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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.

Parent Satisfaction with the Louisiana Scholarship Program

On Tuesday, the Good Shepherd School hosted a press conference which was covered by WDSU Channel 6 and the NBC Channel 33 affiliate in Baton Rouge.  The conference was hosted by the Black Alliance for Educational Opportunity (BAEO) and Louisiana Federation for Children.
Some of our parents as well as parents from Holy Rosary, St. Mary’s Academy, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor were in attendance.  The purpose of the press conference was to share the Parental Satisfaction Survey Results regarding the Louisiana Scholarship Program.

With almost 1,800 surveys returned, the results were overwhelmingly positive:

  • Over 91% of parents are happy with their child’s current scholarship school and academic performance
  • Over 98% of parents feel their child is safe in their scholarship school
  • Over 97% of parents feel welcome at their child’s scholarship school.

To view the video and read the accompanying story that featured on NBC33, please click here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Helena Hatch

Join us as we celebrate the volunteers that make an impact on our students’ lives. We will be spotlighting three of our hardworking, dedicated volunteers in the coming weeks.

This week, we are celebrating Ms. Helena Hatch. Helena is a volunteer Art teacher for Grades K-3. She not only teaches art, but also teaches the students about the artists whose work they create models of and helps foster the unique artist in each student.

Helena Hatch

Volunteer Since September 2013

How did you first hear about GSS?

Through St. Jude Community Center. I was referred to GSS by Sr. Beth Mouch.

Who/What inspired you to start volunteering at GSS?

I have had experience with Elementary Art Education in the past – most recently at Cathedral School and in summer programs for children at St. Jude Community Center.

I love the creativity and enthusiasm that children exhibit in art class. Their excitement at creating something fun, something pretty, is very fulfilling to me. I enjoy watching their sense of self-confidence grow as they experience success.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at GSS?

The children! They are truly energizing to my art spirit – I love and respect the staff at GSS, but the children have my heart! Their creativity is inspiring!

What is one memorable experience you have had volunteering at GSS?

After 2 weeks of presenting “Pablo Picasso, Cubism, and the Blue Period,” I came into Kindergarten on Week 3 and discovered the students remembered every detail!

 What words of wisdom or encouragement would you offer to the GSS family?

God bless each one of you. Thank you so much for giving me the privilege and opportunity to work with you to serve these beautiful children!

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.”

For pictures of Andrew in action on the field: Continue Reading →

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.

Continue reading for more pictures of the Peace Walk.

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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.


Follow through for more pictures of the event.