Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective families, please browse our FAQ.
What type of school is Good Shepherd?

Good Shepherd school was founded in 1930 and is a Catholic co-educational elementary school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. We are a culturally diverse school that reflects the cultures in Los Angeles. We are proud of how well our students respect and accept one another.

How many students attend GS?

Good Shepherd has approximately 195 students. We have one class per grade level (PreK3 to Grade 8) and we have a class average of 20 students.

Are there any age requirements?

Yes, a child must be at least 5 years of age by September 1st of the year they are to begin Kindergarten. For TK, students must be 4 years of age by September 1 and for our new PreK3 program (opens for the 2014-2015 school year), students must be 3 years of age by the same date.

Are only Catholic students accepted?

No, approximately 35% of our student body is non-Catholic, but all students are required to participate in Religion class and attend Mass.

Is GS accredited?

Yes, by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association.

What about the faculty?

All of our full-time elementary teachers are credentialed and all of them have a Master’s degree. In addition to the classroom teachers, we also have specialists in Spanish, Physical Education and Music.  Planet Bravo provides a technology specialist to work with our students in TK to Grade 8 and those same students benefit from the Barnsdall Arts – Artist in Residence program at Good Shepherd.

What subjects are taught?

Our curriculum includes: Religion, Mathematics, English, Literature, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Music, Fitness and Wellness, Art and Technology.

What extracurricular activities are offered?

Many activities are offered according to student interests. Over the past few years, students have participated in soccer, tennis, art, woodworking, Lego Club, Minecraft, Mad Science, guitar, and dance. The school offers opportunities for students to join Student Council, Yearbook, Choir and Sports.  Good Shepherd belongs to the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) League and participates in many competitive sports. Beginning in Grade 3, students may join a variety of sports teams, including cross country, golf, flag football, basketball, archery, and track and field events.  The 8th grade also puts on a Musical each year, allowing grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 to audition for the production.

Does GS offer a sports program?
Is there After Care available?

Yes, we offer after care Monday through Thursday from 3:15 – 5:30 PM and Friday from 12:45 – 5:30 PM in partnership with ARC after care.  PreK3 and TK students join our after care program in the preschool building.  ARC after care offers programming for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 in the main building.

What does the school schedule look like?

Our campus opens at 7:30am each morning for a start time of 7:50 for students in TK to Grade 8.  After morning assembly on the playground, classes enter the school building to start their day.  PreK begins each day at 7:50am.  Dismissal Monday to Thursday is at 3:00pm with a 12:30pm dismissal each Friday. GS currently follows a 180 day school year, beginning in late August and ending in mid-June.