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Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal School

Thank you for visiting our website.

We are delighted for the opportunity to share Good Shepherd Episcopal School with you.

Our Mission

Within a nurturing Christian community,

Good Shepherd Episcopal School builds in each child the foundation for good character and a lifelong love of learning.

Message from the Rector

Good Shepherd Episcopal School is known as a place that celebrates early childhood education every day. Our nurturing, loving, Christian, play-based curriculum recognizes each child’s unique strengths and personality.


Channing Smith

Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal School! As the Rector of Good Shepherd, I want to thank you for your interest in our school or for being an active presence in our community.

Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal School! As the Rector of Good Shepherd, I want to thank you for your interest in our school or for being an active presence in our community. The hallmarks of Episcopal schools are: a whole-child focus, a sense of tradition, curiosity and discovery, the strength of community, and service to others. If you have joined us for worship on Sundays, you have discovered these same values for yourself.

If you are inquiring, you are in the midst of making an important decision. I hope you will spend time with Sheila and the remarkably gifted teachers at Good Shepherd. As you make your decision, please ask friends what they know of Good Shepherd. We are very proud of our reputation in the wider community as being a unique school, with caring teachers, and remarkable facilities.

I hope you will also join us for our parish activities. You will find that same spirit and energy that you find at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. We have many opportunities to get engaged and offer many activities for our more than 1,000 children. You and your family are important to us no matter your point of connection to Good Shepherd.

If there is anything that I can do for your family, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to getting to know you.

Interim Head of School

Jeanie Stark

What a gift it is for me to be back with you as your Interim Head of School! I am grateful for the opportunity to be here through this time of transition and growth.

After a long career as a teacher, curriculum director and Head of School in San Antonio and Abilene, Texas, I came home to Austin in 2007 to become the Head of School here at Good Shepherd.  The experience of serving in a school with such a rich history, a grounded philosophy, and with a multi-talented faculty and staff was the pinnacle of my career!  I retired from GSES in 2018 and spent the next four years serving as the Director of Accreditation for the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools.

My life outside of school is full!  My husband of 44 years, Bill, and I have two married daughters and we are thrilled to share this life with five wonderful grandchildren.  Our family life is spent at sporting events, lake adventures, and we love to travel as one big group. God has blessed me considerably!!



Since 1945, countless children and their families have called GSES home, and we are committed to making sure GSES will be here for generations to come.

Our Episcopal Identity Affirms:

  • Our commitment to excellence in teaching and of quality in learning.
  • Our service to those in need in our own community and to the broader community.
  • Our belief in the values of respect and responsibility within the context of the Episcopal Church.
  • Our belief in leadership and stewardship for service in the world.
  • Our acceptance of all people provides the foundation for educational excellence.