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PK-8
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San Antonio, TX
Students enrolled: 319

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6914 Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX 78240

(210) 614-3741
(210) 692-7554
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August 13, 2014
I heard the kids in this school were a little rough, especially on the fields during games, but I thought maybe they were really competitive. We signed our 7 and 5yo up for camp this summer to test the water. On her 3rd day there my 7yo witnessed 3 girls bullying another. When she went to check on the girl she was grabbed from behind & held by one child while another kicked her! Teachers never mentioned it. We spoke with the director who assured us they would talk to the "one" who kicked her. I begged them to remind all students about bullying and how to report it. Two weeks later picking up my kids I heard chanting coming from the playground. Every kid on the playground (mine included) were surrounding a boy sitting on the floor chanting Cry Baby. Two teachers sat nearby chatting. I scolded my kids loudly and made them apologize, but walking away I realized the teachers never looked up and the kids were probably going to start up again. I had to go back & tell them to check on this boy. How can teachers ignore a child being bullied? In a Christian school! Again, director was unaware of it. I didn't feel my children were safe or being taught Christian values. That was our last day.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
Great school for my children. I have my 2 children sent to this school for 4 years and we loved it and will keep them in. Teachers are great and they did their best to help each child and treat them equally.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
This is the best school. The teachers are awesome. The teachers are always happy which they are not in other places. I love the curriculum and the hands-on education.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2013
SHLS has been the best educational decision we have made for our children. With so many private school choices in San Antonio, we choose SHLS year after year because our children have made great strides educationally and spiritually, and the school supports the same values and ethics we have at home. SHLS is an extension of our family, from caring school and church staff, high credentialed educators, to well run cafeteria, sports, tech, and extracurricular programs, all helping to ensure my children become the best they can possibly be. For me and my family, there is no other choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
Both of my children attended Shepherd of the Hills from preschool through 8th grade. Shepherd of the Hills provides a well-rounded education, focused on the whole child...spiritual, academic, social, and emotional development. Children attending Shepherd of the Hills are provided with many opportunitiies to develop their own individual strengths and abilities through strong academics, daily Bible lessons, weekly chapel, and varied extra-curricular activities such as band, sports, academic competitions through PSIA, scouts, and after-school clubs such as martial arts and jumprope, to name a few. Students are encouraged to be service-minded through supporting and encouraging a children's home in Haiti, and participating in student led service projects. Even though my children have completed their education, Shepherd of the Hills would still be my first choice in selecting a preschool through 8th grade program of education.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
We just completed a tour of this school and registered. We felt welcomed and felt the family feeling on campus. We have attended other schools and feel that Shepherd is a safe, friendly, academic atmosphere for our child. We feel strongly about this school, that we are not waiting for next year...we are enrolling right now!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
This school is INVOLVED. The teachers genuinely care about each of their students. They strive for top-notch education in all areas, and have recently taken great strides in the area of technology. The atmosphere is caring and Christian. My children love going to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School and Childcare has been home to our granddaughter for 3 years nows. She began in preschool and is currently in first grade. The faculty and staff put forth their very best effort everyday creating a warm, Christian environment. If you're looking for a school that lives up to their Mission Statement: "Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School and Childcare is a community of parents, students, and staff working together to foster Christ-like qualities in all we pursue: spiritual growth, academic excellence, social, emotional, and physical development," then this is the campus for you.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2013
Excellent christian school with excellent teachers. I have one child who goes to Shepherd now and loves school.Teachers are caring and supportive. Chapel on Wednesdays are AWESOME!!!! Parents are always encouraged to get involved with there class.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Nice nice Christian enviroment, but that's about it. Principal, very weak, not a strong leader or problem solver. Vice-principal even worse. Not a strong teaching staff, although there are a few outstanding teachers. My daughter, who went to Shepherd for three years, told me that Shepherd did not prepare her for high school. Have talked with other parents who share the same feelings, especially with math. Cafeteria food--forget it! With all the negatives, no wonder the number of students has dwindled. If a Christmas enviroment is what you're looking for, which was at the top of our list, then take a look at Shepherd. If not, do your child a favor & look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
I went to Shepherd of the Hills for 11 years. It was my second home, their daycare staff are nice, caring, fun and truly love their jobs, I was in daycare from 6:30am-8am then 3pm-6:30pm until middle school-it was a great way to get my homework done before I went home, way to socialize and have fun. Every year the teachers were great! We were challanged in aloof the classes but if we struggled we could always get 1 on 1 help. The principal is a wonderful lady who is passionate about her job, she is always available to talk or listen. Finally, Wednesday chapels were amazing with the school minister, he is a great man with a love of sharing the message and love of God to God's children. Parents love the chapel partner program, a younger student is paired with an older student and each month they meet for an activity and will sit together in chapel, this promotes unity throughout the school. Yes, kids will use "bad words" once they get into 5-8th grade, to act cool but all kids in all schools have this problem, the staff handles this problem and disciplines accordingly. I recommend Shepherd to anyone, good for the tiny tots to the big kids!

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2011
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School and Childcare is a wonderful place where God's love abounds. A Blue Ribbon School-A School of Excellence! *They have a clear educational philosophy and mission. Their approach to student discipline and safety is outstanding and carried out in Christian love and concern. SHLS encourages and monitors students' progress toward meeting grade-level standards Technology is used to support teaching and learning at SHLS The arts at SHLS fit into the curriculum. *They have an outstanding school choir and band. Extracurricular opportunities (sports, clubs, community service, competitions) are available for students. *All school weekly Chapel services for students, teachers and families are exceptional. Teachers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The Administrators are confident and interested in interacting with students, teachers and parents. Cannot say enough about this wonderful school and Childcare. *May God continue to Bless the wonderful Ministry at Shepherd of the Hills school and Childcare.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2011
My family has been richly blessed by this school. Shepherd of the Hills teachers are loving and caring, from the youngest babies to the junior high teachers. There is an atmosphere of Christ's love and excellent educational standards. I love this place!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
So grateful for this school! My child is currently enrolled in the preschool program at Shepherd of the Hills and she loves it. The daily activities (even during PE) that involve the letter of the week are awesome. Teachers and staff are friendly and professional. My daughter was even had her baptism birthday recognized during the weekly chapel service! This is the first school she has ever attended and I am so very thankful she loves it and her teacher.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
My youngest daughter now attends shepherd of the hills and enjoys going to school. We have had 2 daughters graduate from Shepherd of the Hills and they are now in college. I am thankful that shepherd of the hills provides both a quality education and a chirstian enviorment. The childrens chapal services on Wednesday are excellent!! Shepherd of the Hills family.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
As an older parent of a pre-schooler, I have found that Shepherd of the Hills is exceptional. This child has been at the school since she was 17 months old and this is my second time around at Shepherd. I have 3 older sons who have become outstanding Christian men.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2010
We moved here from Michigan in April and toured Shepherd of the Hills hoping to find a school for our two daughters similar to the one we left in Michigan. SH is really Lutheran in name only. Since most of the kids (we heard 90%) at Shepherd are not even members of the church the school is named after, they are forced to teach a homogenized version of Christianity which really isn't Lutheran at all. Ironically, we really liked the church and hoped the school would reflect the teachings of the church. It didn't. We met with staff and watched a chapel service and were very disappointed. If you're not a Lutheran and are looking for an alternative to public school SH might be the place for you. Facilities were old but generally clean. Sadly there is only one other Lutheran school in SA and that is where we ended up.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2010
My two children both attended SHLS and then went on to attend the Lutheran High School. The education they received in both schools was outstanding and they have been very successful in the colleges of their choice. I can't tell you what a wonderful environment the staff and administration have created in both of these schools. There is truly a spirit of Christ-like people working to foster the growth of our children, as their mission statement suggests. We love our Lutheran, Christian schools! P.S. It would be unrealistic to say either of these schools are 'perfect' because we do still live on earth, but if you know of any schools this side of heaven which can claim perfection, do let me know!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 31, 2009
Shepherd of the Hills has been a true benefit to all of my children. Our eldest son has succeeded beyond hopes in high school due to the training and learning habits instilled in his elementary and middle school years at Shepherd of the Hills. We have a daughter with special needs and her learning was always positively supported during her years at Shepherd. Her confidence and convictions as a Christian were richly nourished during her time at Shepherd. We have two other children still attending Shepherd of the Hills and we are confident that they are receiving a top-notch education along with a firm Christian foundation.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
My son came to Shepherd of the Hills in the 2nd grade. Immediately he was accepted by his peers and loved by his teachers. Within 3 months we had our 4 year boy and 2 year old girl enrolled. The principal is always there if you have any questions, and always has time and a smile on her face for you. The addition of school uniforms this year was a blessing. We are excited about the great education our kids are receiving and the Christ-like environment has truly been a blessing. The extracurricular activities such as band, choir, girl/boy scouts, gymnastics, jumprope, tae kwon do and the variety of sports offered is truly a blessing. As a parents, I love the fact that I can have my kids in all of these extracurriculars without having to leave campus. By the way, we are now in our 4th year at SHLS.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
We recommend this nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School to any and all military families moving to San Antonio. Terrific elementary and jr. high school. We will be so sad when we PCS and have to leave Shepherd! There is no other school like it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 15, 2009
This school has done wonder for my children! The small class sizes and caring teachers are so refreshing. I also use the daycare and feel much better about working full time knowing my children are in safe and loving hands. Thank you SHLS!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
I am a teacher here and have been for over 8 years. I love this school. I am not sure if many people know this but we get paid a lot less than the average public school teacher. All of the teachers make a sacrifice to teach here. Why do we do this? Because we truly do care for the children. We love this job and are not here for a paycheck. I think that says a lot. We could not make it without our wonderful administration. They truly care for us and for the children at our school. We work hard to make sure that our children feel safe and loved. I have considered going public but I just feel that this is too wonderful a place to be and I wouldn't want my own children anywhere else.

- submitted by a teacher
December 12, 2009
SHLS is terrific place to be a teacher or a student! The love of God is shared around the clock.

- submitted by a teacher
December 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2009
Our daughter started at Shepherd this year. We have had a wonderful experience - her teacher is amazing! Our daughter's self-esteem keeps growing and she is becoming more confident in her schoolwork.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
I have two children in the school one since Kindergarten and the other since the 2 year old program. I could not be any more pleased with Shepherd. The teachers are excellent as is the administration. I was impressed with the number of teachers with masters degrees and all are certified teachers. Of the schools I've looked at, the tuition charged compared to the credentials of the teachers makes the school an exceptional value. Chapel services are engaging to all, there's even a little-tykes chapel on Thursdays. Homework is relevant and challenging. Teachers hold high expectations and clearly love teaching kids. Very Christ-like in every way. I would not dream of sending my children anywhere else. My daughter has been pulled out for enrichment programs from time to time to receive more challenging work. Kudos!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
Both of my boys attend SHLS for k5 thru 8th grade. It is a wonderful school we felt like a family. In addition to a great Christian education they both were very prepared for High School. My oldest has been named a National Merit Commended Scholar and I credit the teachers at SHLS with helping him to achieve this honor.

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June 08, 2009
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January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
Our daughter graduated in 2008 and only went to middle school. Positives: mostly nurturing teachers, high quality friends. New students were accepted into some circle of friends. Everyone has recess before school! Unstructured play helps reduce behavioral issues. Testing is on national level, not standardized. It was so refreshing to not see TAKS testing tips in textbooks! And the curriculum exceeds the TEKS standards. Negatives: Homework is necessary, but it was overkill, required even over weekends and holiday breaks. However, this prepared her for high school pre-AP classes. Writing must be in blue or black pen, and in cursive or the answers are wrong. She complained that some boys used bad language that the teachers didn't notice. Delinquents are removed eventually. We wish we sent our other child here instead of Pat Neff!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 27, 2008
My child did not enter the school until after 3rd grade and was never quite looked at as the students there from Kinder. The issues with conduct or swearing by students was not directed because 'We are trying to reach everyone.' There are some outstanding teachers that love the kids. My child now in high school is in AP classes with As and Bs but could not meet the perfections standards at SHLS to dot the I and cross the t at the right angle. I so wish they could have looked at the whole child and not put the letter of the law as number one priority.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2008
My child has now graduated from SHLS. Quality of education good. However, during the nine years of attendance at this school they were filled with harrassment and bullying. The administration had been notified and the harrassment was never addressed or squelched. Based on that I feel the administration is weak and you must really make a big scene for them to even take notice of the situation. They will not act unitl you force the issue.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 18, 2008
I have read some of the reviews on here and feel compelled to ask a question, Does it seem as though some of the negative comments were written by the same parent? Do the readers a favor and keep your postings limited to one review. My family loves this school. Strong Christian environment, great curriculum and faculty. I give this school two thumbs up. As far as the principal is concerned, Mrs. Gary is a caring and kind person. Maybe the reviews that state otherwise were written by busy body parents who don't have enough to do?

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
My son, an eight grader is completing his second and final year at SHLS and we cannot be more pleased with the education and the caring environment the teachers, staff and students have provided. His one year as a sixth grader in SSAISD was troubling to say the least so we were extremely pleased to enroll him at SHLS. Although the commute is difficult, we have never regretted our decision. I was especially impressed by the welcome he received as a new student last year. He reports that discipline in the classrooms is not a problem. An adequate amount of homework is always required and the teachers are always accessible and full of optimism and joy. High praise for this school. I just wish the school could continue through the 12th grade but I realize the space is limited.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 21, 2008
I am very disappointed. My young child was bullied by a middle school kid. The school knew prior to enrolling this child that he has problems but that it not keep the school from enrolling the child. It is all about tuition, student #'s, and not the christ-like environment. Principal had no response-like usual. A new strong caring principal would do that school a whirl of good.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2008
We have been very happy at Shepherd. We have several children here and agree it is a nurturing, Christian environment. We're military and have experienced a wide variety of school settings. Shepherd impresses us from the principal on down to the families we have met here. We looked at several private schools when we moved here and Shepherd was the natural choice for us. The teachers are well-qualified, committed and caring. The principal is very professional, compassionate, and a strong Christian. Perhaps we have been fortunate but we have never had difficulty in contacting her. All our kids' teachers maintain good communication with us. Whenever we have had a question or concern the teachers have been patient, polite and helpful. My middle schooler reports prayer and christian values/discussions stressed in her classes. All the kids are encouraged to behave in a Christ-like way. Our kids, and we, are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
The school has been a hugh disappointment. The principal is rarely on campus or accessible to the parents. There is profanity spoken by students that goes untouched. Not a Christian environment! Teachers are are wits-end and they still have a semester to finish up. Not recommended if you are looking for christian values to be taught to your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
The teachers are very loving. Everything revolves around God which is great. The tuition does keep raising every year though. This is my sons third year there and it was raised again. Also, the lunch price keeps going up every year. They also don't offer multiple child discount unless you have more than one child in kindergarten or up. So if you have one in 2nd grade and one in 4k you will not get a discount.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
Great teachers and a strong Christian based curriculum. I have several children there and all have had teachers whom I felt really cared about them and their success. Adequate sports program that is not extremely competitive. Therefore, all kids get playing time, unlike public school. My kids will continue to attend this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
Teachers seem stressed. Good curriculum, but if your child needs special attention on a subject, accomodations lacking. Principal was inaccessible. My attempts to contact her were ignored.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
Teachers are extremely loving,and caring, but a bit overworked. The classes are very large, the same as public schools. The tutition and registration raises every year but they never add any teachers. They have one of the highest registration fees of all the private school comparable in their class. They do not have a full time special education teacher, only part-time and she is stretched to her limits so it is hard for your child to get help if he has special needs. The don't have many extracurrical activites. They also do not wear uniforms which makes the appearance of the school a bit sloppy. The Chapel and the children's pastor is the bomb and the kids love him, other than that the school gets a C rating.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
What a great Christian school! My son is in their 3K class and we could not have put him in a better program. The curriculum is outstanding and the staff is wonderful!

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Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran School
6914 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX  78240
(210) 614-3741
Last modified Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top