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Good Shepherd Catholic School

Private | K-8 | 196 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $505,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,500.

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Posted August 3, 2014

Great school ! We love the teachers, and our Principal 2012-current! Our community works together, the children are good to each other and parent involvement is just part of the way we do things at our school. Academically speaking we feel that our children are getting a great education. We are not Catholic but appreciate the values and morals our children are being taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2012

Good Shepherd school has been fantastic for our 3 children. It is an absolute gem - the best educational value in Santa Cruz County!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

We love Good Shepherd! We have a child in Kindergarten and in 6th grade. Both children are doing great and love their school. My older daughter transferred from a public school and the academics have far surpassed the public school. There is so much parental involvement and a real sense of family/community. I look forward to many more years at Good Shepherd. Thought I should mention that we are not practicing Catholics and it really makes no difference. I think 30% of the school is not Catholic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

Love the students and teachers but feel really let down by the principal. Notice in all the reviews its only lower grade parents that have given positive feedback. No one over 1st grade...hello it goes all the way to 8th! Its too bad that his focus is only on new students and families and not those who have been at the school long before him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

We have a child in 1st grade and a child in Pre-Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. Our children have flourished at the school. The school has a welcoming community that has embraced us as parents as well as our children. It fosters a well-rounded education. Between the academic programs, extra-curricular activities, faith community and community outreach our children are becoming well-rounded, well-adjusted citizens of our community. The school is large enough that you get a broad diversity of cultures and experiences but small enough to get individual attention from the excellent teachers and administration. The Principal is very forward thinking and truly has an ear to the students and parents. The best interest of the school and the students is at the forefront of every decision he makes. We love Good Shepherd and more importantly so do our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

Our kids love, love, love school and we can't say enough great things about Good Shepherd. My kindergartner started the school year resistant to learning letter names and sounds, but three months later and she's already reading books on her own. The kindergarten teacher is excellent and nicely balances strong academics with classroom fun. She is patient, organized, and loving and has made my kid excited about learning and unwilling to miss a day of school. Affordable academic and values-based education in a nurturing family environment with high parent involvement and dedicated staff. It's a no brainer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

we are a new family to good shepherd school this year and really enjoying the huge community parent support and high energy teachers. my children have merged nicely in to the classrooms and meeting many great students and their families.the school fosters a strong buddy program and it is wonderful to have the option to play school competitive sports in 5th grd too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My grandsons are very happy at G. S. school, and my son and daughter-in-law like the family atmosphere and the quality of education the children are getting.


Posted September 24, 2009

With Good Shepherd, my kindergartner has a wider family with whom to grow as a person. Clearly, I'm happy with the education -- not just the R's but aspects of science & nature, music, computers, physical & cultural activities, and religion (which I'll stretch and call philosophy, but that's just me). What trumps that is I see smiles, passion, vision, excitement, and humanity all over the school -- on staff, on volunteers, on parents, on kids of all ages. I look forward to (and see it already) growing up as a confident, aware, strong individual with a hearty sense of both self and community, not to mention the world at large, and I see him getting there thanks to Good Shepherd's staff and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

I am a student at Good Shepherd and have been for seven years now. I am in seventh grade currently and am sincerely, absolutely loving it. Yes, seventh grade is hard, but there are more perks to it than hardships. For instance, in middle school/ juinor high, you get lockers and have a block schedule. I thought it was so exhilarating when I came into 6th grade because I was a 'big kid!' You have responsibilities and more priviledges and what totally shocked me was how much the little kids loved us and looked up to us like that. I have learned to juggle classes, homework, responsibilites, and my friends. Yes, it can be challenging, but Good Shepherd has prepared me and supported me (especially my teachers) for whatever the world throws at me. I wouldn't trade my school for anything else in the world: it's my home.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

I moved my daughter to Good Shepherd because I was looking for a strong academic atmosphere combined with a caring, faith-based community. Good Shepherd offers all of this and more. My daughter could have easily slipped through the cracks of a larger school but, due to the excellent skills of the factulty and staff, she is flourishing. She has grown academically and personally into a well-rounded, well-grounded young woman who is well prepared for either a public or private high school. She has experienced nothing but positive and respectful student and faculty interactions and feels tremendously supported and cared for. Her future success has been well worth the investment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

Unfortunatly, bulling is a part of our children's world. My son has special needs and I gave a lot of thought and research in choosing his school. I choose Good Shepherd because I felt that if bulling happened here it would be addressed and not swept under the rug. My son has been a student here for 3 years now and is flurishing. Academically he is challenged, the teachers, principal and staff are always willing to make time to talk about any questions or concerns, and what I appreciate most is that my son is loved and respected by the whole student body, grades pre-school to 8th grade.
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Posted December 11, 2008

Good Shepherd Catholic School is awesome. I recently read a review by a parent that said bullying is highly tolerated by the principal. This is absolutely inaccurate and I want it on record that the principal does not tolerate bullying and there are serious consequences for those involved in bullying. Our school has amazing teachers and an exceptional principal that puts our children first in every decision he makes. The class electives are wonderful and the children are really enjoying them. The values that the children are taught on life, education, and caring about one another are first class. I would highly recommend Good Shepherd to anyone wanting an all round #1 education for their child integrating respect and kindness for those around them. What more could you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

As a Good Shepherd parent for several years now, I highly recommend it's academic program, faculty and exciting leadership with new Principal Dan Andersen. In addition to Good Shepherd's high educational standards, it is extremely affordable as compared to other private schools in the Santa Cruz Country area. The school s community includes both tenured faculty and hands on parental makes this an excellent place to educate children. I would highly recommend anyone seeking a local Santa Cruz private school education to consider this Good Shepherd for possible enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

We have been sending our children to Good Shepherd Catholic School for 11 years now. Our daughter attended for 9 years and loved every moment of it. She is now in High School at PCS and was very well prepared by her teachers and classes at Good Shepherd. Our son is in Pre-K, and it is a joy for him to go to school. Good Shepherd is a school that invokes a great level of commitment and involvement at all levels, from principle, teachers, staff, students and parents. The end result is, we have experienced a wonderful l school where our children get a great education, a sense of belonging to a caring family, a very safe home away from home, and most importantly they love their friends, learning and school. If you are a parent looking into Good Shepherd, we would highly recommend that you and your child visit the school, meet other parents, past and present, talk with the principle, and spend time in the classroom with the students and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

We couldn't be happier with the overall experience our child has had at Good Shepherd. We as a family love and appreciate the ever present sense of community we find there. Academically our child in challanged but not overwhelmed. It is a wonderfully supportive environment and at the same time the children our held to certain expectation to succeed. There have been excellent enhancements made to the teaching staff in the past couple of years. The Principal, teachers and administrative staff are highly committed to the students and families. Good Shepherd also offers an excellent sports program, music, computer lab, Religion, foreign language, physical education and have recently expanded the choice of elective classes available in the junior high program. There is a strong emphasis on fostering a well rounded child and so far we have had tremendous success. I hope you would consider Good Sherpherd Catholic School .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

high tolerance for bullying. The principle doesn't seem to care about bullying at his school. The academics are to hard. My child works on homework and studies for their tests for four hours straight. It is ongoing and far to difficult plus the bullying. They don't care. I do not recommend this school. They have a history of bullying
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Posted September 29, 2005

We have children in 3rd grade and pre-K at GS. The school has well above average academic expectations and I feel my 3rd grade son is getting a good education. There has been some teacher turnover, which raises questions, but the teachers all seem to care greatly for the students and most are appropriately demanding. The school just got a new principal over the summer, which is generally regarded as positive. He appears to be bringing some needed enthusiasm and higher expectations. I will reserve judgment for now, but he looks good. The school is older, and in need of upgrading. However, plans are already in the pipeline for some of that work, and I believe things will happen soon. The parent involvement is high, and I feel very welcome in the school community. There are participation expectations, but that is normal; and the school has some wonderful fundraising events. Overall direction is positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2004

The school promotes solid academic development. Students are well prepared for HS and perform to a high standard in HS. A solid athletic program engages most of all 5-8 grade students. Teachers are credentialed and effective educators. Teachers exhibit care and concern for students well being & development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2004

Good Shepherd has been an excellent school for our kids. They are receiving their education in a small and caring environment. The community is very supportive and offers many opportunities for involvement in the growth and development of all the kids. The teachers are committed to each and every kid, providing them educational challenges along with a nurturing atmosphere. The sports program provides both athletic development and emphasizes sportsmanship and Christian values. The school also provides a music program, PE, Library, Computers, and Spanish. We highly recommend this school for providing an education for the whole child. The is the best kept secret in Santa Cruz, an affordable Catholic Education.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 26%
Two or more races 17% 3%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Cynthia Fogarty
Gender
  • Coed
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  • Block scheduling
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
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  • NCEA

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  • Spanish

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  • Library
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  • Diocese of Monterey
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  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

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