Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Our community realizes that one of the most important decisions you must make as a parent is how to best educate your child. We know you have many options, including homeschooling, public schools, charter schools, and a great variety of private schools.  Consequently, we at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School are committed to earning your trust each day and each year, as we partner with you in the essential growth journey of your child.

We strongly believe that every school should put forward a compelling mission that shares the reason their school exists and the beliefs and values upon which their school is based. At SOTD ours is a powerful identity that creates an exceptional and enriching environment for the learning and growth of children. Our unique identity is summarized by our 3C’s --- Christ-centered, Caring Community, and Comprehensive Curriculum.

Shepherd of the Desert is a Christian school which introduces youngsters to the good news of Jesus Christ. A family need not be Lutheran to enroll, but every family should be open to the powerful message of love and salvation that God has shared with the world through the incarnation of His Son. As a natural outgrowth of this message, by enrolling at SOTD, you will bring into your child’s life many educators who will truly love and care for him/her. Our nurturing environment is quite palpable and will be obvious from your very first visit.

Academically, we offer an inspirational, growth-centered, and vertically aligned curriculum that we believe best prepares students for the highest levels of academics in high school and college. Every school states excellence in academics, but at SOTD we validate our claim. Parents trust our unique educational system that inspires intellectual achievement and substantiates individual student growth.

SOTD changes lives. I invite you to visit us and learn more about how we develop our students in mind, body, and spirit, and why our current parents believe Shepherd of the Desert School is the finest investment they can make in the lives of their children.

As a parent, you only get one chance to educate your child. You must get it right the first time.

We can help.


Vincent M. Stumpo, Ph.D.