We offer a variety of classes for each age level from 12-months old through Kindergarten as well as afternoon enrichment programs.
This program is designed for the 12-18-month-old toddler. It is a fun introduction to socialization and language skills, music, story time, art experiences, and outside play. Parents/caregivers share questions and enjoy interacting together as they watch the children develop and grow.
Friday, 9:15-11:15 a.m.
This class affords older toddlers (18-23 months) experiences which promote socialization and development of language skills. It provides the children the opportunity to explore activities in music, art, story time, and outside play. Parents/caregivers enjoy observing the children’s growth throughout the year, as well as participating in discussions about child development.
Monday 9:15-11:15 a.m.
This program is designed for children who are turning
2 years old between September 1 and December 31. During the Fall Semester, children and their parents/caregivers attend the Tuesday Busy Bears class. (See above for the Busy Bears’ program description.)
Beginning in January, children will attend the J2s class two mornings a week by themselves rather than one morning a week with a parent/caregiver. J2s provides an opportunity for children to attend school by themselves and to help further their socialization skills and foster independence. J2s’ children will have the choice of enrolling in next year’s 2-Day 2s or 3-Day 2s class.
September-December: Busy Bears, Tuesday, 9:15-11:15 a.m.
January - May: J2s, Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Developing speech, pretending and establishing a unique identity are the work of the two-year-old. Here the curriculum is designed to encourage the children to enjoy a positive school experience and to socialize. To enhance developing language and cognitive skills, they learn finger plays, simple songs and poems. They listen to stories and work on creative projects that develop their listening and fine-motor skills. Simple group activities and exploration of the dramatic play area encourage the transition from solitary to parallel play. Outdoor play aids in large-motor-skill development. Units on Families, Transportation, and Pets nurture their imaginations as they grow towards independence.
2-Day 2s, Tuesday & Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m.
3-Day 2s Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.
The Threes’ program offers children the opportunity to learn through active, playful involvement, while promoting readiness skills, socialization, creativity, and the idea that learning is fun. In addition, listening and language skills are enhanced through a multi-sensory approach that includes activities with numbers, colors, letters, and shapes.
3-Day 3s, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
5-Day 3s, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. - open to three-year olds who are ready for a five-day school experience.
This program integrates a curriculum designed to enhance the development of the “whole child” with an emphasis on individual needs. Readiness skills, creativity, socialization and imagination are emphasized through the use of games, social studies, science explorations, and additional activities that encourage visual and auditory perception and discrimination. Attention is focused on strengthening fine and gross motor skills.
Pre-Kindergarten, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Four-Year-Olds, Extended Pre-K
Extended Pre-Kindergarten has the same morning curriculum as Pre-Kindergarten. Science, technology, drama, and French skills are introduced and expanded upon during the three afternoons.
Extended Pre-Kindergarten, Monday & Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Kindergarten curriculum emphasizes reading readiness, phonics, and mathematics in preparation for a pre-first or first grade experience. Academics and a sense of order blend with spontaneity, creativity, and fun. Classroom activities foster a love of learning, while at the same time provide fundamental building blocks for future learning. Emphasis continues to be placed on cooperative and dramatic play as this encourages the development of the imagination and ultimately greater flexibility in thinking and coping skills.
Kindergarten, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Early Morning Drop-Off
Children enrolled in our Three-year-old through Kindergarten programs who are toilet trained may arrive at school early and engage in supervised play. The children will then be taken to their classrooms at 8:50 a.m.
Early Morning Drop-Off, Monday-Friday, 8:15-8:50 a.m.
Children enrolled in an afternoon program, Extended Pre-K or Kindergarten may stay for supervised play and be picked up any time between 3:00-3:30 from the Parish Hall.
3:30 Pick-Up, Monday-Friday, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
"Good Shepherd School has been an important part of my family's life for the past 9 years. All three of my children have benefited from the nurturing, supportive environment - and they thrived as a result. Trevor, Emma and Drew established a true love of learning while at GSS and they were more than prepared when it was time to move on to elementary school. The teachers and staff are incredible and make the school a truly special place - not just for the kids, but for the parents too." – Karin L.