At a Glance
for classes & sports
June 3, 2020
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college or university.
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Our mission is to provide a broad, values-based curriculum in a supportive, Catholic environment that celebrates individual talents, challenges academic intellect, supports and nurtures growth, builds character, instills confidence, and prepares students for success at the university level and in life.
School: BSH attracts diverse, motivated, independent-minded students seeking a broad, values-based college preparatory curriculum.
Students: BSH students value and demonstrate honor, passion for learning, independent thinking and service to others.
The family-based community environment at BSH is one of acceptance, diversity, learning and self discovery. Our culture is intentionally designed to nurture the unique strengths and talents, provide academic, cultural and academic growth and bring out the best of each individual student.
Faculty: BSH teachers are inspired educators committed to guiding and nurturing students, using innovative and sound teaching practices. Our teachers never stop seeking personal and professional growth.
Graduates: BSH graduates are confident, well-rounded, independent-minded individuals, ready to address the challenges of this generation.
These are the values that help inform our decisions and SHAPE us at BSH.
Self-Discovery • Honor • A Values-Based Curriculum and Way of Life • Passion for Learning • Embracing Community
Got a square peg. We don’t have any round holes.
BSH is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive educational environment. We celebrate the differences as well as commonalities among individuals. We strive to recognize unique gifts and encourage each student to pursue fulfillment in their own ways.
Head of School Greeting
What a pivotal year this is turning out to be! Good things are happening, and the past few months have been transformative for our school and our future.
When I stepped into the role of Head of School in 2015, I knew it would be challenging to be the steward of a K-12 school with a long, rich history and its various and sundry needs. Though in my heart, I firmly believed that there was a brilliant future ahead for BSH, a future of which I wanted to be a part and one to which I wanted to contribute.
I love this school, and I know you do too. That’s why our kids are here. We know they are in capable, loving hands. We know they can be, express, and continue to discover themselves here with a caring support system. Catholic or not, we know they will learn about and appreciate faith and values and will take what they learn here and spread more kindness in the world.
Love for this school and what it provides for our children is what joins us together. Love is what inspired one family to give the largest gift in school history! This very significant gift from the Brower Family infused us with renewed life. Our future is very bright indeed.
We have MANY more plans, and they begin with the Matching Gift Challenge taking place through 2022. Future goals include investing in our people and our programs. Our children must be equipped with 21st century learning skills and tools; we are going to build upon and expand our fine arts and science programs, athletics, health/wellness, and technology. We will maintain the beautiful work that has been done to the buildings and grounds and continue further work to ensure a safe and aesthetically pleasing learning environment. We are going to do all of this in the next five years, and we are going to ensure tuition remains affordable so that any students who qualify for admission will have the opportunity to attend BSH.
I thank each of our current families for believing in us and for trusting us to provide their child’s education. Dedication, faith, and love have gotten us to this point and will continue to guide us this year and in the years to come.
Come visit with us, and you will discover why this is your school. The Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School.
Paula Ledbetter, M.Ed.
Head of School
Find out about the latest school improvements and renovations here on our blog.
About Paula Ledbetter
Paula has been Head of School since 2015. She was born and raised in Richmond, attending St. Bridget Catholic School and St. Gertrude High School. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College where she earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and of Lynchburg College where she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Prior to being Head of School, she was Director of Admissions for two years at BSH after having worked in higher education. Paula and her husband, Mike, live in Powhatan and have a son and daughter, both of whom are BSH Knights!
The concept of the School Advisory Board is based on a belief in the importance and power of shared leadership. Parents, faculty, administration, and the community work together to provide advice regarding school policies in accordance with the mission of the school and the policies of the Diocese of Richmond.
The primary function of the School Advisory Board is to provide advice and assistance to Administration.
Advisory Board members offer their expertise and experience to strengthen the decision making process. The assistance is provided through the function of committees such as: finance, facilities, development, PR/marketing, enrollment, and policy. It is through the work of the Advisory Board that recommendations are made; direction is set; and policy is developed.
Advisory Board Members
Anita Navarro – Chair
Glenn Kurtz – Vice-Chair, Middle & Upper School Annual Fund Co-Chair
Rose Rocklein – Secretary, Lower School Annual Fund Co-Chair
Suzanne Cline – uKnighted Representative
The Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School is the result of the historic merger of two independent schools, Blessed Sacrament High School at Belmead and Huguenot Academy, in September of 1998.
Huguenot Academy was granted its charter by the State Corporation Commission of Virginia on August 31, 1959. From its beginning in the basement of the old Bank of Powhatan building in 1959, the school moved to its current location on Academy Road in 1962. The first teacher and head of the school was Mrs. Lilliam T. West. Blessed Sacrament High School, headed by Dr. Lou Ross Hopewell, opened its doors in 1987 with 18 students in grades 8 and 9.
Huguenot Academy was a non-sectarian school that grew into an institution for students in grades preschool through twelve. The first graduating class of Huguenot Academy was the Class of 1964. Blessed Sacrament High School was a Catholic school, with no parish affiliation, which grew into a school for students in grades 8-12 and had its first graduation in 1991.
Huguenot Academy’s enrollment increased to 1,000 students, but as more private schools opened in the surrounding metropolitan area, enrollment dropped; and at the time of the merger, there were 250 students enrolled. Belmead was growing in enrollment but had no additional buildings in which to expand. They leased the property from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and their board advised against building on land that they did not own. Huguenot Academy sat on 40 acres of land and had 11 buildings for classes and athletic functions.
After much discussion, it was decided that the two schools would merge, and the result is Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, a Catholic college-preparatory school for students in grades preschool through 12.