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Saint Gertrude High School
School Name:
Saint Gertrude High School
Street Address:
3215 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
Head of School:
Cecilia Dwyer, OSB
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Girls Only
Grade Levels:
9 thru 12
Enrollment Size:
Social Media:
Admissions Contact:
Ms. Meredith McNamara
Admissions Email:
7/16/2019 11:02:00 AM Religious Denomination School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Saint Gertrude High School, an independent Catholic, college-preparatory school, prepares and inspires young women to answer the challenges of their changing world.

Each SGHS alumna will go forward with the courage to make a positive impact on her community.

Core Values

  •  We live by Benedictine values of community, hospitality, and stewardship, finding strength in our prayerful spirituality, beauty in God’s creation, and joy in serving others.
  •  We live by Benedictine values of community, hospitality, and stewardship, finding strength in our prayerful spirituality, beauty in God’s creation, and joy in serving others.
  • We create a diverse, nurturing, and inclusive community in which together we make one another stronger.
  • We develop the whole student by stimulating pursuit of intellectual excellence, physical well-being, expressive creativity, and spiritual discovery.
  • We exhibit high moral character in the way we show respect for ourselves and others.
  • We serve as good stewards of the resources that are entrusted to us, ensuring opportunities for as many young women as possible, regardless of economic situation.

The Saint Gertrude Advantage
For nearly 100 years, Saint Gertrude has educated young women to learn, lead, and serve in a complex and fast-changing world.  We are a diverse and welcoming community with distinct advantages for your daughter:

The Small-School Advantage

  • Fewer than 300 students, ensuring personal attention
  • Average class size - 15; student/teacher ratio - 10 to 1
  • One-on-one advising and college counseling throughout all four years
  • College application workshops built into the curriculum
  • 100% of our graduates continue on to college or university

The All-Girls Advantage

  • Only Richmond area high school where all classes are exclusively single gender
  •  Students at all-girl schools, like ours, report a higher level of self-confidence
  • They outscore their peers from coed schools on the SAT
  • They are SIX times more likely to consider majoring in STEM fields (science/technology/engineering/math)

The Richmond Advantage

  • Located in the heart of historic Richmond in a safe and vibrant neighborhood
  • Teachers and students experience all of Richmond as a living, learning laboratory
  • Frequent and regular class activities at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the James River Park System, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and the Science Museum of Virginia

The Catholic & Benedictine Advantage

  • Dedicated to living the values of the Benedictine Sisters – hospitality, respect, service, and character
  • Families of every faith tradition are welcome
  • We actively promote prayer, work, and community action as a means to social justice

The NEW Flexible Tuition Program

Our commitment to educational equity is foundational to Saint Gertrude High School. The New Flexible Tuition Program is that commitment in action. Our NEW Flexible Tuition Program, also known as indexed tuition or variable tuition, is a sliding scale tuition model designed to meet each family’s unique financial situation. While every family will continue to contribute their daughter’s tuition and fees, our New Flexible Tuition Program enables all families the opportunity to access an affordable Saint Gertrude education for their daughters. To learn more about this program, please visit

School Fast Facts:


  • Offer classes in visual arts (ceramics, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, and painting), music, and dance
  • Four musical groups, including Honors Ensemble, Belle Tones (a capella), Tower Ringers (bell choir) and Chorus
  • Annually perform a fall musical, winter one-act play, and spring play, along with a Coffee House Talent Show
  • In 2017-18, 73% of our students took an arts class during the year.


  • Saint Gertrude High School fields 16 varsity and junior varsity teams.
  • Twelve varsity sports include: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.
  • A certified athletic trainer is also a member of the staff.
  • Athletic facilities include our Outdoor Athletic Center: Spread over 16 acres, our Outdoor Athletic Center offers two fields — one grass and one turf for field hockey, soccer and lacrosse, a softball field, six tennis courts, a walking path, and a field house. The OAC is a quick 12-minute drive from SGHS and is conveniently located off the Parham Road and I-95 interchange (Exit 83A).


  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6
  •  Average Class Size: 15
  • 80% of our faculty hold advanced degrees
  • Offer 26 honors and advance placement level courses
  • 100% of our graduates attend college or university

 Community Service

We require our students to complete 40 hours of community service during their four years, though many students perform significantly more hours. During the 2017-18 school year, our students performed 7,850 hours of community service.

Student Life

Clubs and Organizations: Bury your nose in a great read with Book Club or build a drone with our Robotics Team. With 20 different clubs and organizations, students have the opportunity to explore their full range of interests.

Rich Traditions: Junior Ring, May Day, Freshmen Friends (formerly Big Sis/Little Sis), Sponsors, SONG CONTEST … There are so many traditions at Saint Gertrude, many which go back to our school’s founding, nearly 100 years ago.

Cultural Travel Programs: Our cultural travel programs provide our students with a better understanding of cultures around our community, state, country, and the world. Opportunities range from homestays and academic exchanges, sightseeing and tourism to in-depth social justice and environmental experiences. Past experiences include Haiti, El Paso, France, England, Switzerland, Spain, and the Grand Canyon.

Leadership: Leadership means more than taking the seat at the top of an organizational chart. It is a combination of caring, passion, confidence, and initiative. Through our Leadership Institute, LIFT (Leading Through Introspection, Faith and Transformation), every Saint Gertrude student graduates with the confidence and ability to embrace leadership opportunities wherever she finds them.


  • Virginia Association of Independent Schools
  •  AdvancED (formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)


  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • Council of the Advancement and Support of Education
  • The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
  • National Association for College Admission Counselors
  • The Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling
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