Admission decisions are based on academic performance, potential, and growth, as well as the character of each candidate. We look at the whole child in making admissions decisions. Transcripts and standardized test scores give us an indication of the applicant’s academic abilities. Recommendations from teachers tell us more about the kind of person and student the applicant is, about his or her motivation, interests, and abilities to interact with peers and adults. Finally, the student visits the classroom and spends the day with the class he or she would be joining. During this visit, we observe classroom dynamics and participation. The personal interaction with the applicant also helps us determine if Good Shepherd is the right fit for the child.