It is an academically rigorous, caring, and respectful school that encourages creativity and leadership. And our daughter is having fun while learning. We moved her here after becoming frustrated by behaviors and the slow pace of another school. We really could not be more pleased.
Both my children attend Good Shepherd and we couldn't be happier. We considered a couple of other private schools in the area (Greyland, Colorado Academy, St. Anne's). Ultimately, we decided to go with Good Shepherd because not only is the school top notch academically (top 2% nationally), but everything else it has to offer. Such as an unbelievably great community of families that are all very involved with the school and their children, families that have become great friends in and out of school and families that are trying to instill the same values (family, faith, education, confidence, etc.) and goals in their kids as us. Additionally, many of the top private schools focus 100% on test scores. Good Shepherd clearly does that as well, but also provides my children with a more well-rounded education also focused on religion, arts, self-esteem, etc., which helps us as parents to raise well-rounded, good people that will help make this world a better place for everyone. Finally, it does also help that the cost is ~$6K / year versus $25K / year for those other schools.
My child has attended DS 2 years. The experience has been great. That emphasis on Catholicism centers on mercy and helping those less fortunate. The church history is also emphasized which more than I received in the 1970's. The staff is smart and generally young with a very positive vibe. I like the administration. Overall, a very committed set of educators. I have absolute confidence that my child will be ready for High School. I find the kids that attend are well mannered and polite, at least to me as a parent. Great School.
We've loved the the families and the joint church/school community. Religious education isn't for everyone in that you'll need to be comfortable that your kids will pray. Our take on the religion: we're grateful for the values that are instilled via the church element, and also appreciate that the school's religious bent is more service oriented (helping others) versus strict by the book Catholicism. We have found it a loving and structured environment for our family, with a religious bent around goodness and kindness.
I am surprised to see the few bad reviews here on GreatSchools, in that we think the school is spectacular and are so very pleased with our experience there. (There is one early grades teacher who does not use a particularly kind tone in talking with her students, so this perhaps could sway some parental opinions. We've already had family discussions that such a tone is not ideal; I imagine the school has asked this teacher to bring a more positive and caring tone).
Visit for yourself and see the feeling you get. We visited, and immediately knew it was the place for us: loving, nourishing, engaging. And ALL the teachers and aides our kids have had seem spectacular to us. Couldn't imagine them better.
We love it. Love it.
We have been at Good Shepherd for 13 years--it has been an incredible experience for our family. Our two children have completely different learning styles and both flourished with support, creativity and leadership we found at Good Shepherd. Our older son was extremely well prepared for high school-- not only in the classroom, but as a young man that was comfortable communicating with teachers and coaches. New Principal Strawbridge is taking it to the next level for future students! Love the vision for GS as it continues to grow!
The new Principal, Mark Strawbridge who came in the Fall of 2015 is EXCELLENT - He is a great leader and mentor and along with the Pastor, they are revamping much of what needs improvement. The community of families and sense of love of learning and of one another is exceptionally strong and has been in place for a long time. My family needs and shares with this loving community so that our kids can better do well in life and specifically, in relationships. The academics are good enough to excellent, depending on how good of a student and learner your child is, because what happens in the home environment greatly impacts a child's success. Good Shepherd actively teaches to higher and higher standards of excellence and that teaching is well rooted in character building. With Good Shepherd, our kids are becoming successful people in our society, not just successful academics.
It is the most expensive Catholic school in Denver and not worth it. There is racism and bullying that is ignored by teachers. We got a letter from middle school math teacher that we need to teacher new math concepts and they are tested on them daily without instruction from the math teacher. Why am I paying when I am homeschooling?
Disappointed with low quality of education. There is very little creativity in the classroom and teachers with either lack of experience or don't care to teach to every student. There is not much effort to make learning exciting or stimulating. It's a bunch of worksheets, textbooks, and lectures. Poor leadership that will also take years to rebuild and change. Too bad. Used to be a strong school.