5th 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)

Fifth graders enjoy time together!

The fifth grade religion instruction is focused on the Seven Sacraments. Students learn that through participation in the Sacraments we receive God’s sanctifying grace and are enabled to see God in others and ourselves.

5th grade students will learn how to do the following math skills based on the California Common Core Standards:

  • Focus on operations and algebraic thinking such as grouping symbols, evaluating, writing, and analyzing numerical expressions.
  • Focus on number and operations in base ten such as place value, reading, writing, rounding, and comparing decimals thousandths plus learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers to the hundredth place.
  • Focus on the four operations of fractions including unlike denominators plus study the area of rectangles.
  • Focus on the measurement of data including customary, metric, volume (unpacking unit cubes and formulas), and the interpretation of line plots.
  • Focus on geometry such as understanding the coordinate plane, graphing to represent problem situations, and analyzing properties to classify two-dimensional figures.

Students will strive to acquire adeptness at sentence structuring and organization for expository and informative styled writing.  Literature concepts will be introduced and mastered.  Elements of plot will be a primary focus.

All students will participate in “Portfolio” styled writing this year.  Students will examine the Step Up To Writing method for expository and narrative themed writing; utilizing the key components of proper paragraph structure and organization.  Specific concepts will include cohesion, effective transitions, agreement, peer editing, and the use of correct grammar and mechanics.  The junior high will utilize a universal form of editing language for the support of each other’s writing endeavors.

Students will work both individually and collaboratively in order to attain a strong foundation in reading, writing, and word understanding.  The curriculum will focus on the larger goal of preparing students for the reading standards and requirements of higher learning according to the Common Core.

In the 5th grade students continue to explore key concepts in earth, physical and life science. Through experimentation and the use of the scientific method, students learn how scientists develop and continually test their theories. Students also explore principles of engineering through hands-on design of a tower that can withstand wind. Through iterative design they learn how engineers build and test their models in the real world.

For 5th grade social studies, the focus is on American history. We will focus on Native Americans, explorers, the colonies, the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War and the development of our government. Students will be working with note-taking as class and independently. They will participate in multiple group projects to reinforce concepts. They will be learning study skills through creating flash cards and studying for tests. They will have debates on issues regarding the American Revolution and will be writing formal reports on topics.

Students in the 5th grade investigate how computer hardware and software works.  They begin to learn how information is stored in computers in binary form.  They dismantle and reassemble desktops computers, learning how to identify input, output, storage and processing components. They also begin to code robots and begin to understand how physical objects can be controlled through a programming language.