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Lutheran schools accredited through National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) meet or exceed state standards for high quality schools. To be NLSA accredited, schools must complete a rigorous self-study, be reviewed by a team of peers, and they must implement initiatives that provide a continuing program of excellence for students.

The purpose of an NLSA self-study is to evaluate the actual conditions in place that are related to essential indicators of school quality. These are evaluated and measured in seven specific standard areas:

  • Purpose
  • Relationships
  • Governance
  • Professional Personnel
  • Student Services
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Facilities

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Shepherd provides an academically challenging curriculum, and our students regularly outperform other schools in national tests. We emphasize the development of critical thinking and independent problem solving to instill the skills for life-long learning.


At Shepherd, we believe in the benefits of physical activity and competition. Our students compete against other schools in the Denver Area Lutheran (DAL) Athletic Conference and other area schools in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track.