Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd



Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School is located in the St. Joseph school facility, 1210 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, next to St. Joseph Church.  The school facility includes a computer lab, full gymnasium/auditorium, art room, music room, science room, cafeteria, library, and athletic field.



  The GWCRSS class size for grades 3 - 8 is 30 students. Diocese of Providence class size is 35 for grades K -8.   If for any reason, the class size should need to be changed parents would be notified.

Grade 3 follows a strict primary school curriculum which emphasizes instruction in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion and Spanish. Classes at this grade level are self-contained. Computer education is introduced, as well as Art, Music and Physical Education classes.

Grades 4 and 5 serve as transitional grades between the primary and the middle school grades. Our program in these grades emphasizes the development of study and organization skills and easing the way for students into the middle school structure.

Teachers at the middle school level work in grade level teams, with a special emphasis on high academic standards, coordination of the educational program, and personal interaction between the teachers and students. These teams meet regularly to make sure they are working together for the good of all the students. 

Teachers instruct in their areas of expertise, covering all the major academic subjects, plus religion. There are also special programs in computer education, art, music, Spanish, and physical education.

All students attend Mass at least once a month with their school, and Religion is taught daily.  The sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered periodically to all students.  Community service projects, such as collections of food, clothing and toys, contributions to foreign missions, and environmental clean-ups are also used to help students learn the Christian values of faith, love, service, sacrifice, giving, cooperation and compassion.

Teachers use a wide variety of methods and techniques, including interdisciplinary teaching, wherein teachers often collaborate on a topic unit that incorporates each of the academic subjects.  This approach enables teachers and students to examine the connections between subject areas, rather than learn them only as separate courses, which prepares them better for the real world of complex situations.



Our extra-curricular program includes instrumental music, student council, peer tutoring, boys’ and girls’ basketball, bowling, choir, board game club, pep squad, flag football, co-ed soccer, co-ed volleyball, dance, floor hockey, school newspaper, yearbook, drama and other activities as coaches and moderators are available.



Certain remedial programs are available in school and through the public school system for those who are in need of these services.

A daily hot-lunch program is provided in our cafeteria at a reasonable cost.

Bus transportation is a service provided to families by the city/town in which they reside. The Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System is designated by both the Diocese of Providence and the State of Rhode Island as a regional school. Students in grades K-8 residing in Woonsocket must live an eligible distance from the school to receive bus services. Students in grades K-8 residing in Burrillville, Cumberland, North Smithfield, are eligible for busing through the Rhode Island Statewide Transportation System.


Morning “Homework Haven” (7:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.) and Afternoon “Homework Haven” (2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.) are available daily, at no cost to parents.


Students registered at Good Shepherd in grades 3 through 6 are eligible to enroll in the Extended Day Program, located at Monsignor Gadoury. For additional information go to: About Us-Extended Day Program.