Good Shepherd Episcopal School
4207 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond VA 23225-3303
Mission Statement
Good Shepherd Episcopal School provides education to children in grades K through 8. The school challenges each child to achieve academic excellence within a nurturing, Christian environment that builds character and respect for all God's creation.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ken Seward
Board Chair Mrs. Annette Spanel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chubb Group of Insurance Co.
Contact Information
Address 4207 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 232253303
Telephone 804 231-1452
Fax 804 231-9925
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1973
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $892,000.00
Projected Expenses $850,000.00
Good Shepherd Episcopal School provides education to children in grades K through 8. The school challenges each child to achieve academic excellence within a nurturing, Christian environment that builds character and respect for all God's creation.
Key Accomplishments:
  1. Continued success of the Good Shepherd Episcopal School - St. Andrews Scholarship/Partnership Program.
  2. Successful roll out of the Instructional Support / "21st Century Learning" initiative. 
  3. Graduating class achieving admission into schools of choice.
  4. Successful implementation of core academic and individualized instruction programs.
  5. Successful infrastructure improvements concerning school security, communications and IT.
Goals for the Current Year:
  1. All students making significant, measurable academic progress.
  2. Enrollment growth (target of 10%).
  3. Continued success in community relationship and visibility building among school constituency, neighbors, stakeholders, etc.
  4. Successful integration of new teacher hires and new Board of Trustee members.
  5. Continued refinement of academic and instructional support (individualized assessment/learning plan development).
The school's most pressing needs include:
  1. Outside - Upgrades to the playground and entrance.  $15,000
  2. Teacher Professional Development - Our teachers will benefit from professional development in core academic, specialized learning and testing and assessment classes/techniques.  $10,000
  3. Endowments/Grants - The school will benefit from consulting/advisory services to help establish strong endowment and grants programs.  $5,000.
  4. Kitchen - The school has an excellent onsite chef/healthy meals program but the kitchen/infrastructure needs to be upgraded.  $8,000.
Good Shepherd Episcopal School has provided first-quality educational choice to families in the Richmond area since 1971.  Here are some of our key findings:
  • First, we've found that academic cooperation, rather than competition, is a "secret ingredient" to our students' success.  That's why GSES incorporates peer-to-peer learning along with direct instruction. 
  • Second, we've discovered that it's important to embrace every student's strengths by taking an individualized approach to education.  We teach core subjects in relation to a maximum achievement plan created for the success of each and every student.  Our students consistently achieve at higher rates than the national average and go on to attend the high school of their choice.
  • Finally, we know that a strong sense of community is important for parents and students.  Good Shepherd welcomes everyone and fosters an environment of respect, support and encouragement.  With a strong community foundation, students grow more confident and capable of success in high school and beyond.
The school currently enrolls about 100 children in Kindergarten through Grade Eight.
The average class size is 10.
The student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1
Twenty-five full- and part-time faculty carry out instructional, operational and administrative responsibilities.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
GSES is located in historic, beautiful Forest Hill.  We are minutes from the Fan, Museum District, Bon Air, Midlothian, Stony Point, Chesterfield, Mechanicsville, Near West End and the city of Richmond. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Annette Spanel
Company Affiliation Chubb Group of Insurance Co.
Term June 2015 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Sue Davis Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Mr. Adam Gray MapCom
Mr. Daniel Harket DBI, Inc.
Mr. Timothy Hunter Stanley Martin Homes
Ms. Lee Shewmake Accounting
Ms. Samantha Sims Care One
Mrs. Amy Singleton The Community Foundation
Ms. Annette Spanel Chubb Group of Insurance Co.
Mrs. Susan Walker Retired
Mr. Drew Wise Community Volunteer
Mr. Kurt Yartz Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Vestry
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Ken Seward
Former CEOs
Mr. Michael Woodruff June 2011 - June
Senior Staff
Mrs. Mandy Flowers Director of Admissions & Marketing
Mrs. Nancy Negus Dir. of Instructional Support, Academic Dean
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 13
Volunteers 3
Retention Rate 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association of Independent Schools2009
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2009
Richmond's BestRichmond Magazine2014
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $892,000.00
Projected Expenses $850,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$582,806$826,273$616,847
Administration Expense$302,685$223,435$246,355
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.930.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%79%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$337,930$335,141$338,777
Current Assets$317,826$299,186$227,610
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$344,137$428,649$357,423
Total Net Assets($6,207)($93,508)($18,646)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.920.700.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided by audited financial statements.
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Elliott Davis LLC/PLLC.