A Richmond private school is on the move.

Saint Gertrude High School and Benedictine College Preparatory announced Friday that Saint Gertrude, an all-girls high school in the city’s Museum District, will relocate to Benedictine’s Goochland County campus in 2021.

The two schools’ agreement also includes the creation of an umbrella organization called the Benedictine Schools of Richmond. The schools, according to a news release, will still operate independently with a “continued emphasis” on single-sex education.

The all-girls school will move into a new facility on Benedictine’s 50-acre campus, according to the news release. The facility will include a cafeteria, communal meetings areas, labs and classrooms. Benedictine’s school will stay in its current building.

“This announcement is about much more than a new home for Saint Gertrude,” said Joanna Burley, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, and Jonathan Licari, Benedictine’s canonical administrator, in a joint statement. “It is about strengthening the foundation of Catholic education for our young men and women, now and well into the future.”

The two schools will share a gymnasium and athletic fields, among other things. They will keep their respective names.

This isn’t the first time the two schools have been located near each other.

Benedictine’s campus was also in the Museum District before moving to Goochland in 2013.

“Our schools have long been united in our distinct missions and spirit, in our belief in the unique benefit of single-sex education, and in our educational philosophies rooted in the Rule of Saint Benedict,” Burley and Licari said. “For the better part of a century, our schools even shared a city block. Where the schools were once located 400 feet apart in the Museum District, they’ll soon be just 600 feet apart in Goochland County.”

A series of town hall meetings has been scheduled to address the change.

Current parents will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benedictine and the next day at 7:30 a.m. at Saint Gertrude. Two town halls — one at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Saint Gertrude and another at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Benedictine — have also been scheduled. Prospective parents will also meet on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Gertrude and at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Benedictine.


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Politics/Education Reporter

Justin Mattingly covers state government and education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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