Saint Gertrude High School

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Saint Gertrude High School
3215 Stuart Avenue


United States
Coordinates37°33′32″N 77°28′45″W / 37.55889°N 77.47917°W / 37.55889; -77.47917Coordinates: 37°33′32″N 77°28′45″W / 37.55889°N 77.47917°W / 37.55889; -77.47917
MottoOra et Labora
(Pray and Work)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Benedictine Sisters
DeanNancy Carrig (Faculty & Academics)
Rebecca Hoffmann (Student Life)
Head of schoolRenata Rafferty
ChaplainFr. Jim Griffin
Enrollment237 (2017)
Average class size15
Student to teacher ratio9:1
Color(s)Green and White         
Athletics conferenceVirginia Independent Schools Athletic Association
Team nameGators
RivalSt. Catherine's
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
PublicationSTET (Literary Magazine)
NewspaperGreen Shield
AffiliationNAIS (VAIS)
Director of AdmissionsMeredith McNamara

Saint Gertrude High School is an independent Catholic college preparatory day school for young women grades 9-12 in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded in 1922 by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, of Bristow Monastery, and is still owned and governed by the order, although the day-to-day operations are run by lay administrative and teaching staff. The school's goal is to provide young women with an academic education in an environment of Christian values and cultural diversity.


Saint Gertrude was built in 1913 to provide a home and a chapel for the Benedictine Sisters who taught at Saint Mary’s School on Fourth and Marshall Streets in Richmond. The building had two rooms used as a small private elementary school and housed a care center for exceptional children which was later discontinued.

In 1922, Saint Edith Academy, a boarding school for girls at Bristow, Virginia was closed, and the high school department was transferred to Saint Gertrude in Richmond. Sister Gertrude Head, the first principal, and a three-member faculty began the educational program for eight students. In the course of the first year the enrollment increased to twenty-six.

The school continued to operate solely in the original building until a new classroom wing was added in 1956. These two structures then made up the school building for nearly twenty years, until the 1973 addition was completed. The newest addition, dedicated in May 2005, houses a new library/media Center, athletic facility, and science labs.

At the very onset, the school was affiliated with the Catholic University of America. In 1925, Saint Gertrude was accredited by the Virginia State Board of Education and in 1942 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1978, the school became a member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Saint Gertrude’s accreditation continues to be through VAIS and SACS, which are affiliated with the Virginia Council of Private Education. Saint Gertrude High School was awarded "Blue Ribbon School" designation in 1996.


The school fields 17 teams in 12 sports. Teams offered by season include: Fall: Tennis, Volleyball (JV and Varsity), Field Hockey (JV and Varsity), Cross Country; Winter: Basketball (JV White, JV Green, Varsity), Indoor Track, Swimming; Spring: Softball, Soccer (JV and Varsity), Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Golf.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ Maura Soden at The Internet Movie Database

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