How old does my child have to be to be in your program?
A child needs to be age 3 or 4 by September 1st of their entering year to be enrolled in our programs. We follow the public school regulations regarding enrollment.
Does my child have to be completely potty-trained to be in your programs?
Yes. This means your child must be wearing underwear, not pull-ups, to school. We understand children in preschool may have accidents. This is why we ask families to provide a set of emergency clothes to be kept at school in case the need arises.
Do you have child care available?
Yes. We have before and after-school care available for those children enrolled in our programs on the days that they are in school. Our before school care begins at 7:15 am and runs until 8:00 am when children can enter the classrooms. After school care begins at 11:00 am for our part-time program children and 3:00 pm for our full-time program children. It runs until 6:00 pm.
What kind of curriculum do you use?
We are a faith-based program. We use our faith to help children make sense of the world in which they live. We have organized units around developmentally appropriate concepts, like “God Created My World” and “I Am Special – God Made Me!” and we integrate our faith into all lessons throughout the day. We use a curriculum designed by Concordia Publishing House for Religion. For letters and sounds, we use Jolly Phonics, which is the curriculum used by our local school districts. All of our lessons are designed to be in line with the state standards for preschool learning.
Is there any time to play outside in your programs?
Yes. All of our programs have time built into them for children to experience outside play unless the weather doesn't permit at which time we utilize the large indoor play area at our facility.
How do I make a tuition payment?
All tuition payments are made by direct debit through Vanco. An authorized payment is electronically transferred every month on the 1st or the 15th (or both, if you would like to split your payments) from you savings or checking account to Good Shepherd School. Tuition is divided equally over 10 months, beginning in August and ending in May. This service is provided at no cost to the parents, and forms are available in the school office.
A late fee will be assessed for each 30 days the account is past due: $25 for the first, $50 for the second, and $75 for the third. In the case of NSF, payment must be made in cash before the student can return to school. All policies are listed in the parent handbook.