Building Our Community in Christ
Welcome to Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Our premier academic and religious education school will serve your child in so many wonderful ways.
Learn By Doing
Good Shepherd Lutheran School is dedicated to providing a premier academic and religious education for all children. Our distinguished educational environment will inspire children to become passionate life-long learners.
Research based, brain smart curriculum
MISSION: Through a research-based curriculum, Good Shepherd Lutheran School provides a distinguished education in a Christ-centered environment.
VISION: Good Shepherd Lutheran School is dedicated to providing a premier academic and religious education for all children. Our distinguished educational environment will inspire children to become passionate life-long learners.
Academic Excellence in a Christ-Centered Environment
Good Shepherd Lutheran School serves our children in so many wonderful ways. In addition to our bible based faith formation, we provide 100% TEK (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) aligned coursework. A professional staff of certified Christian educators and parental involvement make it possible to carry out our school’s mission. We have partnered with research based publishers, to provide core subject materials in English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. GSLS supplements our coursework with technology components, by providing our children 1:1 Chromebooks with personalized subscriptions to standards aligned online learning platforms such a IXL, and BrainPOPJr.
When our students aren’t in class, they are attending, Chapel, Positive Action (Character Development), Physical education, Music, Art, or MAST (Math & Science Technology) classes that are built into their weekly schedule. These academic components ensure our children receive a well-rounded education that reinforces spirituality, character development, gross motor development and Fine Arts. Research proves students exposed to these programs have a greater sense of self, and report higher academic performance.
We welcome you to Good Shepherd Lutheran School.
Our classroom stands apart for many reasons. We implement a low ratio in each classroom of 1:15 children at each grade level. Our curriculum is always brain smart and research based, with our instruction and assessments aligned with state standards. We use current technology in our classrooms, including Chromebooks. We also follow STREAM programming (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts & Mathmatics). We frequently monitor learning and teaching strategies that align with TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) to bring the very best to our students. Our supportive learning environment, high levels of collaboration and communication as well as our high standards and expectations for all students make our classroom the best, Christ-centered option for your child in Bastrop!
campus safety plan
At Good Shepherd Lutheran School we understand safety & security is of the utmost importance and that prevention goes a long way. This is one of the many reasons we invested in a locked keypad entry and 24 hour surveillance camera system. Research has proven that onsite safety measures provide the following:
-deterrent to unwanted offenses
– Our motion-sensored technology allows us to monitor activity at any given time on our campus and keep eye on the entire campus in real-time.
– keep our students and faculty safe; Surveillance systems help to monitor students, and keep an eye on problematic situations. They can also be helpful in monitoring campus visitors and preventing unauthorized access to the campus.
– Video surveillance systems allow for us to assess the situation more accurately if a situation does occur. Better information leads to faster evacuations and more efficiently securing school grounds. Preventing access, reacting to problems, and improving the reaction time of the authorities adds up to safer schools and happier parents
– Peace of Mind; we want our Parents to feel confident that their children are as safe as possible at school. Teachers, faculty, and students want to feel comfortable and safe when they are on our campus.
By adding video surveillance and keypad entries to our campus safety plan, we want families to know we are providing our campus school with the kind of comprehensive security that makes all of these good things possible.
From Our Head of School
Dear Prospective Family,
Thank you for your interest in Good Shepherd Lutheran School. I am thrilled you are exploring our school community as an educational option. Through distinguished academics and a Christ-centered environment our team of dedicated educators stands ready to serve your child spiritually and academically.
Culture is one word you will hear a lot around our school community. A community comprised of parents, students, church members, founding families, and community leaders working endlessly to provide an educational option that thrives for our community. We are called into this work by God to be stewards and caretakers of our gifts to continue to spread his love.
I am committed daily to serve, protect and advance the Good Shepherd mission. My desire for our students is to deliver them out into the world with a solid education and the ability to perform backed with faith and good morals.
I encourage you to come and experience Good Shepherd. My husband and I have four children enrolled in Good Shepherd programs, and I know are receiving an unparalleled religious and academic education.
As you continue to discern this option for your family, please let us know if you have any questions.
– Alysa K. Johnson
As parents ourselves, we know that you want warm, caring teachers who you can reach easily. Our certified teachers have total fidelity towards curriculum implementation, Christ centered environments and faith development. Each person on our staff is a Christian thinker who shares our vision and will carry on the mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Learn more about our teachers and our staff below.
Alysa K. Johnson
Head of School
“Children are our most important investment. Providing a loving, Christ-centered, and academically accelerated educational option are the principles that Good Shepherd Lutheran School was founded on. We welcome you to Good Shepherd Lutheran School.”
Alysa K. Johnson’s quest for high quality education started when her oldest child turned 6 weeks old. She took a job as a 3 year old teacher at the highest rated quality early childhood education school she could find for her first born. As her family grew, so did her desire to raise her children in her beloved hometown of Bastrop. With this aspiration came the vision for premier, Christian education in a private school setting. Alysa began her leadership in private education in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration/Pre-Law. She holds several private education certifications for educational management. Alysa has led programs of over 200 children, managed over 20 faculty, won numerous enrollment and quality control awards, curriculum director, and recognized several times as top performing principal within her district. She developed and operated the company’s very first and only Private Elementary School and led HR and Recruiting efforts for 21 campuses and 300 teachers. Her passion, qualifications and experience are a true asset for our expanding program. Moving her experience and career path to Good Shepherd Lutheran School has allowed her to cultivate her lifelong passion for education. Pursuing the growth of a very successful preschool program, and expanding this into formal years of education, is yet another educational dream coming true. Being able to provide a premier, Christian educational opportunity for the children in her native home town, is the icing on the cake.
Lead Educator / 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Paul is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is Texas Teacher certified EC-8.
This is her third year here at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. The first two years were spent in Kindergarten, and this year in third grade.
4th/5th Grade Teacher
Athletic Director / PE Coach
4th/5th Grade Assistant
here in Bastrop and been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 24 years.
Jada has been a teacher for 33 years teaching everything from Deaf Ed, Special Ed, Early Childhood, Kindergarten, and first grade. Her last 18 years in public education were spent in kindergarten. Retiring in May of 2021 to be a grandma, Jada missed the classroom so in August of 2022 came to teach at Good Shepherd. Jada has expressed that she really loves teaching in this Christian environment.
Ginger W. Craddock
When you combine curiosity with a solutions oriented mind set and a love for students you find the intersection of Ginger’s heart for education. Her goal is to foster a love for life long learning, exploration, and innovation into the heart and mind of each student she serves
Makayla knows the importance of making the classroom engaging and interactive. Her heart is to foster a love for lifelong learning in each of her students. When teaching, she engages with the children individually and ensures that each student understands the lesson. Makayla brings tactile projects into the curriculum for an organic, hands-on learning experience. She believes that every student should be curious and confident about learning and encourages the children to seek out answers. This is her second year of teaching at GSLS and she is excited to see what this school year brings.
What Our Families are Saying
“Almost every aspect of the program has exceeded our expectations. Specifically, our religous education (she comes home ‘on fire’ for the Lord). She loves to retell the stories that she hears in religous education each day and we love that.” -LW
“GSLS is wonderful. It provides Christian values in a small, relaxed setting, yet still values academics! Children are given the support they need through individualized learning in a small group setting.” -JM
“GSLS is a true blessing to our family. The teachers and staff are incredible and focus on God’s love and teaching faith in alignment with academics. The children are valued and loved, not just taught.
The academics are stellar and taught through a Christ centered perspective.
My son brings home Bible verses every week and they attend Chapel led by Pastor Travis. He really connects with the children and they love him. GSLS is our second home and we are treated like family.”-BG