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Godwin Heights Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 600 students

 

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Posted May 15, 2014

i used to go to godwin and let me say i had some difficulties only because of some of the kids there. but most of the kids there are really nice! i made so many friends there i wish i never left. im gonna try to go back to godwin to see my friends. the teachers could do a better job but with all the kids back talking they have a pretty hard job. i do admit when i went there i didnt like the bathrooms because some of them didnt shut and lock so it was uncomfortable. but overall i do miss it and i love the school.


Posted April 29, 2014

I go to this school... Godwin Heights High School. I am a Senior right now as I type this, and let me tell you, I've never had more problems in my life than what this school has put me through. The staff never communicate with each other and they never communicated with me. They want their students to graduate? Well, I'm failing Chem II because of the kids in that class that don't do their work, they are always talking, they always backtalk to the teacher. It's pathetic, its immature, and its selfish, especially to someone who's trying their hardest to GRADUATE. I love chemistry, I do, its fascinating to me. But I'm lost on Ch. 9, 10, and 11 because the teacher has to stop every two minutes, shout and tell kids to leave the room so he can continue to teach, listen to them disobey, then move on without knowing much of what just happened. If I were you, I'd take your child to another school to be successful, because at Godwin, the kids who think they're too cool for school will be in the way of their learning. You're much better off. Plus, the school is a priority school. It's going to be a private school if the kids don't get their act together. Nothing will improve. Nothing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2010

This school DOES NOT deserve the bad press it gets! All of my kids excelled at Godwin High. Two have graduated from college. One was accepted to U of M and is still attending. Because it is small, they were able to play most sports & join clubs that they went out for. Few sports have cuts, which are so devastating to kids. Staff is always available & you will find them volunteering their time in numerous kids' activities, not just teaching. The principal is a nice person, but doesn't relate well to staff, kids, or parents and I could see improvement . Kids are awesome. A very racially & ethnically diverse school. Kids don't notice color or nationality Everyone hangs out together. No racial cliques. A friendly community. Parents do volunteer & could do more. in other areas. Most in sports or band boosters
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

I have heard terrible things about Godwin Heights. They are not true! I have firsthand experience and have seen with my own eyes the closeness of the students whether they be rich or poor, black, white or Hispanic. This district is a melting pot of diversity in socioeconomic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The students are so accustomed to it that they no longer seem to see one another as different in any way. This school and its people represent everything that we as well-reasoned Americans should hope for in our country. It is true that there are some kids who don't care, there are some parents who raise hell, and there are even some teachers who...gasp... show an occasional movie. There are fights, there are loves, there are even some clicks, but show me one place in the entire country that this is not the case. Come see us for yourself...
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 2, 2009

I remeber in the good ole days when there were no kid that did not want to go to godwin. Now I see teachers trying to be kids best friends.Then you have office personal telling parents that been long time godwin residents who loved godwin that they need documintion for good students when there are kids walking the streets who hardly go to school and their parents don't care. I have seen numbers of family still in district have their kids go to other schools in area because they have lost faith in our school system. They took ap classes away and took away some sports that kids love and fixed a pool that I can't use as a resident who pays taxes to the school for the ymca can charge me to use a pool that i already paid for so my kids and other kids can use in area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

Godwin isn't a terrible school at all. For most the people are nice and there are little in clicks. The school only gets bad rumor from students who think life is terrible. And with all that rumor it spreads to other schools and it is so unnessisary. That happens every where. And with Godwin having so much diversity for the most part we all get along and it leaves no racism. Sure it is different to talk smack about your own school and then hear someone else talking about it. You get mad. I know. But other than the negitave the positive runs on the teachers; the majority of them are amazing. And disaplining has changed so much. M.A.T(Madatory After school Tutoring) was created to help kids in classes and allow them to pass school so they can have a lead in life. Everything is heading in a good direction-Cate(Jr.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2008

well this school is great the teachers are there when you need help most of the time some of the newer teachers are still getting the hang of it but there chatching on the school is a good school. me an the vice principal get along great an the counclers are awsume if u ever need any thing to yalk about they are always there for you an a freind. its not the school thats bad it mostly the kids i have went to godwin all my life an this is my last year here an the student are very rude an talk a lot of smake but some are awsume you will always find a freind at godwin there are so many types of people here.**$brad cope$**
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2007

Over my years here at Godwin I heard how people said that Godwin have gone bad. I disagree, I think people have gone bad not the school. So if what one person makes a mistake. [I]don't blame in on everyones else. I am proud to say I go to Godwin Heights. What do[other schools] have that we don't. But I can tell you one thing. We have everything that [they] do, even more. we have each others.-Lam Luu(junior)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

This school is a great district. The system is successful and fulfilling. I beleive that every child deserves a school with sich minority and cultural differences in their lives. Godwin Heights High School is a great school for everyone!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 17, 2007

I applaude the Godwin Heights School district!! I believe in the teachers and their system. If it weren't for them and the closesness we shared, my son would not have graduated. Thank You Godwin!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

This is a good school to go to..
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 28, 2005

I was a parent of a student the attended GHS, I really think the school has it's work cut our for it. If I had to do it all over again I would have moved my child from the district because of the problems with SOME of the students. The teachers should not have to be BABY SITTERS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

As a student (sophomore) at Godwin Heights, I find it dissapointing that people rate Godwin Heights so low. In all reality, the students are the ones who should rate their own school. I think Godwin Heights is a wonderful school. Wonderful teachers who do more that required. Every teacher I know will come before or after school to help a student. Many will even take time out of their lunches to help students! With a wonderul honors system, the students at Godwin Heights are given many liberties and continue to recieve more as we do not abuse them. Students at Godwin Heights are full of school spirit and involvement couldn't be better. Many people shun Godwin Heights because we are a different district, one who cares. With a new principal, Godwin is undergoing constant changes to meet demand. Student involvement couldn't be better! I hope this helps! -Jonathan Morley
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2005

As a graduate of Godwin Heights (1999), I find it incredibly hard to believe some of the problems that are occuring within this once great establishment. I have two younger siblings that are preparing to attend this high school, and to be honest I would rather send them to a school in Indiana. School is supposed to be about teaching, education (obviously), caring about the school and especially those who attend it. During my four years as a student, I was educated and I knew the faculty took pride in their jobs and did their jobs well. As of late, this school has become so sports obsessed, and so scared to discipline certain students that the basic principles in education no longer matter to the faculty or administration, and the ones who pay are the students. What a shame. I wont be attending my high school reunion.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 4, 2005

Godwin Heithts is a good school. They have good teachers. But sometimes the teachers just let them do what they want. Alot of the time in class's they do nothing. Watch movies...play games...talk....gossip...and no work is being done. But in most of the classes there is hard work going on. Unlike alot of schools godwin takes in alot of students that live far away and have been kicked out of there other school. I dont think we need to critize Godwin Heights. I believe with there new principal they will be improving a lot. Their Marching band finished 1st in there flight at state, The current basketball team is 13-0, They are getting better teachers, the bathrooms are all better, there is no more mice. So I think that they have improved a lot over the past years. So dont put down Godwin Height! Theres problems with every school! thank you
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 10, 2004

Godwin Heights has lost all meaning of the word education, they have given up on teaching entirely. Students are subject to an unclean environment. Bathroom doors are falling off, there is no paper or pencils, and some classrooms need mouse traps. Godwin needs to stop blaming its failure on the students mistakes and take a look in the mirror.
—Submitted by a parent


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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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11%

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7%

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11%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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43%

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31%

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45%

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42%
Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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12%

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16%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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21%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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29%

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2011

 
 
29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students11%
Female11%
Male12%
African American4%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities12%
English language learners3%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female41%
Male46%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Science

All Students12%
Female10%
Male15%
African American7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities12%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Social Studies

All Students21%
Female18%
Male25%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities22%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a

Writing

All Students29%
Female35%
Male22%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learners3%
Migrantn/a
Homelessn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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ACT participation

85%

Average ACT score

16

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% 6%
White 26% 69%
African-American 21% 18%
Asian 4% 3%
Multiracial 4% 2%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  • Mr. Chad Tolson
Fax number
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50 35Th St Sw
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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