Good Shepherd Episcopal School
- Private, Episcopal
- RICHMOND, VA
Good Shepherd Episcopal School Reviews
Rating 3.64 out of 5 14 reviews
My son has been at Good Shepherd for three years and we've been very happy. He has had made great friends in the small classes, and gets plenty of attention from the dedicated teaching staff. He also loves the "perks" like the outdoors program, where they walk over to nearby Forest Hill park and down by the James River to learn about nature and Richmond. We also like that, even though it's small, there kids from all kinds of different backgrounds, which was different from what we found in a lot of the other schools we looked at.
Great school, caring teachers and staff that instill in our children the importance of kindness, understanding and empathy along with academics. Affordable, diverse and welcoming.
Good Shepherd Episcopal School offers the quintessential neighbood and community-based educational experience. The multifaceted diversity of their student body and faculty coupled with their proximity to the best natural amenities Richmond has to offer make GSES a one of a kind school.
Our daughter was very young for her grade, pretty introverted and cautious, but we knew she was so eager to start school. In this environment she 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 wholistic education at this school. They teach math lessons at the park, science lessons at the river, and lessons of being a good citizens throughout the community. They let a CHILD be a CHILD and focus less on testing and more on confidence, cooperation and compassion. <3 It is a place of peace, imagination and zero bullying/cliques/status competitions. They pair up students in upper grades with younger ones to foster a community of helping, teaching and guiding.
This is a wonderful little pearl of a school that has been money well spent. The kids are very close and there have been so many artistic programs they have exposed the children to over the years that they would not have gotten in another school of the same size. I would have appreciated more standardized assessments and feedback to better gauge their progress as well as a stronger push for students who are capable to excel much further (even if through outside assignments/projects...depending on parental interest).
We feel the school is very safe.
The previous reviews were not very accurate. The school is fairly balanced between males and females, unlike the data shown. Our daughter refers to GSES as being her home, which speaks to the efforts of staff members to create a space where all children can excel. The small school model is excellent and affords the children a chance to know each other regardless of grade level. There are many activities, events, field trips and performances (by students and visiting groups) throughout the year. The lunch program is better than any other school's program. No fast food junk here. This school should be on every parent's look list!
The focus is really centered on each individual child with progress charted for that child. The teachers are wonderful and the small classroom sizes mean learning happens in the class, not at night via homework.
Again, it's not the worst or the best
When I went from this school to a public school, I had no idea what level classes to go into and I didn't have any credit for taking high school level course because I couldn't take an SOL
It isn't very accomodating and the "middle school level classes" were all jammed into three rooms because of the lack of space
There weren't many opportunities for clubs or anything of that sort. There were some, but the wasn't a bunch.