Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools is a small community school district with an experienced and dedicated staff that offers small class sizes to a culturally diverse student population. This signifies the commitment to academic excellence shared by the staff and community. The community provides strong support for our schools, as exhibited through partnerships with a network of organizations, local businesses, and higher education institutions. The Godfrey-Lee community embraces the concept of educating the whole child by focusing on academics, fine arts, character development and civic responsibilities.

District Mission

Prepare each student for college and career in a global community

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and dual-enrollment classes through Grand Rapids Community College. We also have a focus on relevant and meaningful learning experiences that extend beyond our students' time at Godfrey-Lee. A hallmark of this philosophy is our Senior Capstone projects where our students demonstrate their learning in an applied manner toward a possible career or area of study.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including a comprehensive educational program in the fine and performing arts, physical education, and integrated STEM instruction.  We also have after school opportunities including TEAM 21, co-curricular clubs, academic support opportunities, adult learning, athletics, and a music program.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we offer Kent School Services Network support at each site in our district, the only district in Kent County that provides this level of service. We also offer social work, speech pathologists, guidance counselors, staff to support English learners, success coaches, instructional coaches, reading and math specialists, and we partner with Kent ISD for literacy coaching support.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success. In addition, we partner with Kent ISD to support the Bright Beginnings program.

How Godfrey Lee is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Attracting high quality teachers
  • Increasing salaries in the early years to retain talent
  • Providing updated curriculum materials to support literacy instruction
  • Purchasing resources for STEM instruction
  • Support innovative initiatives resulting from the district’s human-centered design process focused on learning growth and achievement in content and critical 21st century skills

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $397,245

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Mission:

Prepare each student for college and career in a global community.

About Our District

Godfrey-Lee is a small community school district with an experienced and dedicated staff that offers small class sizes to a culturally diverse student population. This signifies the commitment to academic excellence shared by the staff and community. The community provides strong support for our schools, as exhibited through partnerships with a network of organizations, local businesses, and higher education institutions. The Godfrey-Lee community embraces the concept of educating the whole child by focusing on academics, fine arts, character development and civic responsibilities.

Superintendent, Kevin Polston