They made unsubstantiated claims about my daughter being developmentally delayed. I took her for a full evaluation and the diagnosis was "Get her in a new preschool". The physician that evaluated my daughter was visibly disgusted and appalled by the principal and the "teachers" at this school. It is very damaging to make such strong claims about a child with no background or experience.
At the time my daughter attended Shepherd of the Desert, she was 3 years old and in the three-year old preschool class 3 days a week. One morning at drop-off, the school was extremely busy due to teacher appreciation day. My daughter was dropped off in the classroom safely with her teachers. Not ten minutes after drop-off, my daughter left the classroom, walked past the front desk attendant and exited the school. Another parent found her walking around in the parking lot. The school didn't even call when this happened to inform me. We didn't find out until the end of the day. They took the position that my daughter was a fault and went as far as to say she needed to be in a special needs program. I asked them about their credentials and none of them have a background in education, they are moms that want a part-time job. They expelled my daughter from the school and told me that she was probably ADD and had sensory issues. I took my daughter for a full examination and I received the following diagnosis from a physician : "Your daughter needs a new preschool". Rather than accepting that they dropped the ball and weren't paying attention, they blamed a three-year old and accused her of having developmental delays. They took no measures to secure their school in anyway. I am grateful that my daughter was not harmed in anyway. She could have been kidnapped, hit by a car or drowned in their fountain out front. If you are not a member of their church making monetary contributions, they don't care about your family or your child. My daughter is now in a Pre-K program at her elementary school and she is thriving. I do not recommend Shepherd of the Desert to anyone who is concerned about the safety and security of their child.
Have 3 children at Shepherd. 1st grade, 4th and 5th grade. Wonderful atmosphere of love in a Christian environment. Our children enjoy going to school and have been academically challenged and were sucessful. Partly due to the non threatening environment that is felt in this school. I highly recommend it!
This school is terrible and I do not recommend it, academics are terrible and the teachers are terrible, students are not prepared for high school at all!! There are not many kids in a grade at all. They are very religious and they are not afraid to say their belief. They talk disrespectfully to parents and students and it is overall a terrible school!