Good Shepherd School uses the California Common Core English Language Arts Standards as the foundation for the Language Arts Curriculum. These standards establish what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Students learn to closely read and analyze critical works of literature and an array of nonfiction text. They are taught to use research and technology to sift through available information and evaluate what is important. They are encouraged in work collaboratively, sharing and reforming viewpoints through a variety of written and speaking applications. Teachers use various methods to enhance student learning in Language Arts. Small and large group student centered lessons are used to guide students to discover, analyze, reflect, and explore their roles as independent thinkers. Some activity based methods used to instruct and explore are interviews, debates, mock trials, participation in musicals, and reading buddies.
Kindergarten through Fifth Grade uses a comprehensive Reading Program that incorporates Literature, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling, and Critical Thinking Skills. In the Sixth through Eighth Grades students continue with the Prentice Hall Literature Series. Step Up to Writing is used throughout the grades. This program provides consistency throughout the grades by using a structured approach to writing across the curriculum. Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders learn to use the APA and MLA formats when writing papers.