We recognize early adolescence as a unique stage of human development in which unprecedented physical, social, and emotional changes occur simultaneously with intellectual, conceptual, spiritual and moral development. It is with understanding of and respect for young adolescents that we design our middle school around their characteristics and needs, enabling each young person to successfully develop intellectual and personal potentials.
The Good Shepherd Lutheran School middle school is a community of learners where teachers are guides and partners with students in a relationship of mutual respect and trust. Parent involvement enhances and strengthens this learning community. Students are challenged to develop superior thinking skills and reach ambitious academic goals, while developing self-confidence and self-reliance. Curiosity and creativity are valued in an atmosphere that celebrates a zest for living and learning. Individual differences are recognized and cherished, while cooperation and a sense of community unite the school. The middle school nurtures an understanding of and appreciation for the arts, assists students in their moral, spiritual and ethical development, and establishes the notion that students are citizens of a global community for which they share responsibility.
The middle school continues the tradition and experience of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Elementary School by offering an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and by applying sound educational practices based on research and the experience of its teachers. Students are actively engaged in an experientially rich, hands-on program of study.