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.
I couldn't be happier with Good Shepherd. My children love it. The staff is highly qualified, the community is strong, and the academics are excellent. Not sure how the bad reviews came about, but if you surveyed all parents, I'm sure this would be a very different outcome. I know very few parents who are unhappy here, and most feel that their children are thriving. Good Shepherd kids have something like a 99-100% acceptance rate to the private high schools to which they apply and test scores are very high to show the academic strength here.
Good Shepherd is a wonderful school! It is filled with happy kids who are excited to come to school and learn. The parents are involved and supportive and many, many of the teachers have taught at Good Shepherd for over a decade. Just one visit inside the school and you can feel the warm sense of community and loving environment.
We have only good things to say about Good Shepherd after more than a decade of being there. Our children have been more than prepared for high school with exceptional grades and standardized test scores. More importantly, we have been told several times at high school conferences that students from Good Shepherd are consistently excellent -- intelligent, respectful, well behaved and very prepared academically. Socially, the school has been like family and has provided a wonderful community for our family for many years.