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In keeping with our Strategic Design, GISD is committed to equipping our teachers to better prepare our learners with innovative teaching strategies to optimize student engagement; this resulted in the recent distinction as a Top Ranked District for Teacher Support in Texas!

  • Travis Allen,  Google Young Minds winner and founder of the iSchool initiative, presented the following workshops to GMS & GHS teachers during 2016-17 Inservice:
    • Becoming a Lifelong Learner
    • “Can You Google That” Advanced Questioning
  • Don Wettrick, the innovative teacher, encouraged GISD teachers and administrators to collaborate with experts and students, foster a climate of innovation to inspire students to be problem-solvers and leaders; consequently, Genius Hours take place on all campuses.
  • Dave Burgess, New York Times Best Selling author and educator, trained our staff in January 2017 on increasing student engagement and boosting creativity in the classroom.
  • Thinking Maps, the entire GMS staff are trained and utilizing Thinking Maps.  Thinking Maps professional development is designed to increase teacher and leadership effectiveness and positively impacting student achievement, critical and creative thinking.  We are fortunate to have several staff members that are Trainers themselves!  The high school is slated to come “on board” with Thinking Map training in the summer of 2017.
  • Wildcats Sweep District 7-AAAA UIL Academic Meets                broom
    • It was a district-wide clean sweep….Godley Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, and High School campuses all brought home the gold when each campus earned the distinction of 2015-16 District 7-AAAA Champion in UIL Academic competitions. This is a first for Godley and a tremendous achievement for our student body, faculty, and community. Students in grades 2-12 competed in listening, speaking, math, social studies, chess, and numerous fine art competitions including one-act play.

District Profile:

  • District Size & Class Size: Godley ISD is a rural district encompassing 122 square miles in Johnson, Tarrant, and Hood counties. Our student enrollment is just under 1900 students. Our district philosophy continues to champion small student to teacher ratios for optimal instruction. Our school board and administrators strive to keep primary class sizes (preK-5) under 20:1, and secondary class sizes (6-12) under 25:1. Currently, our average class size at all levels is 13:1.
  • Grade Level Alignment: 1 Elementary (PreK-3), 1 Intermediate School (4-6), 1 Middle School (7-8), 1 High School (9-12).
  • Accountability: All campuses and the district Met Standard for the State academic accountability system and earned the highest rating by the State for fiscal management. GISD joined However, GISD believes that student, campus, and district achievement should look beyond high stakes standardized multiple choice exams to a meaningful assessment that has value for students, school, and community.  A Community Based system will be a multifaceted assessment that gives a clearer view of individual and district achievement and will target strengths as well as areas in need of improvement.  
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: GISD offers numerous opportunities for student involvement in school sponsored activities, in fact, over 75% of the Godley High School student body is involved in at least one extracurricular activity, school sponsored group or organization. All of our campuses have been recently renovated and are equipped with state of the art technology and infrastructure. Through our one-to-the-world initiative, all of our 6-12 students are issued their own Chromebook. We are one-to-the-world because we believe education should use technology to open our student’s classroom to the world. GISD offers limited transfer options for students who qualify academically but do not reside in the district. GISD offers a small town community atmosphere with a caring and supportive staff, acting together as one team with one purpose; to empower students to lead tomorrow.
  • Specializations and Program Offerings:
    • Watch Dog Dads
    • Multiple online offerings including multiple languages, GT & AP courses.
    • 22 pathways & 19 endorsements in all five endorsement areas.
    • Virtual school network
  • Extracurricular: Students can participate in athletics through football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, track, cross-country, swimming, golf, power- lifting, and student training. We have a comprehensive fine arts program that includes the visual arts, marching band, basketball pep band, concert band, choir, theater, color guard /drill team/dance and cheerleading. There are multiple opportunities at all levels for academic competition and we are strong UIL Academics, FFA, and our debate program. Other clubs and activities may include National Honor Society, Student Council, Principal’s advisory committee, PALS, FCCLA, Strategies Club, Exchangettes, Soccer club, Spanish Club, Journalism, and Yearbook.
  • Safety and Security: The safety/security systems at all campuses allow the use of digital technology and high-resolution cameras to capture images at all times in commons areas, parking lots, building entrances and buses to provide a deterrent to poor behavior and a tool for resolving issues for campus administrators. Controlled access and advanced visitor & volunteer registration systems are additional safety features at all campuses. We have a school resource officer (SRO) through the Johnson County Sheriff’s department in the district at all times. GISD employs COPsync911 and online crisis tools in partnership with the City of Godley and the Johnson County Sheriff’s department that provides first responders immediate and real-time access to cameras, floor plans, photos, contact information, etc., to all GISD schools in case of an emergency. For online security, GISD utilizes internet content filtering, individual user tracking and logging, student e-mail filtering, and ESET endpoint protection.
  • M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: M&O 1.04, I&S .50, for a total tax rate of $1.54, which is one of the lowest tax rates in North Texas. Our last bond was in 2016 for $32.1 million.
  • Average Home Value in District: $92,432
  • Selling Points:
    • We strive to have small class sizes.
    • We have a caring and well-trained staff.
    • Our teachers and students have access to the latest digital tools.
    • 75% of the GHS student body not only participates but competes well in extracurricular activities.
    • Every varsity sport advanced to the playoffs in 2013.
    • Our marching band scored all 1’s and advanced to the regional UIL level at the latest band competition.
    • Our FFA had several teams compete at the state level in 2013.
    • Our Debate team advanced to State the last two years and had a national qualifier last year.
    • We still swing the board. (but we rarely need to)