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Bastrop Lutheran school expands

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    Instructor Linda Wilson teaches a lesson to her first and second grade students. Photos by Dock Jackson
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    Candace Watson and her three-year-olds have fun with parachute games.

The Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Bastrop is expanding its program.

The school was established in 2011 as the Little Sheep Learning Center, starting out with modular building classrooms for kindergarten to second grade. The current plan is to expand to sixth grade over the coming years, adding an additional grade each year until they reach their goal, according to Alyssa Johnson, head of the school.

“The church will be reconfigured and add brick and mortar classrooms for the campus,” she said. “It is (our) desire for parents at Good Shepherd Lutheran School to continue their children’s education by serving them spiritually and academically.”

The school maintains an academically strong program in a faith-based environment with teachers certified in programs that are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum. Math and Science Technology (MAST) is another program the school utilizes, as students watch their virtual coding turn into tangible learning experiences in real time. Each student is able to express creativity and exercise critical-thinking skills by programming a robot to bring code to their canvas by drawing geometric shapes, designs and words with precision. Students are also able to create and print their own 3D shapes to illustrate difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. Pastor Travis Fitzgold is also very involved with the students’ education and offers lessons with the aid of his guitar and singing skills, which are enjoyed by the students and teachers. All Good Shepherd Lutheran School teachers are certified with a Masters in Education degree. The campus provides a safe and secure environment with a chef-prepared meal plan.

“Families should know that although the curriculum is faith-based, the standards of education are extremely high,” Johnson said.

The school has consistently been voted as Best in Bastrop since 2016.

In addition to their regular daily classes, which feature core subjects including religion, English, language arts, reading, mathematics, social studies and science, Good Shepherd Lutheran School also operates an after-school program and a 12-week summer camp program. Extracurricular activities include field trips to the Bastrop Public Library and other locations of interest, track and field activities and enrichment programs including yoga. The student-to-teacher ratio is low, with one teacher for each 15 students at each grade level.