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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Godwin Heights Senior High School is a public school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 660 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 12% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.
About Godwin Heights Senior High School...
Address
50 35th St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Telephone
(616) 252-2050
Website

Godwin Heights Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
12%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
990
92 responses
Average ACT
21
26 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$48,579
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$758
National
$949
Median Home Value
$100,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 10 responses
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  • Pep rallies
    40%
  • Mock Rock
    30%
  • Assemblies
    10%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • None
    10%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
660
Free or Reduced Lunch
82%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$65,000
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,068/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Godwin Heights Senior High School Reviews

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I give this school a 7 out of 10. If I had kids, I personally wouldn't send them here if Godwin is still the same as it is today; because this school has lower expectations for students. Students learn better from books, not computers. So moving the library to the top floor in a smaller room is a very dumb move. There's a great family atmosphere in this school, an award-winning marching band, an awesome basketball team, and many other great sports. This school has a lot to offer, but when it comes to academics, the expectations are way too low, leading to students not being fully prepared to go to college, to low SAT scores. Godwin just started to implement exams, so that is a good sign for improvement. The state of Michigan removed Godwin from the priority status, which means that school is going the right direction. There is more room to improve, but if the expectations are still the same or worse when I have kids, then I wouldn't consider sending my future kids here.
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The things I like about this school is the diversity everyone has. You’ll see at lunch the groups of different culture come together and become friends. I like that the teachers try their best to cheer up everyone at school. There’s never one teacher that doesn’t have a smile on their face. Even when they’re having a bad day, they try to not show it so the students like me dont feel unwelcomed in their class. My experience at Godwin was pretty good. I made great frienships. I can actually feel that I belong. The only bad thing about Godwin is the food. Everyone is complaining about the food some days is over cooked or some days is not even cooked. But overall they have pretty amazing staff.
Teachers expect kids to be perfect - sit still, no talking, expecting kids to "get it" the first time something is explained. Remember back teachers. What were you like? Be honest with yourself. Why do our kids have to compete with Japan's kids? This is America. Kids learn differently, they are not all the same. Some kids have behavior issues - maybe if you took them under your wing and mentored them their behavior would improve. They NEED good attention. Focus on the good and teach the kids to do the same. Use common sense and be leaders! If you swear, they will swear.