Do you have questions about our elementary school? We hope these Did You Know? documents will help you understand strengths of our school.
In a recent study by a national education research firm, third- through eighth-grade students attending Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod schools are scoring above the national average in academics.†
Normally half of all students in the U.S. are expected to perform at or above the 50th percentile. In comparison, 67-75% of WELS students scored at or above the national level in reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies.
Statistics also show that the longer the students attend WELS schools the higher they are performing in these academic skills compared to the national levels.
If you want a high-quality education for your children, please call us today!
† Fall 2010 study, ECRA Group
A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE
“My wife and I choose to send our children to Good Shepherd Lutheran School because we want them to have a strong foundation for their faith — a faith that will serve them well throughout their lives.
An additional blessing is the terrific education they are receiving. Good Shepherd students typically test higher than the state average. We know that the low student-to-teacher ratios in our classrooms really help in that regard.
We’re very thankful to have an opportunity to send our kids to a school where they’re taught by extremely experienced staff and teachers, and that everything they learn is based in Scripture.”
At Good Shepherd Lutheran School, all children are taught a lesson in the Word of God on a daily basis. Each lesson has been carefully developed by pastors and teachers of the Wisconsin Synod. This curriculum is called Christ Light, and its foundation is the inspired Word of God, the Bible.
These lessons are taught in addition to all the usual subjects you’d expect a student to learn in school — by a team of highly trained teachers who share the love of God with every child, in a loving Christian setting.
We’d be delighted to explain how your child could benefit from a Christian education at our school! Just call or stop in anytime.
A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE
“The value that we see in a Christian education for our children is priceless.
I can drop off my child every morning and watch him walk into a school and know that the teachers, along with all of the students and their families, share the same values as we do. Everything is centered on Christ. We know who’s the focus. That’s our Lord and Savior. I don’t think you can put a price on that.
I strongly believe that there isn’t a better education out there. Not only do I know that my son is in a safe and loving environment, but I know it’s one that challenges him, and will challenge all of our children.”
By learning Bible passages and hymns, our students gain a deeper understanding of God’s love for them. And that’s not all.
According to author Sandy Fleming, educators are rediscovering that in addition to getting the facts or passage into the student’s mind, memory work also has several other benefits. It develops concentration skills and study habits. Memorization paves the way for understanding how to study from a textbook later in the school career. Children learn which memory aids work best for them, and the conditions that help them learn most efficiently. In fact, the more memory work that most people do, the easier it is to remember things when they choose to do so.
A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE
“I’ve taught at Good Shepherd for over thirty years, and every day I have the privilege of sharing Christ with the kids at school. Not just during Bible History hour, but throughout the day. We teach God’s truths in the classroom, when they’re out at recess or at lunch, or wherever. We try to live our faith and we encourage the children do the same.
Earlier this year, one of my students said, ‘My 4-year-old cousin died. Can we pray for her family?’ We can do that. Throughout the day, when those kind of things come, we share our faith. That’s our goal for the kids, to share their faith.”
Mrs. Sue Lindwurm
Lower grades teacher
Good Shepherd Lutheran School is determined to share a well-rounded education with each student. In order to accomplish this, students are regularly asked to take part in community projects. Some of our recent projects include: cleaning up the trash at the local park, collecting clothing for the Children’s Inn, and collecting food for Feeding South Dakota.
We like to have our children involved in community projects so that they understand the importance of being an active community member and also a member of Good Shepherd.
A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE
“Both of our children attended and have now graduated from Good Shepherd. I can tell you that the teachers love every one of these students as if they were their own.
Good Shepherd students get an excellent education, and it gives them a solid foundation to go out into the world. The teachers and the staff give them the foundation they need to live their lives as Christians. We wouldn’t want it any other way.
We’re so glad our kids received the Christian education they did. It will serve them well for the rest of their lives, regardless of where life takes them.”