St. Edward’s School was founded in September 1961. The school began with First and Second grades and met in the convent of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (R.S.H.M.). In December of 1961, with the dedication of St. Edward the Confessor Church, the school moved alongside the church into the new facilities.
In 1962 Third, Fourth and Fifth grades were added; Sixth grade was added in 1963; with Seventh and Eighth grades following in 1964 and 1965, respectively.
The basement and two-story addition to the school were completed and dedicated in September 1964, with the first Eighth grade graduation held in June of 1966. However, it was not until June of 1969 that St. Edward’s School held graduation for students who attended classes from the First grade all the way through the Eighth grade.
In September of 1979, St. Edward’s School became a regional school servicing St. Edward’s Church and the newly created Church of the Epiphany parish. At that time, the school changed its name to St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School.
In September of 1980, the Kindergarten program was expanded to a full-day program and in September 1981, the school began its Pre-Kindergarten program for four year olds.
In December 1983, a third parish, St. John Neumann in Powhatan, was added to those served by the regional school. When school opened in the fall of 1984, St. Edward-Epiphany added a complete before and after school program (7:00 am – 6:00 pm) for its families needing daycare.
In 1986, Dr. Hopewell left St. Edward-Epiphany to start Blessed Sacrament High School in Powhatan. Following her departure, Ms. Georgette Richards was appointed to the position of Principal in the fall of 1986.
Beginning in the fall of 1988, the instructional program expanded to include a Transitional-First classroom to meet the needs of Kindergarten students who weren’t quite ready for the challenges of traditional First Grade. This innovative program enhanced our already ten-year instructional program of Preschool through Eighth Grade.
In the winter of 1996, the Home and School Association began an After School Enrichment Program entitled “Kaleidoscope” for the purpose of enriching our school curriculum. Students enjoy classes in a variety of areas from Science, Art, Dance and Drama. The following year, the Kaleidoscope Program received the 1997 Diocesan Concilium Award for the Program of the Year.
Beginning in the fall of 1998, the school expanded its resource services to include Kindergarten through Fourth grade. This service for students continues to reinforce our school philosophy and mission to be inclusive of students with mild to manageable challenges.
Exciting Changes in Leadership & Facilities
In the fall of 2000, the generosity and creativity of school families and friends led to the realization of a long-held dream of St. Edward-Epiphany. The doors of the new Activity Center opened wide, giving students and the community much needed space for indoor athletics, art, music and drama.
In 2012, after twenty-five years of service, Ms. Georgette Richards retired after appointing Emily Elliott as the succeeding principal.
Also in 2012, St. Edward-Epiphany was recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. St. Edward-Epiphany School exceeded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence eligibility guidelines, in part due to its students’ continued high performing scores as measured by state assessments in both reading and mathematics.
In 2013, in order to ensure students are prepared for the digital world, St. Edward-Epiphany ran the “Race to the Future” technology drive to raise funds to expand our technology platform. As a result of the drive, interactive boards were installed in every classroom with tablets, document cameras and interactive software available as resources to our entire school community.
Creating Programs for Student Success
Also in 2013, St. Edward-Epiphany embarked on a journey to help all students become leaders with the Leader in Me program. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the program is aimed at helping schools develop a culture of leadership based on universal principals. The program takes these basic principles, incorporates them into the lives of students, developing critical skills and characteristics such as leadership, responsibility, accountability, creativity and communication.
In 2013, the Exceptional and Enrichment Education Program (E3) was created to assist all students throughout their educational journey. The E3 program provides services for students who may need minor classroom accommodations, as well as collaborating with teachers to meet the needs of all learners.
St. Edward- Epiphany School Today
During the summer 2014, the school building underwent a 2.4 million dollar capitol renovation project. This project included new windows, new roof, new HVAC, new electrical and a brand new, state of the art media center. This project was funded by a joint campaign between the school, the Diocese of Richmond and St. Edward the Confessor.
Saint Edward-Epiphany School continues to be on the forefront of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Richmond reviewing, reevaluating and planning the finest Catholic learning environment for students in the 21st century.