Welcome and Registration Information

The teachers and I were very excited to welcome back enrolled and new children for our reopening March-May session. Now we are looking forward to a new school year!

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, which begins in September. We offer half-day classes, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., for all children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years of age. Click on the "2021-2022 classes, rates"  button below to find out more information about our classes as you consider which one will best meet your child's needs. Younger siblings receive a 20% discount.

We do enjoy sharing information about our program and appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to discuss your child's placement, or if we can assist you in any way in the registration process, please feel free to call us at: 703-437-4511. And please look through this information to learn more about our school.


As a ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 1981, our Christ-centered preschool has been blessed to open its doors to all God's children and their families. We warmly welcome and celebrate each child's uniqueness in their spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Our experienced, caring teachers create inviting classroom centers to enhance your child's learning through play in Jesus' love. Our Christian curriculum incorporates age-appropriate kindergarten readiness activities with STEAM. Daily (weather permitting) outdoor cooperative games and free play promote gross motor skills, social development, cognitive development, and well-being.

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy as to Students

The Good Shepherd Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Mission Statement

Good Shepherd Lutheran School focuses on the whole child to provide a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered education in which each child is celebrated individually and is encouraged by word and example.


Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s daily program provides children a rich educational experience in a loving, Christ-centered environment. We teach a play-based, thematic curriculum that gives children the opportunity to explore and learn about language, letters, numbers, science, art, nature, and music. We maintain age-appropriate expectations for children and we help them work out conflicts respectfully, showing each other the love that Jesus taught us.


Our half-day, Christ-centered preschool program was established in 1981 as a ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Take a Tour - Virtually 

Because of current restrictions from the pandemic, we are not able to give personal tours right now. But you can take a mini-tour by watching our Virtual Tour on our "About Us" page. The preschool portion starts at about 12 minutes into the video. Information from our pre-pandemic Parent Handbook may be especially helpful as you consider our program. You'll find a link to a PDF of the Handbook in the FAQ section below (see the last question in the list).


Thank you for your interest in Good Shepherd Lutheran School. We are now accepting enrollments for the 2021-2022 school year, which begins in September. To enroll, please mail the following items to the Preschool, attention Interim Preschool Director Kathy Otterbacher:

  • the completed Application (2021-2022 registration form, below), and
  • one-time Registration fee and Activity fee AND the September tuition fee (one check for all three fees). Click on 2021-2022 classes and rates" button below for the information about these fees.

Contact Interim Director Kathy Otterbacher for registration information. Email her at  or call her at 703-437-4511. And please look through this information to learn more about our school.

Information for the 2021-2022 school year

2021-22 Classes, Rates

2021-22 Application Form

Health Form 

Liability Waiver

Consent and Emergency Contact Form

Pandemic Parent Handbook


Children are warmly greeted at the classroom door by the teacher and assistant. The first part of the day includes open-ended free play where students explore theme-related activities in various centers around the room, including art, building toys, dramatic play, science or math investigation, manipulatives, puzzles, and games. All activities are intentionally chosen with specific learning goals in mind. Large group activities vary, depending on the age of the students, but all classes use this time to introduce key concepts, read stories, and interact with a calendar or a daily weather graph. Bible lessons are also discussed during circle time. Every class enjoys 30 minutes of outdoor play on the playground with bikes, cars, balls, shovels, slides, climbing equipment, and a sand box. Students take turns bringing snacks from home to share during our snack time. Each class also has some time set aside for sharing books. At the end of the day, teachers meet with the parents to briefly review the fun activities from their day and to provide any important reminders for families.

Chapel and Music

Our classes meet weekly in a chapel and music program. The classes begin in our Day Chapel with a prayer and an age-appropriate Bible lesson. The music program includes singing, playing instruments, and learning about music in a fun, interactive way.

Special Events

Prior to the pandemic guidelines requiring social distancing, we always enjoyed seeing families at school. Annual family days were planned during the school year. We enjoyed a Fall trip to Frying Pan Farm Park in October, a Family Day Giving Thanks in November, a Christmas Program in December, a Winter Family Days in February, and a Family Day Picnic at a nearby park in May. The staff looks forward to implementing these fellowship events once again when it is a safe environment to do so.


The staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran School is experienced, well trained, and has all required certifications. All teachers have college graduate degrees, participate in continuing education through the school year, and are committed Christians.


Do you have entrance requirements?

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is a Christ-centered preschool that welcomes all children ages 2½ through 5.

Children must be at least 2½ years old and must be potty trained (independent toileting) in order to be eligible for enrollment, provided the school can meet the needs of the child.

GSLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, athletic and other school-administered programs. All rights, privileges, programs, and activities are generally made available to students at our school. See "Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy as to Students" near the top of this page.

How do I register my child(ren)?

GSLS offers open enrollment. Please contact Interim School Director, Kathy Otterbacher,  or 703-437-4511, to ask about class availability or to discuss the best placement for your child. The registration form is available online.

What are your rates?

Tuition varies by class. See the 2021-22 Class Rates button above.

My child has special needs. Can you accommodate those needs?

We welcome all children ages 2½ through 5 and celebrate the individual development of each child. However, we cannot guarantee that we can adequately serve children with certain special needs or physical impairments. We will be happy to discuss your child's needs. Contact Interim School Director Kathy Otterbacher,   or 703-437-4511.

Do we have to be a member of Good Shepherd for our child(ren) to attend your school?

Students in our school include children of the congregation, children from other faith communities, and children from families who claim no faith community.

Our school’s purpose is to help preschool children and their families grow in their relationship with God and others through faith in Jesus Christ. In response to the love of God through Christ, the school encourages them, by word and by example, to lead lives of praise to God and generous service toward others.

Do you provide after-school care? What are your hours of operation?

We offer a Christ-centered, half-day preschool program as part of the ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. We do not provide day care or after-school care.

School begins at 9:15 a.m. All classes dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

The school year at Good Shepherd Lutheran School generally follows the Fairfax County Public School calendar for holidays and planning days and for weather-related closings. 

What is your inclement weather policy?

For the safety of our preschool families and staff, we rely on Fairfax County to determine the closing of schools during inclement weather, or for any other reason. When Fairfax County Public Schools close, we also close.

For complete information on our policy, see our Parent Handbook.

May I see a copy of a pre-pandemic Parent Handbook?

Yes! Click the button to see the GSLS Parent Handbook from the 2019-2020 school year. Please remember that not all of the information in this handbook will be pertinent to conditions and policies in place as we continue to manage school during the ongoing pandemic.

2019-2020 parent handbook