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The Shepherd's School

222 South Hall Street
Dallas, TX 75226

Phone:
(214) 370-3600

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The Shepherd’s School is a Bible based, inclusive, developmental school for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. It educates children of varying developmental levels including gifted children, typically developing children, and children with special needs. The school’s program includes the components for the spiritual, intellectual, creative, social-emotional, and physical development of the children. The Shepherd’s School does not discriminate against race, creed, color, religion, or developmental level.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The Shepherd’s School curriculum is focused on providing children with the foundation skills necessary to build a balanced life. A child who is successful in school will need a combination of well-developed academic, emotional and social, spiritual and physical skills. They must know how to deal with conflict, demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, while enjoying the self-confidence needed to thrive in any environment. To establish this solid foundation within our students, we begin shortly after birth by working to develop and maintain strong, loving and nurturing relationships with parents and teachers. The development of this trusting relationship is possibly the single most important building block for young children as it sets the tone for the quality of future relationships. Our next goal is to stimulate every area of development in each of our students. This includes activities which encourage growth in fine and gross motor, cognitive, language, self-help, social and emotional, and spiritual development. This is achieved by providing extensive opportunities for experiential learning.

From the Director:

The Shepherd’s School is grounded on the following precepts: 1. Learning begins at birth. 2. All children can learn. 3. Children learn in a variety of ways. 4. Learning must be positive and age appropriate. 5. Learning should be meaningful and stimulating. The Shepherd’s School uses an in-house curriculum. This curriculum is designed to reach the complete child and focuses on all facets of development. Lessons are designed by the director and modified by the teachers to fit the individual needs and personalities of the class members. The lessons address the basic foundational skills introduced in pre-school (colors, counting, etc) and more advanced skills such as letter recognition, writing, and basic math. In addition to the academic skills, the lessons teach about God, His Son Jesus Christ, and other Biblical truths. The daily schedule encourages the children to relate socially through play and specialized activities appropriate to their age. The Shepherd’s School is dedicated to the highest level of care and the highest level of education for the little ones enrolled in the program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Shepherd’s School offers an inclusion program which integrates children of all developmental levels within a classroom setting. In this paradigm, children with special needs participate fully in an enriched curriculum alongside of gifted and typically developing children. The individual needs of every child will be met within a Christian setting. The staff of the Shepherd’s School work together with outside professionals to create, modify, and implement activities for all developmental levels within each classroom. All children benefits from this progressive program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Shepherd's School is a Christian, inclusive, developmental school for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. It educates children of varying developmental levels including gifted children, typically developing children, and children with special needs. The school's program includes the components for the spiritual, intellectual, creative, social-emotional, and physical development of the children. The Shepherd's School does not discriminate against race, creed, color, religion, or developmental level." -- Excerpted from The Shepherd School website.

A Typical Day

Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child. The following domains are emphasized:

• Social (the ability to play with others and participate in activities)
• Emotional (the ability to identify, express and manage feelings and demonstrate awareness of other’s feelings)
• Physical (the ability to participate in fine and large motor activities)
• Language (the ability to express oneself and understand others through oral and/or written language)
• Cognitive (the ability to count, name and think conceptually)
• Spiritual (the recognition of God, Jesus, and the relationship God wants with each one of us)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Shepherd’s School believes that providing a solid foundation of development is necessary for future success in all learning environments. This is accomplished by beginning instruction in the early years and continuing through Pre-kindergarten. A comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes growth in the physical, intellectual, creative, social and emotional, and spiritual domains is used by the school. The Shepherd’s School seeks to strengthen the relationships between students and teachers, staff and families, and student and parents for a successful educational experience. In this way, family needs are met.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

The Shepherd's School is dedicated to creating a home away from home environment for our students. It is imperative for our students to feel supported, encouraged, and an important part of our Shepherd's School family.