Why Good Shepherd School?
At Good Shepherd School we know that choosing an education for your children is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent. We firmly believe that a school should be an extension of and support to the life of the family. Our hope for your children is that they come to know and love what is True, what is Beautiful, and what is Good, that they learn to strive for virtue, and that they acquire the intellectual tools to fulfill their potential.
Rooted in the Catholic Tradition
Although Good Shepherd School is not recognized canonically (Catholic Code of Cannon Law §802), Good Shepherd School’s Board of Directors, Administration, and Faculty are committed to a faithful, authentic, and orthodox transmission of the Faith, in full unity with the magisterium of the Church. Good Shepherd School sees the life of liturgy, sacraments, and prayer as integral to cultivating sanctity in the ordinary, everyday circumstances of life. We are the only Montessori and Classical school in Loudoun County, committed to the Catholic Faith.
A Smart Investment
A Good Shepherd School Education considers the whole child, both academically and spiritually. Academic success is certainly a good, but it is not the Highest Good. Good Shepherd School students are encouraged to grow in their practice of virtue and their love of what is Good, True, and Beautiful. Most importantly, students are taught to seek Christ.
We keep tuition competitively low, while dedicating our resources to providing the very best academic experience possible, with a 1:9 teacher to student ratio. The culture and community of Good Shepherd School students reinforces the Faith of our families and forms a strong foundation for further studies and spiritual growth.
While unconventional in this day and age, a mixed-age classroom offers several advantages that a traditional classroom setting cannot. Following the successful model of our Montessori Primary program, our Elementary program is split into two multi-grade classes, Lower Elementary with grades 1-3 and Upper Elementary with grades 4-6. Class sizes are kept very small in order for the teacher to work with small groups of students at their own level. Students move at their own pace and ability through material, with consistent attention and support from their teacher. Younger children aspire to learn the work that they observe the older children doing. Older children take ownership of the classroom and often help younger children, a rare experience for middle and youngest children in the birth order. We encourage you to schedule a parent visit to observe our classrooms in action!
Will Good Shepherd School consider adding more grades?
Good Shepherd School considers the flourishing of a Catholic education in the Classical Western Liberal Arts tradition essential to the service of the families of Western Loudoun County. We continue to remain active in conversations to ensure the long-term availability of affordable and authentic education for Western Loudoun and surrounding communities.