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.
There are many things that make the Good Shepherd School unique. Our school provides an intensive, year-round education attending to the specific needs of at-risk children in order to foster academic and personal growth. Integral parts of our K-7th grade program include:
Extended-day and year-round
Tuition paid for by benefactors
Small student / teacher ratio
Parental/family involvement & development
Faith-based, character-oriented curriculum
The accomplishments of our mission are also currently seen in quality local high schools, such as Jesuit High School, De La Salle High School and Mount Carmel Academy, where the almost fifty graduates are working hard to continue to fulfill their potential and pursue their goals. We will continue to monitor their success and provide them with social and academic support through our Graduate Support Program.
Because our student population comes from low-income families, we depend entirely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to pursue our important mission. We would be grateful for your financial contribution to assist with day-to-day operating costs and to secure the long term viability of the Good Shepherd School.
We would like to invite you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you in this work to which God has called us. We are confident in the words of Saint Paul: "You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity."
The Good Shepherd School
The Good Shepherd School has been a participant in the Louisiana Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence (SSEE) since its inception in 2008.
All scholarship students beginning in Grade Three must take one of Louisiana’s high-stakes standardized tests. The school year 2011/2012 was the first year Good Shepherd School administered the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program [iLEAP] test. Our Third Grade scored the highest among all Third Graders in the SSEE Program. The State average in all subjects and all grades [3-8] was 68 % basic or above. In this previous round of high-stakes standardized testing, Good Shepherd students scored at 78.5 % basic or above across all subjects –- 10 points higher than the State average.
SSEE Program Third Grade iLEAP Average Basic and Above:
Social Studies: 52%
Social Studies: 71%
Our Mission Statement
The Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School, Inc., seeks to help low-income, urban youth in order to realize their fullest potential as productive members of society by providing them with an extended-day, year-round, quality education, integrated with personal, moral and spiritual development, and continued guidance during the students' further education.
The Judeo-Christian values which have inspired the Nativity model include a respect for the dignity and potential of each person, a responsibility to assist the poor and those in need, a strong sense of community within the one family of God, and the obligation to promote a society characterized by social justice. In this Nativity model, students are enrolled without regard to race, color, religion, or ehnicity.
A Message from Our Principal
At the Good Shepherd School, we strive to provide our students with the type of environment that is challenging and academically sound, nurturing, positive, productive, safe, and one that allows them to attain their highest potential through hard work, effort, and support.
Our mission charges us to seek and help low-income, urban youth realize that they are God’s creations and precious in His sight. Through the quality education we provide for our students, we are helping them break the cycle of poverty and become productive members of society.
The high expectations we hold for our students are designed to help them become lifelong learners with strong self-confidence and high self-esteem. Our school community strives to live by our school pledge each day, which is:
“Today I pledge to be the best possible me. I will practice kindness, act safely, work responsibly, and show respect. No matter what I do, I know I can become better. I pledge to believe in me.”
We consider our parents very important members of our school community and respect them as their children’s primary educators. We firmly believe that when the school and the home work closely together for the sake of our children, there are only winners, and through a positive partnership, we will continue to build bright futures one student at a time.
Principal Emily M. Paul
The Good Shepherd School 10th Anniversary
In 2011, the Good Shepherd School celebrated its 10th anniversary. Click here to read the President and Chairman of the Board, Ronnie Briggs' speech from the 10th Anniversary Celebration and Rededication held on August 14, 2011.
Guiding the Shepherd's Flock
Click here to read more about the Good Shepherd School and its history.
Board of Directors
Ronald P. Briggs, President & Chairman of the Board
David Duplantier, Vice President
Mahlon Sanford, Treasurer
Tom Fischer, Secretary
J. Storey Charbonnet
Rev. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J.
John E. Fitzpatrick, III
William J. Goliwas
Charlotte H. Gregory
Bruce R. Hoefer, Jr.
William A. Neilson
Stephen G. Romig
Frank Reale, S.J.
Ronnie L. Slone
Nicole M. Smith
Robert E. Talbot