Steps to Enroll
How to get started
Step 1: Learn more about The Good Shepherd Preschool
We hope our website has served as a good introduction into who we are, but there’s more for you see and consider.
- We encourage you to attend an open house or schedule a visit at our preschool. Once there, you’ll have an opportunity to tour our facilities and meet with a staff member to discuss your initial questions.
- To schedule a tour for you or your family, call (540) 371-7662, or schedule online.
- Read our Mission and Doctrinal Statements.
Step 2: Complete Enrollment Application
Our enrollment application is comprehensive; please complete all forms included as part of your child’s application. Most delays in processing come from incomplete applications.
Click HERE to access the enrollment application. The application can be printed and returned through regular mail to The Good Shepherd Preschool, 2221 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Alternatively, the electronic form fields can be completed on your computer; save your completed application as a new file and then email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment of a non-refundable $70 application fee is required with the submission of your student’s application in order for us to process his or her enrollment.
The Good Shepherd Preschool accepts applications throughout the year, however those desiring to start school at the beginning of an academic year, should submit applications no later than July 15th.
Step 3: Preliminary Review
We will review your enrollment application and evaluate potential openings. Based on this preliminary evaluation, appointments for interviews are made.
Step 4: Interview
We will contact you to set up a time for an interview. In a parent interview, a preschool administrator will discuss our philosophy and school programming with you. At the interview, you will need to provide the following documents in order for us to complete our review and consideration of your enrollment application:
- Copy of child’s birth certificate
- Copies of transcripts from the applicant’s current (or most recent) school (if applicable)
- IEP or other special testing results (if applicable)
Step 5: Final Decision
The Good Shepherd Preschool staff will make decisions concerning enrollment as a team. Therefore, the final decision may take up to a week after the interview appointment to allow for team discussion. You can expect a call from someone on the administrative team concerning the final decision.
In making a decision, the administrative team will consider whether The Good Shepherd Preschool will be able to meet a student’s academic, social and physical needs, and whether the student’s parents are supportive of the school’s Christ-centered philosophy so that a partnership with the school can develop.
Step 6: Acceptance Letter
Within two weeks of an offer of enrollment, an acceptance letter will be mailed to your home. Additional information concerning school policies, school supplies and the upcoming school year will be provided.
You will also be asked to provide the following documentation prior to the first day of school:
- Virginia Department of Health School Health Entrance Form MCH-213F
- Immunization Records
Step 7: Attend Orientation
All parents are required to attend our Orientation Day held each August before the first day of class. Those parents who enroll their children after the school year is already underway will need to schedule an orientation meeting with the preschool administrative staff.