4th Grade

Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made

Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made for our daughter's education. The student to teacher ratio is excellent and makes me feel that my child gets the attention she needs to succeed. The teachers and staff are all friendly and alwaysavailable for any questions I may have.Although this is only our second year at Good Shepherd, I feel like I've gotten to know everybody, including the staff and students, in a way that wouldn't have been possible at a bigger school.
2016-09-16T01:01:44+00:00
Good Shepherd was the best choice we could have made for our daughter’s education. The student to teacher ratio is excellent and makes me feel that my child gets the attention she needs to succeed. The teachers and staff are all friendly and alwaysavailable for any questions I may have.Although this is only our second year at Good Shepherd, I […]

Good Shepherd School is comprehensive

As parents with children in multiple grades, our perspective of Good Shepherd School is comprehensive and we are proud to say that we can’t recommend it enough. Our experience has been exceedingly rich and gratifying. Not only do we feel that our children are receiving the best education,we are confident that their lives are being enriched through extraordinary teachers, extracurricular activities, and an interactive school environment that promotes morality and kindness. The collaborative approach that the teachers take to education, both through in-year consultation and as the children transition between years, produces an environment whereby each child’s needs/strengths are defined and addressed accordingly by the faculty collective. And their intuition is amazing. The teachers “open-door” policy and routine communication with the parents is a differentiator for the school.We are truly blessed to have found such an nurturing environment for which our children can grow and prosper.
2016-09-16T01:09:46+00:00
As parents with children in multiple grades, our perspective of Good Shepherd School is comprehensive and we are proud to say that we can’t recommend it enough. Our experience has been exceedingly rich and gratifying. Not only do we feel that our children are receiving the best education,we are confident that their lives are being enriched through extraordinary teachers, extracurricular […]

Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation

Our family lives in Pacifica and our children have attend Good Shepherd School for several years. Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation along with strong Christian values. The school encourages parent participation and we have a real sense of community. The student to teacher ratio is low,and our teachers are very committed to our children. We love this school!
2016-09-16T01:11:37+00:00
Our family lives in Pacifica and our children have attend Good Shepherd School for several years. Good Shepherd School provides our children with a solid academic foundation along with strong Christian values. The school encourages parent participation and we have a real sense of community. The student to teacher ratio is low,and our teachers are very committed to our children. […]

The close-knit and welcoming community made a huge difference

My older son transferred to Good Shepherd after attending public school while my younger son started Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. They were both immediately welcomed by their classmates and also by the student body as a whole. I was amazed that older students at Good Shepherd knew my children's names and interacted with them after school, at Extended Care (the after-school program) and at school events. I also found that the parents of Good Shepherd students were very welcoming andwe were invited to social events starting on the first day of school. The close-knit and welcoming community made a huge difference in both our sons' adjustment to a new school. I continue to be impressed with the diversity of the student body as well as the commitment to academics at each grade level. I am thankful we chose this school for our family
2016-09-16T01:13:51+00:00
My older son transferred to Good Shepherd after attending public school while my younger son started Kindergarten at Good Shepherd. They were both immediately welcomed by their classmates and also by the student body as a whole. I was amazed that older students at Good Shepherd knew my children’s names and interacted with them after school, at Extended Care (the […]

Family & Community Feel

We have been with GSS since 2013; now, both of my daughters attend GSS and we ALL LOVE it. If you are looking for a school that is small, challenges your child in academics, encourages teacher/parent involvement while maintaining a “Family\Community feel” then do consider Good Shepherd School. (Mr. and Ms. S., Children in 4th and 1st grade.)
2016-10-15T01:03:33+00:00
We have been with GSS since 2013; now, both of my daughters attend GSS and we ALL LOVE it. If you are looking for a school that is small, challenges your child in academics, encourages teacher/parent involvement while maintaining a “Family\Community feel” then do consider Good Shepherd School. (Mr. and Ms. S., Children in 4th and 1st grade.)

It really does take a village

It really does take a village to raise children and we are so thankful for the village (Good Shepherd School) that we have in our lives. (M.H., Parent)
2016-10-15T01:04:30+00:00
It really does take a village to raise children and we are so thankful for the village (Good Shepherd School) that we have in our lives. (M.H., Parent)

Students use technology to develop as Independent Thinkers

The focus of 4th grade religion is the Ten Commandments. Students will learn how to be positive role models, good citizens and respect all that God has created.

In religion, we take notes to help us remember important topics, take multiple choice and short answer tests, play review games and complete various creative activities.

At the end of the year students will participate in a “Living Saints Museum” in which they become a saint of their choice and perform for the school.

4th grade math covers quite a lot of material including addition and subtraction of numbers into the hundred thousands, rounding, 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication, 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication, long division, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators, converting units of measurement and geometry..

Over the course of the year, they will be completing math journal entries to learn concepts, play games to reinforce concepts, participate in partner work and demonstrate their knowledge of concepts on white boards, review games and unit tests.

Students in fourth grade will read a variety of short stories and novels in many different genres. They will focus on developing the skills of identifying plot, characters, main idea, cause and effect and author’s purpose while reading these texts. They also will develop their vocabulary and spelling through weekly homework and quizzes. Students will read novels independently and as a class. They will participate in discussions and literature circles on these novels to help with reading comprehension. Lastly, students will have projects on a variety of books to help them demonstrate their understanding of the material read and spark their creativity.

For writing, students will be writing information reports and essays, creating their own narratives and writing persuasive papers and opinion pieces. We follow a particular writing process to make sure students are drafting, editing, peer editing, revising and publishing a final draft.

The focus of 4th grade science is Earth, Physical and Life Sciences. They also will be introduced to basic concepts of engineering. One of the projects to reinforce engineering concepts is to design a straw bridge with straws and tape to hold the most pennies.

4th grade social studies focuses on California history. We will be covering topics such as the Native Americans, explorers, settlement, the missions, Spanish rule, Mexican rule, the Gold Rush, and California becoming a state.

Students will be note-taking, participating in class discussions, participating in various research projects and completing a mission project A lot of social studies projects will take place at school to learn how to properly research and report on a topic.

Students will learn Google Docs for education., robotics and how to create audiobooks throughout the year.