Appropriate Independence

Shepherds College is a place for individuals with intellectual disabilities to obtain Appropriate Independence. This is defined as supported self-sufficiency that is aligned with the strengths of each individual and guided by Christian values. This independence is linked with dignity and empowerment. Our desire for these students is to succeed to their individual capacities while living a fulfilling Christian life.

Shepherds College has defined this term using four main principles, and teaches them to the students.
1. We are designed on purpose and for a purpose.
2. We are created as individuals for community.
3. Our purpose is to train for life.
4. Our goal is to empower individuals to serve.