It is indeed a joy and pleasure to welcome you to our school family. Our school enrollment consists of 40% members to 60% nonmembers. It is important to note, a student’s educational journey at Good Shepherd Lutheran School is greatly enhanced when parents become partners with the school. The partnership of parents at GSLS has been a blessing. The goals of Good Shepherd are to train youth of every ability in the highest principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship.
The number one goal of Good Shepherd Lutheran School is to see that each child develops to the fullest of his / her capabilities. Each activity and program is dedicated to our Lord and Savior, thus inspiring each student to dedicate all they do to His service.
The purpose of Good Shepherd Lutheran School is to provide each student with a quality Christian education. We recognize that this begins with the premise that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and in Him we have eternal life. The curriculum and all activities are developed around this premise.
- National Lutheran School Association
- Southern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
- Illinois Non-Public School Accrediting Association
All our teachers are synodically trained as well as Illinois certified.
8:15 am – 3:15 pm Preschool – Grade 8
WE BELIEVE a Christ-centered school, in which all subjects, moral values, discipline, and extra-curricular activities are taught from a Christian point of view, can be more successful in developing a child’s way of life than any other agency except the Christian home.
WE BELIEVE Good Shepherd Lutheran School, with its foundation firmly established in the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, offers to all students the highest quality Christian education, allowing each student to reach his / her fullest development educationally, morally, socially, and spiritually.
WE BELIEVE the quality of Good Shepherd Lutheran School lies, to a great extent, with consecrated and dedicated teachers and their desire to love and nurture each student.
WE BELIEVE Good Shepherd Lutheran School must carry out the Savior’s command to go and make disciples of all nations.
WE BELIEVE Good Shepherd Lutheran School follows the directive of our Lord, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” and thus makes Him the focal point of its educational process.
WE BELIEVE that the school in all its teachings and practices subscribes to and supports the doctrinal principles of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
WE BELIEVE that Good Shepherd Lutheran School should welcome children from different denominations and faiths or no faith at all as long as they are willing to learn what we believe. We respect the right of their personal belief, and we do not coerce anyone to accept our confession of faith. We look to the Holy Spirit to bring about the unity of faith that we know God desires.
WE BELIEVE that the future of the church, community, and the country lies in the hands of the children.
Therefore, as a Christian school, our school is one of the best agencies to:
- Preserve its pupils to eternal life in the kingdom of God
- Teach children their proper relationship to God and their fellow man
- Develop in children the necessary skills and attitudes to make them responsible citizens in the community
To those ends, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church operates, without profit, this elementary school to provide children quality instruction in all subjects in accordance with the tenets of biblical faith and in the interest of good citizenship
As Good Shepherd School strives to help each child physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, the following objectives have been established to fulfill the needs of the students and staff at this time.
The following objectives express the goals, which are necessary and important in providing for the total needs of the child in the Christian school.
The following objectives of Good Shepherd Lutheran School are that each child may:
- Become an active, equipped, professing Christian.
- Develop good character and self-respect by enabling him to develop pride in work and a feeling of self-worth.
- Learn to respect and get along with people with whom he comes in contact by learning about people, who think, dress, and act differently.
- Develop the ability to make responsible moral decisions and to act according to them by helping him to learn about and try to understand the changes that take place in the world around him.
- Learn how to be a responsible citizen through an understanding of democratic ideas and ideals.
- Gain a general education by developing skills in reading, speaking, and listening; practice and understand the ideas of health and safety; and learning how to use and examine information.
- Understand and practice the skills of family living.
- Develop a desire for learning now and in the future through an appreciation of culture and beauty in the world, and learning how to use leisure time.
- Develop skills to enter a specific field of work by gaining information needed to make job selections.