We are at a very exciting time in the history of our school. After providing the West Volusia community with an excellent early childhood program for years; we extended our educational program in 2011 to include a grade school. Good Shepherd Academy (GSA) has been growing ever since and we are adding programs, grade levels, and opportunities each year; all with the help of dedicated parents. I would love to meet with any parents looking for an excellent education for their children.
The administration, teachers, and staff of Good Shepherd Academy value excellence in education and we hold ourselves accountable for a thorough education of the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. Every aspect of this private Christian school conveys dedication to excellence: a challenging curriculum, a safe, structured, nurturing learning environment, and a desirable student-to-teacher ratio. Good Shepherd Academy is committed to train leaders for the future. We provide opportunities for our students to become involved in service to others in the community. We see this as an important part of our mission as a school to build future community and church leaders. We strive for excellence in all that we do to prepare students for high school success. As you know, success in high school is vitally important for students as they enter college and as they become part of the future work force. We do all of this in an atmosphere of love and encourage ongoing communication with all our families. We are proud to serve Deltona and the surrounding Central Florida area with quality Christian education for grades K through 8 since 2011. I would love to share with you the personal joys of becoming a member of the GSA family.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Little Lambs and Good Shepherd Academy are a part of the fourth largest private school system in America.
This system, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) has a rich tradition of academic excellence in its Preschool through Grade 12 school system. The WELS has operated highly regarded schools across the United States, the Caribbean, and elsewhere in the world for over 150 years. Currently, WELS churches and associations operate more than 500 schools across the nation.
The Wisconsin Synod has provided excellent instructors to these schools by training its own teachers since 1884. It is gratifying to report that, on average, students attending WELS schools annually tend to outperform their peers by a considerable margin on national achievement tests. We humbly thank God for His blessings upon our schools.
Good Shepherd is proud to continue this rich tradition of academic excellence in the Deltona community! We are extremely proud of our students. It is a privilege to have them and their families as part of our foundation.
We are all very excited about the direction of our school and the unique opportunity to build a school community with experienced teachers, committed parents and a national support network of WELS schools.
I know that this will not answer all your questions and I would like to encourage you to speak with me as questions do arise. You can find my contact information below. I will be happy to meet with you and talk about our educational program. We would love to serve you and your family in the years to come.
In Christian Service,
Mr. Jared Rathje
Good Shepherd Academy