Welcome from Our Head of School
The Good Shepherd Preschool is being established as an educational ministry of Highway Assembly of God in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The church’s theme text is found in 2 Corinthians 4:5 “For we preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” We take this as our mission — to minister to the Lord, to minister to one another, to equip the saints, and to minister to the world.
We believe God wants to make our church a center of ministry to our community. And it’s in that spirit that we are establishing The Good Shepherd Preschool. Our purpose will be to provide your young children with a quality education, rooted in God’s Word, in a safe and nurturing environment. We will be intentional in providing instruction that will help children to grow academically, to be spiritually prepared for Christian service, and to develop a lifelong Christian worldview. We view our role as not solely preparing your child for kindergarten and beyond; this is an education centered on truth and goodness – designed to last a lifetime.
Supporting Parents in their God Ordained calling…
Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:14
God has clearly established the parental role as the authority over children, which includes educating and discipling them. Nevertheless, many parents appreciate that this task can be assisted greatly within the structure of a like‐minded community that encourages and builds up both the student and the family. Our goal is to support parents in their God-ordained calling (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:14), and to prepare children to be secure in their faith and free to love others without fear of losing their own way. The Good Shepherd Preschool will provide an environment in which both students and families thrive.
Should you decide to enroll your preschooler with us, we will consider it a solemn privilege to support you and your child. While our website will help you begin to discover our school, I personally invite you to visit us for a tour as nothing else will represent The Good Shepherd Preschool as clearly as seeing it firsthand.
WHAT GRADES ARE OFFERED?
We will offer preschool classes for children ages 3 to 4. We will also offer student day care for children in grades K-5.
WHAT ARE YOUR CLASS SIZES?
We anticipate that preschool classes for our grand opening school year will average 10-15 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?
We will offer both a half-day preschool program from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and a full-day preschool program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Our student day care program for grades K-5 will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DO YOU OFFER BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL DAYCARE AND HOLIDAY CARE?
In addition to preschool classes, we will also offer before-school care from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and after-school care from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
HOW IS YOUR SCHOOL CALENDAR DESIGNED?
Our preschool calendar will follow 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 full-day programs will be required to bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided to all students at other times, both in the morning and afternoon.
WHAT KIND OF FIELD TRIPS DO THE STUDENTS GO ON?
We will 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 will be intended for the whole family to take part in.
WHAT DOES THE CURRICULUM CONSIST OF?
The foundation for our preschool instructional activities will be provided through Alpha Omega Publications’ Horizons curriculum. In addition, and most importantly, the Bible will be 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.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR STUDENT DAY CARE PROGRAM?
As area school districts implement distance learning for the current school year, requiring students to do school work from home, some families may be faced with having to find child care while both parents are at work. Our student day care program is intended to provide families with a safe and supportive option for their students.
Students will be able to access on-site WiFi using their laptops or Chromebooks to their schoolwork. Day care staff will be available to assist students with their assignments and will supervise additional programmed activities for the students during the day.