With small class sizes, a rigorous curriculum, and faith-based academics, our community offers a unique educational experience for students.
Faithful Shepherd Catholic School began as a simple dream in 1989 to bring Catholic education to the fast-growing communities in Dakota County, Minnesota. Parents, priests and parishioners collaborated for nearly 10 years to create a vision of what a new school would be. Eventually, the church communities of St. John Neumann, St. Peter and St. Thomas Becket stepped forward to build a unique partnership in a tri-parish-supported school.
On September 5, 2000, Faithful Shepherd Catholic School welcomed its first K-8 students as the first new Catholic school built in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 30 years. Now, approximately 464 children fill its halls every school day in their quest for the gift of a lifetime — an academically rigorous, faith-filled education. Our academic programs focus on developing each child’s potential, inspiring students and staff to achieve excellence and providing multiple opportunities for service to the community.
MORE THAN A SCHOOL - A COMMUNITY
With a focus on student learning, Faithful Shepherd Catholic School is a vibrant faith-filled Catholic community. Here, students find inspiration and encouragement to employ the gifts they have received from God. Each day, the building comes alive with the sights, sounds and laughter of adults and children growing in mind, body, and spirit. Parents tell us that they come to Faithful Shepherd for the academics and faith-based education; however they stay for the experience. Faithful Shepherd prides itself on its family-centered community.
Designed to Meet Individual Needs and Learning Styles. Faithful Shepherd Catholic School, partnered with Lake Area Discovery Center, offers a NAEYC-accredited, Parent Aware preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old. Our preschool program offers both full and part-time programming in a warm and supportive faith-based environment.
Faithful Shepherd Catholic School offers a full-day Kindergarten program. Small class sizes allow students the opportunity for more individual instruction and growth opportunities.
The Kindergarten program consists of the curriculum basics Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science as well Specialist classes of Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, PE. These classes as well as the classroom experience teach social skills, work habits and physical and motor development as well as academics.
Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
Our highly-qualified staff of professionals bring a wide range of experience to the classroom. Students at each grade are exposed to a rigorous curriculum focused on strong academics consisting of Language Arts (including reading, writing, spelling and handwriting), Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion.
Elementary students attend specialty classes including Technology, Art, Music, Spanish and PE as well as participate in Mass once each week. In addition, students participate in age-appropriate special assignments, field trips and service projects. Working under the Professional Learning Communities model, teachers utilize I Can statements, common assessments and flexible groupings for units of study to ensure that student is progressing and learning. For more advanced math and reading students, we provide the the opportunity for a faster paced curriculum while students who need additional help in those subject areas are given the extra time and skills needed for success.
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
In Middle School, our curriculum broadens, opportunities expand and students are challenged to reach new heights in academic and co-curricular performance. Differentiation of instruction continues to be a focus as we look to provide strong academic growth opportunities for the needs of each student. Middle School students utilize Chromebooks to manage their coursework and enhance learning opportunities. Wifi access and secure Cloud technology fosters collaboration among students and teachers.
A homebase provides each student with a teacher-advocate who coaches students through their entire Middle School experience. The homebase environment fosters academic achievement, depth-of-character and leadership development. Small class sizes, as well as enrichment and Special Education opportunities, continue as we look to provide individual attention to each student's growth.
Co-curricular activities expand to offer students the chance to explore new interests. With their advancement to the Middle School, students now serve as role models for younger students as we develop a strong passion for serving others.
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