We have been preparing generations of young people to take their place as leaders of the community for over 40 years. As the only Catholic elementary school on the San Mateo Coast, we serve students from the coastal communities of Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada and Half Moon Bay as well as families from San Francisco, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Millbrae and Daly City.
A highly qualified and dedicated staff delivers an excellent academic curriculum based on the California State Standards. In addition to a solid core curriculum, all students have access to foreign language class (Mandarin). Our sixth-grade class participates in a week-long outdoor education program at CCCYO’s Camp Armstrong facility and our eighth-grade class spends a week in our nation’s capital. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum as teachers use Google Classroom, computer adapted assessments and the infinite resources on the internet to differentiate instruction to better meet the needs of all learners. In grades 4 through 8 each student has access to a laptop. In addition, a dedicated Computer Science Class prepares students to be productive citizens of the digital age through introductions to coding, learning the office suite of programs, digital 3-d modeling, robotics, and programming.
We partner with the San Francisco Opera Guild to introduce our students to the wonders of music and drama.
At Good Shepherd School we believe education is a process that includes every dimension of a student’s life: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, cultural, and physical. Extra-curricular programs such as Band, Boys’ and Girls’ Scouts, Student Council and CYO Athletics offer students more opportunities for growth. Our Extended Care program provides homework help and coordinates with the athletic program to ensure that our athletes can balance practice with study time.
As a Catholic institution, we are committed to promoting a deep sense of the dignity and uniqueness of every person and an appreciation and respect for all people. Commitment to the teaching of Catholic Social Justice is an integral part of our school. It is very evident in the weekly St. Vincent de Paul Lunch Program. Each Friday morning two classes with the help of their teachers and parents prepare 120 lunches for a soup kitchen sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in neighboring South San Francisco. The parents and students raise the money to sponsor the program, shop for the supplies as well as make and deliver the lunches
Our school community is a family and like a family, we are committed to giving our students the spiritual, social and academic tools they will need to be productive members of the 21st-century society.