Admissions

Non-discrimination policy

Good Shepherd Lutheran School (Day Care - Grade 8) does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or age in administering our education policies, programs, activities, and employment practices.  Periodic evaluation of policies and practices in relation to equal opportunities shall be made.

 

Student Enrollment

The Oklahoma Department of Education mandates that children be 5 years old by September 1 for their Kindergarten year. To enter our preschool program, students must be at least 3 years old by Sept. 1.  Parents who are interested in Good Shepherd Lutheran School should contact the school office and make an appointment to tour the school and visit with the principal.  The parent should share a copy of the child’s birth certificate and immunization records, and, if the child has previously attended another school, the most recent standardized test report and progress report from the school.  If, after consultation with the principal, the parents would like to enroll the child in GSLS, appropriate forms must be completed.

 

The principal, along with the governing board, will then consider the need of the individual child and decide if Good Shepherd Lutheran can adequately meet those needs while serving the needs of the students currently enrolled.  Prospective students may be required to go through a testing process to determine grade placement.  If the principal decides that it is best to enroll the child, parents will be contacted and the first month’s fees plus the enrollment fees must be paid.  Each child who enrolls in GSLS for the first time in grades preschool – 8th grades will be accepted on a probationary basis for a period of four (4) weeks.  

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran School adheres to recommendations from the Oklahoma State Department of Education regarding teacher to student ratio and space requirements per child.  In the event that any particular classroom is filled to capacity, names of interested students/parents are placed on a waiting list.  When a vacancy exists in that particular classroom, prospective students are admitted after consideration of their place on the waiting list and their church affiliation.  According to the policy of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are admitted first.

 

Placement of Transfer Students

Each child is a unique creation of God, and every effort will be made to assure the student is placed properly and transition is a pleasant experience.  The principal will consider placement at schools where the child was previously enrolled, grade reports from previous schools, standardized test results, and other factors which may apply to the individual child.  Students may be required to go through a testing process to determine grade placement.  Good Shepherd retains the right to determine final placement of all enrolled students.

 

Withdrawals

If a student withdraws from Good Shepherd Lutheran School, these steps need to be followed:

The parent needs to meet with the principal.

All school textbooks and other items belonging to the school must be returned to the school office.

All financial accounts including tuition, lunches, and daycare must be settled 

      before any student records will be released.

Reference letters are provided with two (2) week prior notice.

 

Tuition

Tuition fees have been calculated to include book fees, accounting fees, and most other miscellaneous expenses.  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church contributes substantially to the support of Good Shepherd Lutheran School.  This support from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church continues to be strong, but tuition fees have been adjusted to allow Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to work on other projects and to give those who are not members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church the opportunity to contribute to the education of their children.  Every member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is expected to contribute to the ministry of GSLS as a whole.

 

To enroll your child for the next school year you will be required to make a non-refundable enrollment fee.  This ensures adequate staffing.  Returning students will have first priority for enrollment upon payment of the registration fee.  After July 1st, students on our waiting list will be accepted.  In some cases the order of enrollment is used where classroom availability is limited.

 

Tuition Payments & Delinquent Tuition

Tuition is payable in twelve or ten monthly payments beginning on June 1st or August 1st.   A late fee will be charged after the 10th of each month.  If 30 days in arrears, the child will not be allowed to enter school on the 10th of the month following the 30 days.  Ultimate termination of enrollment may result from continued neglect to settle delinquent accounts. If any tuition from the previous school year is owed, payment must be made before the opening of the next school year.  To ensure settlement of delinquent accounts, a credit card number will be kept on file.  If an account becomes delinquent for more than 30 days the balance due will be charged to the aforementioned credit card.  Student’s records will not be released until full payment is made.  Check with the school for current rates and discounts for church members or multiple children.

 

Financial Aid

Limited funds are available by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to help families who support Christian education but are experiencing financial difficulties.  Returning students will have first priority.  Contact the school secretary to apply for assistance and consult with the principal.

 

Orientation

Early in August of each year, all incoming parents are required to attend orientation meetings.  These meetings will be held for each grade level.  Teachers will share information concerning the procedures for the coming year, and necessary forms will be completed.  If it is not possible for a parent to attend the announced orientation meeting, the parent must contact the school office to complete forms and receive pertinent information regarding school supplies, curriculum, schedules, expectations, and procedures.