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Good Shepherd Day School

Private | PK-7 | 70 students

We are best known for welcome to all faiths.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $151,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted April 30, 2011

Indeed we had two Interim Principals during the past two years as we searched for the most qualified person to lead the School. Good Shepherd is a special place where we respect the dignity of every child, challenge our students and welcome all faiths. During this interim period most of our parents have supported our decisions. But, most important is that the education of our students continued in excellence thanks to our dedicated teachers and a supportive governing body. Also important is that during this period we have placed the School on sound financial footing. Another major change last Fall was the adoption of the innovative Project Child concept of education. We are the only school in Charlotte County to utilize this progressive hands-on method that overwhelmingly has produced excellent results. Speed was never our main selection criteria and now, after an exhaustive search, we welcome our new Principal who comes to Good Shepherd with 20 years elementary school experience, including 8 years leading a private K-8 school.

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Posted February 25, 2014

This school is AMAZING! My children have been going here three year, and I have to admit our first year was hectic as a new principal, and group of teachers were then taking over. I'm so glad we stayed! The new principal has been a Godsend, she truly believes in these children and their education. As for the teachers, I can not praise them enough, they make my children excited to go to school everyday (in fact, it is difficult to get them in the car at dismissal). When it comes to my older daughter I am so thankful that above and beyond academics, she has learned the importance of being a good person and making good choices. Both important lessons I think get lost in translation in most schools these days. And for my younger daughter, I don't know where to begin. I have a kindergartener that plays the violin, is learning spanish and is reading and doing math far above her level. I love that the class sizes are small enough to allow her this opportunity. Also the Childrens Garden is an amazing experience. Where math, science, conservation and sustainability come together for another great lesson my children will be able to take with them into the future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2014

Good Shepherd is more of a family than a school. The teachers truly care and are passionate about what they do, even with kids such as my son who are a little difficult to work with. I send my kids to school, knowing they are in good hands, to an environment they thrive and learn in.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2013

The task of making the decision of where to send our child was an extremely hard one. We like so many before us have found peace and comfort at Good Shepherd Day School. The school works hard to insure that each child and parent are well informed as to the needs and progress of all who attend. This school has a great Christian program where our children are taught not only the subjects needed to insure a good education but also the values of treating others with respect and an enduring sense of right and wrong. We are thankful for Good Shepherd Day School. It s a place where our children receive the needed help and support from a loving staff that focuses on the family as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2013

My wife and I visited every school in the area before choosing Good Shepherd D.S. as our child's school. This school is exceptional. They provide a great academic program and just as importantly they have an environment and culture that makes my son actually want to go to school in the morning. At Good Shepherd your child is an individual and the teachers really care about their students and want to help them learn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2013

This school has an outstanding track record for it's focus on education. My children are grade levels ahead of those students that are at public schools and we are proud to say that we are GSDS parents.
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Posted September 30, 2013

My School is Good Shepherd Day School in Punta Gorda Fl. My children have been attending G.S. since they were 15 months old. I cannot begin to say enough about the calibre of educators the staff represents. Public Schools wanted to stamp my children with an ESE label and let them fail kindergarten if necessary citing at their age they would not know any different. I disagreed and so did Principal Slattery. Together we developed a plan of action for my children and I could not be happier. They are engaged and eager to learn doing things I was told they would struggle with. Their success is a testament to what a loving and truly nurturing environment can do for children. I once wrote that I firmly believed the future of my children's academic sucess lay in the hands of Good Shepherd. That statement has been reinforced tenfold as I look forward to each afternoon to a pair of excited voices sharing the knowledge they learned that day with all the wonderment discovery brings.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2013

We are so happy that we found Good Shepherd Day School. We are very pleased with the education that our son is receiving. The staff is caring and really takes time to get to know the children. I would highly recommend this school.
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Posted September 29, 2013

Good Shepherd Day School looks at each child as an individal and takes the time to meet their needs. They look for new ways to get the children excited about learning. My children love going to school now! They are learning to play music and sing a variety of songs, Spanish,Art and PE. They are deveeloping good relations that will last a life time. I am thrilled with GOOD SHEPHERD DAY SCHOOL in Punta Gorda.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2013

Good Shepherd is a wonderful school! The teachers care greatly for the children and it shows. The education they provide can't be beat. They are very hands on. My daughter learns something new everyday. I am so glad that I found this school. My daughter will attend until they don't have a class for her grade!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2013

Good Shepard is not only a school but a family. Each students needs are met with the innovative and progressive teaching. It's not just a classroom and books. They do so much more. I'm very pleased with Good Shepard and would recommend this school to others
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2013

We feel blessed with this school. The quality of teachers and curriculum are second to none. The principle gets involved on a personal level with all aspects of the student's development. Teachers truly care and communicate with parents regularly. The student ratio is incredibly small so teachers can fine tune their approach with students on an individual basis. We moved from another private school in Charlotte County that in no way comes close to the quality of this school. I highly recommend it!
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Posted September 29, 2013

Great School, great Principal, great, Faculty, great community. Joy and caring mark this faith based school where education comes in many different ways to students who are met on an individual level. Things keep getting better at Good Shepherd Day School, Punta Gorda.

Posted September 26, 2013

Good Shepherd is a unique family oriented school whose main focus is to teach all children, regardless of abilities, in their unique learning style while exposing them to many modalities to encourage success. As principal of the school, I am dedicated to the supportive environment and believe we all need to work together to ensure our student's productivity and ultimately flourishing as independent learners. Good Shepherd school has highly qualified teachers who believe in our mission to build a better world, one child at a time!
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Posted September 10, 2013

Good shepherd is growing and improving under current leadership.. It offers foreign language for little ones, gym, music, and art much more intensive than the public school. The administration is caring and available.
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Posted April 24, 2013

Good Shepherd is a great school! My children are happy and learning. They have many offerings that you will not receive in a public school. Besides the main classes they have Spanish, gym, PE, and music - every week! They are getting a well-rounded education! The staff is small and strives to reach my children's needs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 15, 2013

My children have been going to school here for 4 years & yes it has seen its share of changes, but through it all the children have been the focus. All things change & sometime change again to get it right. They did not give up and except status quo, they kept striving and demanding the best that there was to offer. This is an outstanding school with a genuinely caring staff that is second to none. Thank you Good Shepherd Staff & Administration for all that you do, keep up the GREAT work!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2012

I was a parent at this school for four years and I have since enrolled my children at another Christian school. I am extremely disappointed in how behind my kids are. They went from straight A's at this Project Child School to failing and their new school. Too many changes and took place during my four years and the staff does not communicate with the parents. Numerous things took place last year that were unacceptable and it seemed as if i had to tell the administrators how to handle the problems. I am so happy I left!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2012

This school continues to grow and strengthen! You should check it out! The enrollment numbers continue to grow and I as a parent feel good about where things are going. We are growing in the most effective way...slowly to build a strong foundation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 19, 2012

In the 2010/2011 academic year we really thought things were going well at the school. However, as another person has put, the Prinicpal who had been a valuable member of staff for almost 7 years disapeared into thin air. The Principal was the sole reason for implementing Project Child although many senior members were against the program. He increased student role to over 80 children - a first at the school! It is interesting to read what the new Principal has put in the April comments - what did the old Principal do wrong if the school still uses the same program!!!!!! IReports are stating that numbers are as low as 36 students - Why if before the old Principal left were they an all time high? Go to this school with real caution and open eyes and ears. A former concerned parent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2011

We left this year, due to constant changes, loss of a good Principal and a church that has no idea how to educate. We are better off now!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 42%
Hispanic 8% 29%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1800 Shreve Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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