Enrollment Process

Admissions, Enrollment, and Tuition Management

Step 1: Admissions

We hope you have had the opportunity to come and visit our school. Tours of the school are given upon request and can be scheduled by contacting the school office. If you wish to visit a classroom, speak to a teacher or meet with the administrator, please call (573-445-5878) or email the school office (office@gslscolumbia.org) and we will schedule a time for you. It would be our privilege to have your child attend our school and have the opportunity to partner in the education of your child.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School admits students of any race, gender, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational programs.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is partnered with TADS Admissions and Enrollment. The TADS system allows families to submit applications quickly and efficiently.

The Step 1 Admissions process is for families that are new to Good Shepherd. Our Admissions Administrator will review your application and our school office can provide you with status on the review process. When the application has been received you will receive an email from TADS and a phone call from our school office to schedule a family tour/interview with the principal.  Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter with enrollment instructions.

Note to Returning Families – Our returning families do not need to complete the admissions process. TADS will send your system access information to the email address that Good Shepherd has on file. You will start in Step 2 – Enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Get Started with Admissions! (For new Families)

Click here to apply at http://www.tads.com

Step 2: Enrollment

Once your application is approved, we will send a confirmation via email so you can start the enrollment process. Please note that you should complete a separate enrollment for each child in your family. The TADS system is exceptionally intuitive and will walk you through the process. You can ensure that your student secures a position in a class by submitting your registration payment of $150.00 with the application. The registration fees are non refundable.

Once the enrollment process is completed, Good Shepherd will generate a tuition contract for your student in Step 3, Tuition Management.

Look for your confirmation email soon!

Step 3: Tuition Management

Our mission at Good Shepherd is to provide a quality Christian education. Partnering with a third party for tuition management allows Good Shepherd to keep its primary focus on education rather than administration. Our relationship with TADS provides parents with more payment options and methods of payment.

Once your enrollment is submitted and your registration is paid in full, TADS will send you a tuition contract to establish your payment preferences. Our tuition base rate is $4,500.00 per year.

If your student is already enrolled, you can log into your account using the link provided below.

Financial Aid Assessment

Providing quality Christian education is an integral part of the mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School. We strive to provide affordable solutions for families by subsidizing every child’s education. We understand that family circumstances change; therefore, we accept applications throughout the year.

The Lutheran Elementary Association (LESA) allocates MO District funds to offer tuition assistance to children whose families struggle with the rising costs of a Lutheran elementary school tuition.  To be eligible for the MO District funds, financial aid applications need to be completed between January 1 and April 1 each year.  Important information about the MO District funds is provided by the LESA organization here.  The MO District Funds are available in addition to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Cornerstone Scholarships.

Tuition assistance is available on the basis of demonstrated need. If you believe that your resources are not sufficient to meet the total costs of a Good Shepherd Lutheran School education, you are encouraged to apply. Submitting your financial aid application ASAP provides you with the best possible opportunity for assistance.

TADS provides a framework through which household need can be measured fairly and equitably. Recommendations from TADS are used by the Good Shepherd Lutheran School award committee in accordance with its policies to determine the award amount. Final awards notices will be mailed by the committee.

Application Information

Applications for tuition assistance may be completed online at http://www.mytads.com. A $34.00 processing fee is made payable to TADS. Failure to pay the processing fee may delay the evaluation. A financial aid worksheet is available to provide guidance as to what information is needed for the application.
Click here to apply at tads.com

Once you have completed the financial aid worksheet (optional), and then proceed to the application. After all applications are processed each family will be notified of their award.
Click here to apply at tads.com

Supporting Documentation

The following supporting documentation must be submitted to TADS via mail or fax prior to application assessment.

  • Household members’ most recently completed federal tax forms (personal and businesses owned)
  • W-2’s from each job held by household members
  • Most recent pay stub from each job held by household members
  • Documents that establish the amount of miscellaneous monthly or yearly income you currently receive (i.e., welfare, food stamps, unemployment, workers’ compensation, etc.,)
  • All corporate, partnership, and trust forms if a household member owns 20% or more interest in a corporation, partnership or trust

Need Assistance with your Application?

You may contact TADS for assistance completing the application or to check application status. TADS does not have award information.

Online Chat: http://www.mytads.com/
E-mail: support@tads.com
Mailing Address: 110 N 5th St. Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Telephone:  800-477-8237 (M-F, 8-8 Central, Toll Free) 612-548-3320
Fax Number: 612- 548-3326 (24 hours)