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Founded in 1959 as an outreach ministry of the Episcopal
Church of the Good Shepherd, Good Shepherd Episcopal
School (GSES) is an independent school in Dallas, Texas,
serving more than 585 students from Pre-K through 8th grade.
We believe every child possesses unique gifts and offers
infinite value, so we focus on the intellectual, emotional,
physical and spiritual growth of every student. As a faith-
based community, GSES fosters the importance of family
while celebrating individual growth and achievement.
good shepherd episcopal school
inspires children to learn with confidence
serve with compassionand lead with courage.
Located on the corner of Midway and Northaven, Good Shepherd
Episcopal School serves 585 students in PreK 8th grade. Within
these pages, you will get a glimpse into a school where each
student gets the kind of dynamic school experience parents should
expect in Dallas. With signature programs in Spanish, Fine Arts,
Technology, and Classroom of the Earth, our vision goes far beyond
a vigorous academic curriculum, though we are equally proud that
98% OF OUR GRADUATES are admitted to one or more of their top
high school choices.
At Good Shepherd, we start and end with children. Your children,
who we share with you for a few years. We help them figure out
their biggest question: WHY? WHY are they here? We help them
discover their own joy and confidence in how they learn. We
ensure that their spiritual side is given the chance to serve with
compassion. We provide leadership opportunities to instill respect,
courage, and acceptance so they can make and have a positive
impact on the world around them.
We are lucky because we get your children in their early years,
when it seems like things will be this way forever. When their
actual growing up is a distant, hazy prospect - rather than a stark
reality staring you and us in the face. We have the luxury of time
here. We are the 8-year advantage. Your children come to us as
children and leave as leaders (and amazing people). Just ask
Ursuline, Jesuit, ESD, Greenhill, Bishop Lynch, Hockaday, Parish, St.
Marks and the other top schools our students graduate from.
Use this as your first opportunity to get to know us. But then come
and visit. Our door is always open..
the real us.
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feel the at gses
Our Early Childhood and Lower School
knows better than most that there is
no crystal ball that predicts the future
or what the future holds. So we teach
our kids to think and do for themselves.
We give our students the skills and
substance to be adaptable, versatile,
and able to think on their feet.
I GSES because it
was my childrens
second home- Alumni Parent
i my teachers hugs and she lets me run and play- Andrew, PreK student
I GSES because we are a family
here. I have fun each and every
day, and I always look forward to
coming to work. I am lucky enough
to have the opportunity to share
my love of learning, and I truly
feel honored to be a part of this
community! Its a dream job for me!
- First grade Lower School Faculty
Everything we do academically at Good Shepherd is intentional and deliberate, and intended to be customizable to the unique learning styles of each child. Our faculty is gifted and exceptional and, through ongoing professional development, they have perfected a delicate balance between telling their students what they need to know and letting them figure things out
The classroom environment allows for a space
of creativity, exploration, and adaptability.
Tables for facilitating teamwork replace
traditional desks. Technology is ubiquitous and
integrated for meaningful, productive learning.
Our student-centered learning incorporates
plenty of time for play, movement, and
collaboration. Students work together to create,
produce, and construct, not consume.
Up and down the curriculum we encourage
teamwork, partnership, and camaraderie among
our students. From the class-wide Classroom
of the Earth trips, where our kids tame the
wilderness together, to the ensemble music-
making of an Orff class, to the new SPARQ
Innovation Space in the Library that is designed
to foster collaboration and a sense of shared
purpose, each of our programs encourages the
development of these habits of mind.
We GSES because the
teachers are dedicated to
helping students achieve
both their personal and
academic best. The schools
dedication to a solid
academic program, the arts,
daily physical education, and
chapel make it a nurturing
place where young people
can thrive and grow into
- Current Family
Our nurturing environment ensures that all Lower School children are ready for their next
step in our Middle School and to follow their own path to reach their greatest potential -
and blossom into engaged, enthusiastic scholars with a diverse range of talents. At Good
Shepherd, the school day doesnt end after the last bell rings. Many of our students fill that
most dicey time of day, after school but before dinner, with something fun and interesting. Our
Capers extended day program and our Encore enrichment offerings provide numerous grade-
level activites and a head start on homework.
my teacher taught me that in this world you have to
go with your gut and look for what is true.- Jack, Fourth grade student
GSESs Middle School academic program
is unbridled vigor! Our objective is to bring
out the BEST in each student. What
does the best mean? We define it as
celebrating and fine-tuning the unique
qualities inherent in each student and
guiding them to discover and employ
their diverse strengths to develop their
full potential. Being a GSES middle
schooler means taking academic risks,
asking questions, even falling down once
in a while, because we are in a setting
where it is understood we are still learning.
It is through the total experience that each
student receives the type of education that
is ideally suited to their aptitude and their
passions in preparation for high school.
what I about gses
is that it provides
the quality education
I am looking for in a
private school and
at the same time
is small enough
that every child is
nurtured and treated
special in their
own way! Whether
my sons talents
The entire school
is a community.
and parents. It is a
great place to call
- Current Parent
Without the influence of a high school
program, our middle school students
have the freedom to discover their
own strengths. Through a variety
of designed learning experiences,
students are surrounded by
opportunities to learn individually and
collectively. Students are challenged
and supported as they navigate
the pathway to becoming lifelong
learners. Perhaps most importantly,
as they prepare for high school, our
middle school students regularly
grapple with higher levels of thinking
and complex problem solving.
The classrooms in our middle school will look and feel
different than surrounding schools. They are mobile
and modular. Round tables for group discussions,
rolling desks for project partners, traditional desks
for teacher instructed learning at GSES we have
it all. Apple TVs in every room and iPads in every
students hand. Why? Because the real world is about
being adaptable and flexible to any situation, and our
faculty ensure that each student is equipped with
the tools and skills they will need to succeed in
whatever high school they attend.
GSES is a tremendous gift
to our family. The strong
sense of community, the
support our children receive
from their teachers, and
the confidence that has
blossomed in them are
outstanding. GSES has
created a bond between the
school and our children that
gives them so much happiness
every day and memories that
will last a lifetime.
- Current Parent
It is no wonder that our students go on to attend
the top high schools in the area and many receive
scholarships for their academic achievements.
Recent graduates have been accepted to:
Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Jesuit College Prep. School of Dallas
The Episcopal School of Dallas
The Hockaday School
Parish Episcopal School
Cistercian Preparatory School
St. Marks School of Texas
Bishop Lynch High School
School of Science & Engineering Magnet
Duchesne Academy of th