Catholic Schools Week 2018

Good Shepherd Catholic Academy

New Leadership Brings Bold Change

After taking the helm at Good Shepherd Catholic Academy, Marine Park, three years ago, Principal John O’Brien set out to achieve some big goals.

“My vision is to continue providing academic excellence along with strong values while expanding our teaching practices to provide a more dynamic learning environment for our students,” O’Brien said.

Good Shepherd has seen some major updates recently. Most notably, the addition of a brand new STEM lab featuring state-of-the-art equipment, providing students in kindergarten through grade eight -an enhanced, inquiry-based learning experience. In addition, the redesigned computer lab includes a SMART TV and new layout that will enhance student-teacher engagement. Plus, the academy has achieved a one-to-one Chromebook ratio for all middle school students, an initiative O’Brien hopes to expand to all grades.

Additional highlights include:

– An opportunity for eighth-grade students to take ninth-grade algebra

– Foreign language instruction offered in French and Spanish

– New highly effective early learning programs: Mathletics and SuperKids

– Strong sports program including track, swimming, basketball, softball and baseball

– Robust music arts program with additional option for band instruction

Extracurricular activities and clubs such as newspaper, chess, service, crochet, board games, arts and crafts

– Option for early morning drop-off and after-care

– JPK Program for 3-year-olds, with full-day and part-time options

At Good Shepherd Academy, every child is cared for, loved and valued. The atmosphere is another key to the success that O’Brien fosters. He says, “With dedicated faculty, supportive families and enthusiastic learners, we are all collaborating to form young men and women who will embrace their faith, serve their community and succeed in their future endeavors.”

Parents truly appreciate the open door policy that O’Brien believes is the foundation to success.  In a recent survey of parents, one remarked, “The teachers and administration know and care for each student, and take a personal interest in seeing them succeed academically and socially.”

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