I love that this school makes education feel like a community effort! Also, there is on-site before and after school care that is a great option for working parents. Children can start school as early as 3 years old ... we have loved everything about our experience at GSES, and would recommend it without hesitation. Our son is so excited to begin his 4th year at the school!
Good Shepherd School remains a great place for children and families. I have a child who stared in 3rd grade and will graduate this spring and another child in 4th grade- we have always been pleased with the academic offerings, individualized eduction, and most of all caring teacher/family/faculty environment- classes tend to be between 10-16- a perfect size to address individual needs. Children are happy, confident and feel loved by all- they leave ready to go anywhere else and establish true friendships and relationships. I also think extra after school offerings and clubs are great offerings for a small private school- it's a great place for children and families- it always has been.
This is our 5th year at GSES; we are holding a wait-&-see what happens attitude. Last year ended horribly. Academically, GSES is very good and almost individual learning environment has been excellent for our child. However, management changed last year, and the heavy handed style, along with personality clashes, indicated to us that perhaps what's best for the students is not what comes first. It was too late to move our child for this school year.
Wow! What a hidden treasure. My child had a magnificent year at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. You can't beat the academic programs, the caring environment or the great community that we found at GSES. In today's sometimes scary world, it is comforting to know that I can send my child to school and know that she will be safe, feel loved and challenged in her academic classes. We also love the many enrichment classes that are offered to her multiple times a week. In addition to twice a week P.E., music, and art classes, she also has computer, library, science lab, spanish and free tutorials each week. What an experience. Well worth the money! We highly recommend GSES!
While Good Shepherd is not a wealthy school (It's tuition is very reasonable.), it is sound financially. As is the case with many private schools, enrollment is smaller this year due to the recession. There is no 3rd grade this year because there are no 3rd graders. The church with which it is affiliated is over 100 years old with equal character. The school itself is almost 40 years old. It has everything that one could want in a private school . . . both national and state accreditation; a strong, sound curriculum; experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic teachers; a positive and effective administration; low student-teacher ratio; all of the extra/co-curriculars (Spanish, technology, science lab, music, art, and P.E.); character and spiritual education; and the warmest, most familial community you've ever witnessed. My son, husband, and I all adore it. Do your child and family a service, and consider GSES.
Even though GSES has mostly engaging and knowlegable teachers, there still are some teachers that weigh the growth of the school down. GSES has fine soccer and basketball teams though. Currently, there is no 3rd grade at GSES which tells us that GSES is suffering ecnomical issues. Overall, GSES is a fine school, but tread carefully.
We are new to the school this year, having transferred from public school. Going from a class size of 26 to 28 students to the small classes at Good Shepherd has made a world of difference for our boys. We are thrilled with our choice and wouldn't consider any other school. The school's accreditation by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) gives us assurance that Good Shepherd is one of the best schools in the Richmond area. Our boys are engaged and motivated by the individual attention they receive from the teachers and administration. They participate in after school study hall and we have taken back our evenings for family time instead of homework. We have been pleasantly surprised by the parents who have welcomed us into the school community and immediately made our children feel welcome.
My son is in his fourth year at GSES, and I could not be happier with the results. I appreciate the school's focus on respect, character, and personal accountability. His test scores have been exeptional, and I attribute this to the rigorous academic program, the caring of his teachers and the dedicated administration. I would remove him in a heartbeat if the standards become lower. Good Shepherd is worth every penny.
How does one provide an antidote to a negative review? I'm hoping this and other doses of honesty will do it. After 4 yrs with Good Shepherd, our family could not be happier on all fronts. First, academically, our child has shown marked improvement every year from the start of the school year to the end in key areas including math and reading. His test scores confirm the difference of real teacher dedication and a school committed to academic excellence. Second, socially, GSES students' respect and appreciation for others is truly remarkable. How many pre-teens do you know who think to open a door for an adult? This is commonplace at GSES. The focus on leadership and good citizenship is apparent in so many ways daily. Third, I've witnessed at Good Shepherd an incredibly committed parent base who jump in and help each other. GSES is a wonderful school!
Good Shepherd is a wonderful school, a truly unique educational experience in Richmond. If you're looking for a strong education in a warm supportive environment, you should come see this school. As another reviewer noted, it's a hidden gem in Richmond. My son started here this year, and he's absolutely loving it.
The teachers and staff at GSES are awesome. The previous reviewer must understand that teachers have a responsibility to hold students responsible for their actions. GSES does a great job of building character and setting high expectations. If I as a parent did not have those some expectations, then I might also think the teachers were mean and the dress code was unreasonable...that is absolutely not the case. Uniforms on Wednesday and collared tucked in shirst with a belt on others days is not 'snooty'. I would rather teachers hold my students to the high values and principles that I value then allow my child to be rude, disrespectful and dress in an inappropriate way. I am grateful to the Middle School teachers for preparing my daughter for High School and helping her grow into a fine young lady.
This school used to be a great school, with wonderful teachers, administrators, among other things. The new management under a new principal is horrid. Personally, the new paint job, addition of some not-so-nice middle school teachers, and lack of nurse, gym, or even the TOO present snooty dress code and rules. Outrageous changes make this school rather unappealing.
Good Shepherd has many wonderful programs. The art program is great. The art teacher truly does inspire a love of art and the kids have fun with her.
This school has definite potential. However, the music program is sorely lacking. They are forced to be in chorus, as well as music. This time could be better spent doing things that the children actually enjoy. We are considering leaving an otherwise great school because our children absolutely hate music now.
This is our second year in elementary school at Good Shepherd. The teaching in academic areas which seems well above average includes; Sciences, Computer, Physical Education, Literature and Reading. The Teaching in academic areas which seems average includes mathematics. The resource classes and staff are excellent, particularly Music, Chorus and Art. In addition to academics there is a strong emphasis on character and integrity. The tuition seems acceptable based on the very low student-teacher ratio. The dress code on non-uniform days is easy to comply with but still prevents children from wearing items that are inappropriate. Chapel is on Wednesdays and features a very nice Christian Worship Service. Probably one of the best small schools in the Richmond area.
This is a great school for academics. The classes are small and children truly receive individual attention. Staff is wonderful and very approachable. One area of improvement would be the music department. There is not a lot of variety with the music. All children (K-8th grade) are taught to sing in unison, no parts-soprano, alto and tenor. Singing in unison (soprano) is especially difficult for the older kids. Overall, I would recommend the school. The staff focuses on learning, character, integrity and thoughtfulness. I'm especially impressed with the Science, Spanish and arts curriculum that begins in Kindergarten.
Great school...one of Richmond's best kept secrets! A unique private school that puts the child first...where the children matter more than the community status of the parents. Amazing diversity of subjects like integration of spanish starting at K level and musical expression starting in pre-K. The middle school is a VERY welcome alternative to the public sector and the cost of other private schools. Small class sizes with lots of individualized attention. Our daughter soared while she was there. GSES gave her a very strong prep to enter and succeed at the Governor's school. While we never took advantage of it, other friends rave about the extended daycare before and after school as well as the host of summer offerings. Best buy in Richmond!
This school offers a warm and caring environment that promotes morale values. We think our child is getting a solid education and the music, art, science and spanish curriculum is strong. The small class sizes allow the teachers to give lots of individual attention. Would like to see more sports offered. There is diversity and a high level of parent involvement. The after care program offers addition extra curriculum opportunities. Overall, we are very pleased with this school and our son loves it here.
when it came to really teaching children at their finest moment...subjects like spanish, art, library, and music they had no idea what they were doing. not that the teachers teaching these subjects were under qualified in their field, but on an elementary level they scored poorly. they couldn't identify with the children. and in my opinion those are the finest years for such subjects to be absorbed and blossom. Maybe it is whoever is in charge of hiring or maybe it is just a dull school but I truly believe that there are others that offer acacdemics and culture the same and in an atrractive way for children of elementary age.
Great School. Experience is that this is a first rate value. Learning tailored to individuals. Arts empahsized well. Great staff.
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