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Welcome to Good Shepherd School

Opened in 2001 as part of the vision of the late Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the Good Shepherd School provides an excellent education, paid for by benefactors, in a safe and nurturing environment to at-risk, underserved children in New Orleans. The effect of this exceptional academic opportunity is to empower these children by providing them with the tools to break away from the cycle of poverty into which they are born.

Graduate Spotlight: Andrew Joseph, GSS Class of 2008

Andrew (GSS Class of 2008) recently graduated from Jesuit High School (2013) with Honors and currently attends Cornell College in Iowa, where he is balancing his studies with an active extracurricular life including playing as defensive end on the football team, as well as member of a fraternity.  GSS is honored to highlight Andrew and his accomplishments, on and off the field.

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Majoring in Biology, Andrew intends to eventually go to medical school and become a doctor.  With a current GPA of 3.2, he is certainly on his way to achieving that goal.  When he is not hitting the books, Andrew spends a good portion of his day getting ready for football season by working out.  In 2013, his first season wearing a Cornell Rams jersey, Andrew led the team in tackles and posted a personal best 13 tackles, 2.5 stops, and half a sack in one game alone.


On top of his academic and athletic pursuits, Andrew is also an active member of Beta Omicron, a football fraternity.


With such a “full plate”, you would think Andrew is burned out; he is anything but.  In his own words: “I’m doing fine.  School is going really well right now.” As for sleep? “I get a little in, every now and then.”  To Andrew (and his family), we say, “Congratulations on your success!  We are so very proud of you.”

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4th Grade Religion Class Marches for Life and Peace

On Tuesday, April 1, the 4th Grade students held a peace rally and March for Life as the concluding action on their unit on the 5th Commandment: Do not Kill.



The students made posters and discussed the importance of standing up for life and what is right leading up to the event, and they marched around the CBD to spread awareness and to give witness to our shared belief that all life deserves our love, prayers, and respect.


The students, teachers, and parents were received warmly by the people on the streets as their message of hope was and is much needed in this Lenten season.

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Science Labs with LSU School of Health Sciences Students and Faculty

On Tuesday, March 25, the 4th and 5th Grade students participated in a workshop with students and faculty members of the LSU School of Health Sciences in which they learned about bones.


They learned about and were able to touch, feel, and examine the smallest and largest bones in the human body as well as various bones from different animals. This relationship will continue with future workshops including one on static electricity this week!


A special thank you to Ms. Sonia Gasparini for helping establish this partnership. Ms. Sonia also mentors a 5th Grade student and helps out with our Enrichment program.


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Good Shepherd Student Acknowledged for Success by Governor Bobby Jindal


On Thursday, March 27, Good Shepherd School fifth grader Brian Ridgley, Jr. gave the invocation at the Heritage Foundation dinner that featured Governor Bobby Jindal as the Keynote Speaker. After Brian gave the invocation, he and Gov. Jindal met and spoke for several minutes.

During his address,Gov. Jindal acknowledged Brian as an honor student at GSS and a recipient of the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

Cheryl Breaux, Brian's mom, Brian Ridgley pose with  Governor Bobby Jindal.

Cheryl Breaux, Brian’s mom, Brian Ridgley pose with Governor Bobby Jindal.

2014 Golf Tournament a Success!

The weather was absolutely perfect for the Good Shepherd School Annual Golf Tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Audubon Golf Course!
Tournament players register for the event.

Tournament players register for the event.

Royal Honda, the Tournament Title Sponsor, offered four Hole-in-One opportunities:

-a 2014 Honda Civic Coupe
-2 round trip airline tickets
-set of Callaway golf clubs
-a flat screen TV

Though the golf conditions were perfect, no one was able to sink a Hole-in-One.

From the entire Good Shepherd School Family, many thanks to the volunteers and others who contributed to the success of this event.

The winning ticket was purchased by an anonymous benefactor who named GSS as the recipient of the $10,000 prize money!


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