Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What grades are offered?
We offer preschool classes for children age 3 (Pre-K3) and for children age 4 (Pre-K4).
What are your class sizes?
We anticipate that classes for our grand opening school year will average 15 students each.
Is The Good Shepherd Preschool accredited?
We will pursue accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) following our first full year of operation.
What are your school hours?
Our preschool operates on a half-day program, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Do you offer before & after school daycare and holiday care?
In addition to preschool classes, we also offer before-school care from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., extended care from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and after-school care from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
How is your school calendar designed?
Our preschool calendar follows a traditional 10-month school year. We align our calendar with the City of Fredericksburg school calendar.
Are your teachers credentialed?
Yes, we hire qualified teachers that meet our mission and vision, and adhere to our biblical principles.
What is the dress code?
We do not have a school uniform. However, we ask that you dress your child in clothing that is easily washed so that they may enjoy the activities in our classrooms and on the playground. Acceptable foot wear includes socks with sneakers or slip-on shoes; no “flip flops” or “thong sandals.”
Do you offer a hot lunch program?
No. Students who are enrolled in the extended-care program from 12 noon to 3 p.m. will be required to bring a bag lunch. Snacks are provided to all students at other times, both in the morning during the preschool classroom schedule, as well as during after-school care.
What kind of field trips do the students go on?
We incorporate a variety of exciting field trips to local attractions throughout the school year. Examples include Belvedere Plantation’s fall harvest festival, the Petite Patriots program at the James Monroe Museum, Braehead Farm and Pots and Palettes.
Do you welcome parent involvement?
Yes! We value the entire preschool family, as is clearly presented in our mission, vision and biblical principles. Special events planned during the school year are intended for the whole family to take part in.
What does the curriculum consist of?
The foundation for our preschool instructional activities is provided through Alpha Omega Publications’ Horizons curriculum. In addition, and most importantly, the Bible is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Do you have a web-based grade reporting software?
Yes, the software is provided by Gradelink. Each family with a student enrolled in The Good Shepherd Preschool will be issued login credentials to enable parents to access performance reports.