About Good Shepherd Lutheran School
Learn what makes GSL a quality education for the growth and development of students
Welcome to GSL!
Good Shepherd is accredited through the state of South Dakota and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation(WELSSA) program.
We have four classrooms at our school: full-time kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8. Our school’s multi-grade classroom setting is immensely beneficially to the students academic achievement, personal relationships with other students and teachers, and the development of their Christian character. Our students graduate 8th grade prepared for a lifetime of Christian service and the ability to stand prepared for the challenges that high school will present There are several benefits from multi-grade classrooms to the students: repetition/review, family atmosphere, mentoring, etc. Students have a variety of classes throughout the school day which may take place in the classrooms, STEM lab, art room, multipurpose room, gymnasium, or sanctuary. You may also see them using our SmartBoards and Chromebooks (we offer 1-to-1 chromebooks for K-8).
Our doors open at school at 7:45 a.m. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Around noon the children eat lunch in our gymnasium. We provide microwaves for students to make a hot meal. Milk can be ordered separately. Children bring lunches from home each school day. We do not have a hot lunch program.
After dismissal at 3:30 p.m. children are excused to head home or attend our after school care program. The after school program accepts up to 15 children per day and lasts from 3:30–6:30 p.m. The current rate for after school care is $9.00 per day per child.
“Reaching children and families with God’s truth: spiritually, mentally, physically, socially”
All who attend Good Shepherd Lutheran will know Jesus through baptism and study of the Word. They are assured of eternal life through faith in Jesus and are equipped to benefit their community as they live a Christian life.
The ultimate objective of Christian education must serve to point out the very purpose of life itself—that we exist to praise, glorify, and please God, imperfectly in this life, but perfectly in the next.
Our objectives are that every child:
- has a thorough knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
- builds his/her life around faith in the Lord so that all thoughts, words, deeds, and relationships exemplify the life of Christ.
- is instructed, in every subject, to develop all the talents God has given for his/her use in the world as he/she does all to the glory of God.
- is prepared through discipline-based instruction for the next step of his/her education.
In keeping with God’s command to preach the Gospel to all nations, Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center admits students of any race, color, religion, or national origin. Neither enrollment nor any other of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to the children will be in any way restricted on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.
Academic Success and Christian Values
Every day parents bring more than 150 children to the Good Shepherd Lutheran campus to grow academically and learn the solid Christian principles that will guide them the rest of their lives.
Good Shepherd Lutheran is a state accredited Christian school that prepares students to succeed both spiritually and intellectually long after they leave our campus. Studies have shown elementary schools affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod perform better than the national average in academics. We incorporate God’s truths in to all of our academics as well as a teach daily lessons in Bible History, Scripture, and Doctrine. We, also, have answers to your questions about Common Core State Standards.
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.
† 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.”
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.
Lessons from God’s Word
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
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.
Considering Good Shepherd? Call today to set up and Educational Success Consultation!
We at Good Shepherd want to serve your family the best way we can. Contact our principal, Timothy Schubkegel, to talk about our school and all we offer. Or our competent and caring teachers are all happy to provide you with further details about their classrooms.
Now is the time to enroll your child in Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. Contact us to register your child or schedule a tour and find out why dozens of families choose the better elementary school option in Sioux Falls.
Call us at (605) 371-0047 today!
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.”
4800 Southeastern Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Mr. Timothy Schubkegel
Ms. Lizz Jensen