Good Shepherd Cathedral School

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Good Shepherd Cathedral School
Paaralang Katedral ng Mabuting Pastol
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Former names
Good Shepherd Parish Learning Center;
Good Shepherd Parish Academy
Motto Where Christian Formation and Catholic Education are at their Best!
Type Private, Parochial school
Established 1995
Affiliation Roman Catholic Diocese of Novaliches
Principal Dr. Carina G. Dacanay
Director Rev. Fr. Albert N. Delvo
Location Quezon City, Metro Manila,  Philippines
14°38′48″N 121°3′20″E / 14.64667°N 121.05556°E / 14.64667; 121.05556Coordinates: 14°38′48″N 121°3′20″E / 14.64667°N 121.05556°E / 14.64667; 121.05556
Campus Omega Avenue corner Rado Street, Fairview Park, Quezon City
Hymn GSCS Hymn
Colors Red      White     
Nickname Shepherds
Affiliations RCBN-ES, MaPSA, CEAP
Website GSCS Website

Good Shepherd Cathedral School (GSCS) is a Filipino Catholic school located at the corner of Omega Avenue and Rado Street in West Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines. It is a private sectarian school situated at the back of the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, the seat of the Bishop of Novaliches. GSCS is one of the 9 member-schools of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Novaliches Educational System (RCBN-ES) and also a member of the Manila Ecclesiastical Province School Systems Association (MaPSA) and of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

History[edit]

The Good Shepherd Cathedral School, formerly known as Good Shepherd Parish Academy or GSPA, began as a preschool in 1995. Founded by the erstwhile pastor of the Good Shepherd Parish, Msgr. Fidelis Ruben F. Limcaco, it was simply known then as Good Shepherd Parish Learning Center. This school for children was part of the many projects that Msgr. Fidelis had undertaken in his 27 years of pastoral service to the parishioners of Fairview. With the help of Dr. Carina G. Dacanay, the school's founding principal, the school has grown and developed complete services of preschool and grade school.

Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., JCL,
Bishop of Novaliches and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Rev. Msgr. Fidelis Ruben F. Limcaco,
School Director, 1995-2002
Rev. Msgr. Jesus-Romulo C. Rañada, School Director, 2002-2007
Rev. Fr. Albert N. Delvo,
School Director, 2007–present

In August 1, 2002, upon the retirement of Msgr. Fidelis, Msgr. Jesus-Romulo C. Rañada, the former Rector of San Carlos Seminary, took over the directorship of the school. It was during his time that the school expanded further and established a high school and a Center for Integral Evangelization (CIE). It was also during Msgr. Romy's term that the GSCS Main Building was built. In 2003, after the Good Shepherd Parish was elevated to the status of a cathedral of the newly established Diocese of Novaliches, the school was renamed as Good Shepherd Cathedral School.

On May 13, 2007, the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches, appointed Rev. Fr. Albert N. Delvo as the new School Director of GSCS in concurrent capacity as superintendent of the diocesan schools of Novaliches. Fr. Albert's coming signified the direction of Bishop Tobias towards unification of all the diocesan schools under one directorship. Fr. Albert made possible the construction of a new four-story building named as the HEART Building (His Excellency Antonio R. Tobias Building) with air-conditioned classrooms, library, speech laboratory, faculty room, audio-visual room and an ECE Learning Center.

In 2010, GSCS marked another milestone in its history when it celebrated its 15th founding anniversary with activities such as Parents & Teachers Got Talent Too and Mr. and Ms. GSCS 2010. The year-long celebration culminated with the school's production of the musical The Dreamer (an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) which showcased the talents of GSCS students.

The School Year 2012-2013 witnessed the school's initial implementation of the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education Curriculum, in line with the national government's effort of improving the quality of basic education in the country.

As part of the school's continuing mission of developing the potential of each student to its fullest, GSCS adopted the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) as a teaching method beginning School Year 2013-2014. The program, which was developed by renowned Filipino physicists and 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees' Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF), aims to improve learner disposition through process-induced learning in which 70 to 80 percent covers student independent activities and only 20 to 30 percent lecture and class discussion. DLP was primarily designed to make the students responsible for their own learning and work independently without close supervision.

In 2013, GSCS was given certification by the Private Education Assistance Committee - Fund for Assistance to Private Education (PEAC-FAPE). The certification serves as a quality assurance that the school complies with the minimum standards set by the Department of Education and qualifies it to the Educational Service Contracting (ESC) Program of the government.

In November 17–18, 2014, the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) conducted its preliminary visit to GSCS as part of the school's accreditation of its integrated basic education program. The following year, the school was given a "candidate status" by the PAASCU.

In 2015, GSCS has been granted permit by the Department of Education to offer Senior High School (Grades 11 and 12) beginning School Year 2016-2017. In the same year, the school celebrated its 20th founding anniversary.

Levels Offered[edit]

(As of School Year 2016-2017)

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

  • Nursery
  • Kindergarten

Primary Level

  • Grades 1-3

Intermediate Level

  • Grades 4-6

Junior High School

  • Grades 7-10

Senior High School

  • Grades 11-12

Senior High School Strands

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Accounting, Business and Management (ABM)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)

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