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Special Education

Dr. Derek Cooley - Special Education Director

Katie Burpee - Occupational Therapist

Chris Mayer - School Psychologist


Godwin Heights Public Schools provides supports in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for ALL students.  If an academic, social/emotional, speech or fine/gross motor concern arises with a student, a formal intervention is activated.  Please contact the building principal to begin this process.

All children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated.

Godwin Heights provides Special Education Support Services in all four school buildings.  Godwin Heights is using the criteria of “Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses” to determine the existence of a specific learning disability.  Social work, speech and language, and occupational therapies are also available.

Godwin Heights Public Schools is part of Region III of Kent County which is comprised of Byron Center, Godfrey Lee, Godwin Heights, Grandville, Kelloggsville, and Wyoming Public Schools.  Godwin Heights houses the High School Regional Emotionally Impaired program (REI) as well as two elementary Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classrooms and one middle school ASD classroom.

Support for non-school-aged students is provided through the following options: itinerant services (speech & language, social work and/or occupational therapy) and our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program.

For more information, contact Derek Cooley, Special Education Director at 616-252-2090.