond, VA.

School Calendar

View the Good Shepherd Episcopal School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
First Day of School (Half-day)
August 21, 2024 (Wednesday)
First Day of the Nature Preschool
September 03, 2024 (Tuesday)
Fall Break - No School
October 14, 2024 (Monday)
Spring Break - No School
March 10, 2025 (Monday)
Spring Break - No School
March 11, 2025 (Tuesday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
5  
We could not be happier with our experience at GSES! GSES got to know my son and they know what he needs to be successful. It is a caring, supportive and diverse environment. It's not your typical private school.
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Good Shepherd is a lovely and nurturing school. Many schools say that they have individualized education but this school really means it and provides it. The teachers are supportive and effectively communicate with parents. There is no "falling through the cracks" at GSES.
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Our son's pediatrician recommended that he would do better in a small classroom setting. After looking at several schools, we found Good Shepherd. From the beginning we felt very comfortable with the school, and it has been an excellent fit for our son. We love the small classroom sizes, the personal attention to each child and the some of the creative classes that they offer. We are so happy to be part of the wonderful community.
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GSES is the best choice we could possibly have made. Our child spent three years in a public school. He was "fine"---our decision was not about academic or behavior issues. At GSES he thrives in all regards---academically, socially, and emotionally. He loves his school, teachers, and classmates. He gets the individual and small group attention he needs to be challenged. As a family, GSES has really made our lives better. We're all happier! GSES is an encouraging, nurturing environment. The students treat each other so well. It's a true community with enthusiastic, committed leadership. It's also truly diverse---there is no 'typical' family and the parents are great too.
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My 7th grade child has THRIVED at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. We have been a part of the community since he was in kindergarten and could not have asked for a better education or more safe, nurturing, and familial environment. It's the most affordable fully-accredited (VAIS) school in Richmond. It offers all of the academics (including Spanish starting in kindergarten) as well as a diverse range of extra-curricular classes and activities. Perhaps most importantly, there is a maximum class size of fifteen. The average class size is ten, the ideal for maximizing individual attention. You would be remiss were you not to research and visit Good Shepherd while shopping for your elementary and/or middle school child's perfect school home.
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GSES is a small school with so much to offer for the price. There is a tremendous amount of parental involvement and the staff (many of whom have children attending the school) go through great efforts in providing creative academic and artistic learning opportunities for the children. They are very encouraging and promote self confidence in children with a variety of challenges/differences.
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I am a parent of two children at GSES and we have been very happy with the school - Grades 4 and Kindgergarten. All children at GSES receive a personalized/individualized education experience and this has been excellent for our kids. We enjoy the safe, family feel of the school and the different extracurricular & enrichment activities like sports, art and languages. The teachers are great and kids couldn't be happier! GSES is a wonderful school and community for our family.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 144 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Richmond, VA is $13,953 for elementary schools and $16,383 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Richmond, VA is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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