When is the admissions period?

Admissions “season” runs from September through March, with priority given to applicants who apply by January 31st. Applications are obtained by making an appointment to visit the school for a tour, where you will be given a packet and instructions on the process.  Late applicants, those applying to Good Shepherd after March 31st, will be considered pending available spots.

When are applications available?

Application packets are available in the Fall, one year in advance of the school year you are applying to.  Any forms filled out prior to that date will be considered an interest page only and used to reach out for the appropriate school year in which you intend to start. It is advised that you collect all items on the application checklist prior to submitting your completed packet, this will ensure that you will not experience any delays in processing.

Applications may be returned during office hours only: 

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Applications will not be mailed out or faxed.

*Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be part of the 2nd batch of applicants, and the student will be assessed at the Huntington Beach location.

Do applicants need to be tested?

All applicants must be tested in order to be considered for placement. An evaluation with Chancy & Bruce, an outside educational resource company, will be set up at the time you return your completed application for ALL incoming students. This is a developmental assessment to determine the appropriate grade placement for students in our program.

How old does my child need to be in order to apply for the PreK3 class?

Children must be 3 years of age by September 1st of the school year they are beginning PreK.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 per child.  This fee is due when you return your completed application.  Fee includes evaluation and testing.  A completed application and paid fee does not guarantee acceptance into Good Shepherd Catholic School. 

Since Good Shepherd is a Catholic school, do you accept persons of other faiths?

Yes, Good Shepherd admits students who qualify for admission without discrimination of gender, race, cultural or religious background.  However, as a Catholic school, it is a requirement that all students participate in the religion classes which are a part of the curriculum.

Do you accept students or transfer students after the school year begins?

If a space is available and you have gone through the complete application process, consideration may be made, usually within the first month of the new school year.

How much is the tuition?

The tuition for the 2021-22 school year is $10,120.00 for Grades K-8 and $11,770 for Grades Pre-K and TK.  Tuition is divided into 11 monthly payments payable from July until May.  You also have the option to pay in full. 

What is the class size?

PREK3 and Transitional Kindergarten have approximately 18 students each, while Kindergarten and grades 1-8 will average of 18-20 students per class. PREK3, TK and Kindergarten classrooms have 2 full-time teachers.

What are the school hours?

School hours for PREK3 – 8th are Monday through Thursday 7:50 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  On Fridays, school hours are 7:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where do Good Shepherd graduates attend high school?

The high schools our students attend include:  Immaculate Heart, Notre Dame High School, Loyola, Harvard-Westlake, Marymount, St. Monica, Crespi-Carmelite, Bishop Conaty, Marlborough and more…

Is there a sports program at Good Shepherd?

Yes, we belong to the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) & also play in FIYA. We offer flag football, basketball, cross country, archery, golf, track and field.  You may email our Athletics Director, Mr. Tony Moton, for more information on the programs available.  (

Do you offer after school care?

Yes, we offer extended day care from dismissal until 5:30 p.m. on school days.  We also offer a myriad of enrichment classes including robotics, theater, art, science, chess and more…arc runs our aftercare program and they can be reached via email ( or by calling (424) 789-0377.  There is an additional fee for this service. 

How can I obtain more information about Good Shepherd Catholic School?

To make an appointment to tour our school and receive an application packet, please email Mrs. Widmann, principal at or leave a message on our admissions line, (310) 275-8601 x1, with your name, contact number, email address, child(ren)’s name(s), child(ren)’s date(s) of birth and the grade(s) you are applying for.  Tours are by appointment only.