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Good Shepherd Catholic School

Private | K-8 | 146 students

Our school is best known for our safe campus and the teaching of our faith.

 
 

Living in Beverly Hills

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $1,300,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,210.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 10 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted June 30, 2014

My child is happy at Good Shepherd and that to me is very important. The students care about each other and are always well-behaved. We look forward to more years in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

This school is awesome with the new principal. They have an excellent sports program, and every year, the eighth grade puts on a play directed by the eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Widmann. This year, it was The Sound of Music. Also, the music program is extraordinary, and the school got a new tech upgrade, too! Now, every student has a school MacBook pro of their own, and the younger kids get iPads! Excellent School. Bring your children here.


Posted March 19, 2014

I am very concerned. On one hand, my child is happy at this school - the children are sweet and sociable. On the flip side - I have to look at the evidence of children who are being tested against other schools - that they are more than a year behind curriculum and critical thinking wise. What are the reasons for this? I know that there is hardly any emphasis on science, critical thinking skills, creative writing or problem solving. The administration needs to look outwards at other schools for standards. Figure out why the country is moving towards common core (for critical thinking skills). And not just inwards. Because standards at the moment do appear comparatively low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Took a tour and fell in love with the school tucked away in this lovely neighborhood....their kids are in some awesome high schools and we can't wait to start in the fall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

We pulled our son out of Wonderland (LAUSD) this year and enrolled him in Good Shepherd. We are so pleased and wish we had done it sooner. The teachers, principal and academics have all been extraordinary, and my son already has many good friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Love, Love this school! I feel so connected to my child's classwork, staff and principal. Everyone is accessible. My child could not wait to sign up for the minecraft class after school. The athletic director is awesome! My son has been on the football team and the basketball team and has learned so much about being a team player and developed friendships outside of the classroom. His teacher understands him as an individual and works with him to achieve his best academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Beautiful school! The teachers are so involved and care so much. We have been so happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

If you want your children to have a good peer group, you could not pick a better school. I have two kids here and I have to say that every time we take them on a field trip someone comments on how well behaved they are. They are all so kind and thoughtful and the school's emphasis on service probably has a lot to do with it. I really couldn't pick a better environment for my kids. They have made some great friendships here, as have I since the families are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Teachers care, intimate environment, fantastic experience! We are at this gem of a school for the citizenship and morals that are taught and expected from PK-8. Every single child that attends here is so respectful, kind and eager to help...ALL THE TIME!! The academics are top notch, although they come secondary to service. They have small classroom sizes. This fosters a positive, warm environment where teachers and staff are able to focus on the individual students and truly cultivate them as people. The junior high teachers are phenomenal...(other grades too, but it is so apparent in the grade 6-8 students.) The 8th grade teacher has been there for many years and is incredible. The entire eighth grade class got into their 1st choice high schools. The graduating students participate in an annual musical...it's awesome seeing even the boys get involved and play a part! Our kids are so happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

This school has been around for over 80 years and it is still going strong. It has gone through some rough patches and has weathered the storm bravely and fiercely. It has suffered many setbacks due to economic and financial strains. Yet, it is still standing brightly in the midst of a secular environment. Currently, the school is ushering in a new principal that will lead and guide it in a new direction through innovation, technological advancement and theatre/art. Also, this school is committed to building strong relationships with the commmunity, and it is dedicated to providing service activities to the less fortunate. Also, the school is building up its sports program that will eventually produce some great athletes. Through the dedication and hard work of some visionary teachers, the sports program will evolve and include a variety of sports. Overall, this school is worth looking into becasue it is a force to be reckoned with. Given the limited resources and the overall layout of its premises, it has the ability to endure and attract.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

As an alumni parent of Good Shepherd I can see the long lasting effects the school has impressed upon my son. From extrodinary academics (yea Saxton math!) friendships that carry on past high school and empahsis of service to others in charity - a trio of qualities were were fortunate as a family to have found.


Posted May 2, 2013

I personally saw how an older student (maybe 4th-6th grade) approached a pre-K student to comfort him and make sure he is alright after the younger student took a stumble and fell to the ground. Comforting to see how older kids look out after the younger ones. A simple gesture displaying a sense of community, camaraderie and compassion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Good Shepherd is a an amazing little Beverly Hills secret. Our children have attended for four years and still jump out of bed in the morning excited to get to school. The class size is small so they get great attention. It's a very familial atmosphere and a safe environment. We tried the local public school for a year and couldn't get our son to Good Shepherd fast enough. Would highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Love this school! Fantastic teachers, great curriculum, strong interest in the children's success. My son attended Good Shepherd for Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade...when we moved out of town and enrolled him into another Catholic School he tested spectacularly ahead of his grade level! The enrollment coordinator asked --where did he come from? He came from Good Shepherd! ...a school that has built a solid foundation for our children based on strong academics, faith and character. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

Notice how the enrollment goes down in 7th & 8th grades? The teachers allow bullying and sometimes are the bullies. Wouldn't recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2013

Good Shepherd has a great staff and really nice families...if you want to send your child to a grade school that gives a strong foundation for High School, it should be one of your top picks. They have highly educated teachers who are very involved with their students' education, as well as a fantastic group of parents who are involved and hands-on. We love the Art program and the musical that the Jr. High puts on every year. WONDERFUL PLACE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2011

Good Shepherd School is an amazing school. Beautiful and well located building, academically challenging, with a great sense of fairness that would leave the students with an unique life lessons and experiences. My daughter has grown beautifully sense she has been there, and I know as a mother, that it has a lot to do with this wonderful school. Ms.Miller is a wonderful Principal, consistently on top of every issue that appears, always with grace and respect. We could not be more pleased! 7th Grade Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

There is no perfect school but by far Good Shepherd is as close as perfect. Teachers have much respect for each student and because of that not one child falls threw the cracks. It feels great to know that my daughter is getting ready for her future in a positive way and not to mention she is happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

My children have attended Good Shepherd Catholic School since Kindergarten, and I couldn't be more pleased with the education they are receiving. Good Shepherd is academically challenging, spiritually enriching, and the teachers and principal are warm, welcoming and truly invested in their students' success. The students are also enriched by a curriculum that includes art, P.E., Spanish classes, and a phenomenal music program headed by the talented Mario Raven. My son, who will graduate this year, is headed to Loyola High School, and I am confident that Good Shepherd has done an excellent job of preparing him for the rigors of high school academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

Now an alumni after 9 years (k-8), and a child in high school, GS prepared him for the challenges ahead in both mind and spirit. Most teachers are Master's level and a principal who moved the school ahead technically and physically; this gem is tucked away in a great neighborhood and community.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 26%
Two or more races 16% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 11%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Black 7% 6%
Hispanic 3% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Korean
Spanish
Tagalog
Swedish, Hindi
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Swedish, Hindi
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Danielle Colvert
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • lwidmann@gsbh.net
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Continuation
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Swedish, Hindi
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Homework Club
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Loyola Marymount
Notre Dame
Immaculate Heart h
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148 South Linden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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Phone: (310) 275-8601

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