Good Shepherd Lutheran School

525 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 852-5081

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 93 students 11 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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About this school

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is a private middle school in Downers Grove. The principal of Good Shepherd Lutheran School is Scott Schmudlach. 93 students go to Good Shepherd Lutheran School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Good Shepherd Lutheran School is 11:1. Powerthink Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Multiracial 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended this school K-8th grade and had such a great experience that we purposefully moved nearby so our two children could attend as well. The teachers are dedicated and they all look out for every student regardless if they are in their classroom or not. The classes are very small and the teachers are able to meet the needs of various learners while providing a strong Christian education. Technology tools are utilized to enhance instruction and the school continuously looks for ways to improve. Parents are very down to earth and kind. Since the church financially supports school attendance for members the income levels are very diverse unlike many other private schools. If a family were well off you would never know it! As a parent I know that I can call upon any parent or teacher if we ever needed anything--it's just that kind of place where everyone works together and helps each other out. Truly a great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Good Shepherd has great teachers and a fantastic curriculum.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been very impressed with this small school. My child has attended their preschool and Kindergarten and I feel she has had a great experience. I am considering keeping her there even though I am not a member of the Church or the Lutheran Faith specifically. My concern is the very small size of the school going forward on into the older grades. The school itself is a very nice facility and the the parents and teachers are both quite involved.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are very happy with the Christian environment provided at Good Shepherd. The classes are small (less than 20 students) and the teachers have lots of experience. My children learn the word of God everyday and that is very important to us. We are confident that they are learning important skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

  • (6 years ago)

    Good Shepherd is the best school in the area. We have a gifted child and instead of sending her to the local gifted school we chose to send her here instead because the faculty is willing to work with each child at their level. Their cooperation could not have been better! They are loving dedicated very well-organized wonderful Christians and excellent with teacher/parent communication. As a result the children regularly achieve at a much higher level than at any of the area public schools and they still know at the same time that their teachers genuinely care about them. I would highly recommend this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good Shepherd was an excellent school to prepare my children for high school. The parents are encouraged to be involved in their child's education and the teachers genuinely care about the students. With teachers parents and children working together it is a win-win situation. The Christ-centered approach is incredible because children are taught each day using Scripture. The teachers know their Bible and live the Christian life as an awesome example to the students. The faculty is dedicated and skills will not be overlooked or brushed aside. Each child is accountable for their schoolwork and discipline is done in a firm but loving manner. An At education.

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