Overby-Sheppard Elementary School is located at the
lower end of the Highland Park section of Richmond, Virginia. The single
story brick building which was constructed in 1976 is situated on 12
acres of land. Overby Sheppard was named in honor of two ladies, Ethel
Thompson Overby and Eleanor Parker Sheppard. Eleanor Parker Sheppard
was a politician. She was the first female mayor of the city of Richmond
and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ethel Thompson Overby
was an educator and community worker. Mrs. Overby was among the first
African American principals appointed by the school board of the city
of Richmond.The current enrollment of Overby-Sheppard is 400 students.
The school is considered a neighborhood school. The student body is
composed mainly of African American students in grades Pre-K through
grade 5. In addition there are four exceptional educatton classes.
Overby-Sheppard Elementary School is committed to
provide an instructional environment where students are proficient in
the areas of oral and written communication, mathematics, science, social
science, and technology. We will work collaboratively with students,
parents, and the community to prepare students to face the challenges
of the future to become productive citizens in an ever-changing society.
The goal of the educational
program at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School is to provide an academic
foundation for the future development and success of the student.
In order to achieve this goal, there must be a relationship of mutual
respect, cooperation and understanding among students, teachers, parents,
and administrators. We must take into careful consideration the total
child with his unique personality, ability, interests, and experiences,
as each child develops to his fullest potential by providing for individual
differences as well.We believe there must be a balance between academic
and non-academic areas through a multi-disciplinary approach
to learning. The structure of the classroom is organized to provide
current school needs. The flexibility of our approach will allow us
to take advantage of the changes in instruction, as we adapt to meet
the many needs of children and our community.
All employees and students
are expected to operate each day exemplifying the school's theme "Going
From Good to Great - A Fully Accredited School: An Ongoing Standard."