Our History

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. The first Eighth grade graduation held in June of 1966; however, it was not until June of 1969 that St. Edward’s School graduated students who attended classes from the First grade all the way through the Eighth grade.

In September 1979, St. Edward’s School became a regional school servicing St. Edward’s 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 1980, the Kindergarten program was expanded to a full-day program and in September 1981, the school began its Preschool 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 extended care.

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, St. Edward-Epiphany was recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. St. Edward-Epiphany 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 (English language arts) and mathematics.

The Exceptional and Enrichment Education Program (E3) was added in 2013. The mission of the E3 program is to provide qualified students, as well as their teachers and families, with support in the form of direct intervention, collaborative instruction, classroom accommodations, and parental education.

In the summer of 2021, the Father Herbert Hall wing of the building underwent a 1.2-million-dollar renovation to improve classroom space and build a new art and music room along with a new learning lab.

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.