I sadly agree with several comments below - which seems to boil down to a common thread: principal leadership or lack thereof. Dictatorial approach, deficit based thinking, no flexibility or creativity when it comes to providing students what they really need to engage in learning. Punitive and judgmental approach when students as young as four do not comply. Seem to overreact for unacceptable but age appropriate behaviors. No desire to listen to parent feedback - answers like : "There is always "that kid" and "i am a great educator" happen in the same conversation. Leadership seems more concerned about protecting staff than about ensuring that ALL kids are learning given their interests and talents. Teachers, office and counselor have good intentions, parents are highly involved, yet the sense of community is not there.
I went to Good Shepherd, and wish so much my parents had sent me somewhere else. The children are cliquey, and have a disdain for individuality. The parents are no better. They teach values, but exhibit the opposite. The leadership has zero interest in helping with any concerns the parents and students may have. Overall terrible experience.
Before enrolling at Good Shepherd we had heard such wonderful things about it. After several years at the school, our experience has unfortunately not been what we had expected and we decided to leave this year. The class sizes are very large, especially in the youngest grades. It just seems to be very crowded at the school and we believe our kids will get more individualized attention elsewhere. Socially it seems rather cliquey, and teacher turnover is very high. Thus, the sense of community is greatly lacking. Parents are, however, very involved at the school.
A push by administration to maximize school capacity at 28 kids per class has resulted in what we feel is overcrowding in each small class room and has significantly effected the quality of education that the children are receiving. The level of teacher turnover and the principles lazy approach to recruiting new talented teachers is alarming. Further the principle is not approachable and is very defensive to parent input and feed back. The level of parent involvement is very high which is the saving grace of Good Shepherd. However there is not a great sense of community due to poor leadership and the numerous cliques that exist in the school. Sadly it is not the school it used to be.
Sadly the school has systematically disassembled/undermined its previous sense of community. Unfortunately the principal takes a dictatorial approach, becoming very defensive when approached for discussion.
We have been at Good Shepherd for 10 years and have been very happy with our experience. Our children love their school! We feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community of families, teachers, staff, and administration. I disagree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer's comments. The administration works very hard to hear the interests and concerns of the school families. Teacher to student ratios are appropriate and I believe lean strongly towards benefitting the student. The teachers do a fantastic job of challenging both gifted children and ones who might need additional help. Thank you, Good Shepherd administration, teachers, and staff!
When our kids started at Good Shepherd several years ago, we could not have been happier. Fr Neal , Ms Nancy, the faculty and the school community could not have been better. However, our opinion of Good Shepherd has changed dramatically over the last 2 years to the extent that I struggle to even give it 3 stars. The administration is detached and aloof. Meanwhile, teacher:student ratios have swung wildly out-of-control and several new learning programs have been instituted without either proper staff training or effective parental communication. The school struggles SIGNIFICANTLY to challenge academically gifted children while, at the same time, leaving children who require extra attention completely to fend for themselves. Worst of all, I no longer feel as though the staff are interested in finding and cultivating the unique , good qualities resident in every student there. We are likely not returning in the fall.
Fantastic school, great Montessori program, talented and caring teachers.
We have one child at Good Shepherd in the traditional program and I cannot say enough good things about it!
We have two children there and could not be happier. THEY couldn't be happier. The only negative I have is that it is not as economically diverse as it was when our kids started there. It definitely feels more like a private Catholic school than it does a diocesan Catholic school. But the school community is incredible. The teachers are completely committed to their kids' success and Fr Neal is a perfect fit.
Both of my daughters attend Good Shepherd. One is in 8th grade and went through the traditional program from Kindergarden on. The other is currently in grade 3 in the Montessori program. I've found the school to be excellent academically and to be relatively free of the chaos that accompanies middle school age kids. Good environment, involved parent community and caring staff.
Our two kids flourished here. Supported by a warm community of compassionate, dedicated teachers and friendly parents, Good Shepherd instilled great values in our kids while teaching them about the world around them. We highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality education for their children. The fact that it offers a faith-based curriculum is a plus.
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