Award Year: 2019

Lakewood Elementary School

2134 West Lakewood Boulevard
Holland, MI, 49424-1327

(616) 786-1300

Mr. Michael Ghareeb, Principal at time of Nomination

West Ottawa Public School District

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Mission

Lakewood nurtures leaders to prepare students to be college, career, and life ready.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Application
Teachers, parents, and students grooving in the gym.

Teachers, parents, and students grooving in the gym.

The students at Lakewood are all of OUR students. While children spend their days learning, behind the scenes things look differently. Teachers, family members, community partners, and mentors work in harmony to make sure every child at Lakewood is successful. At the heart of this work is relationships.

Relationships extend outside of the school walls. As students move on to other schools, the relationships formed follow them as they continue their educational journey. We take pride in establishing a foundation of learning that takes root through connection circles, restorative practices, classroom buddies, and high expectations. Families trust their children to the care of Lakewood teachers because they know they will love and care for them like their own. Lifelong relationships are formed between staff and families that continue beyond the six years a child spends at Lakewood.

Unique also are the variety of programs housed here for a school our size. With classrooms serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, at-risk preschoolers, gifted and talented learners, and students with Cognitive Impairments, not only do Lakewood students understand that all students learn differently, but more importantly that all students have gifts to share. The outcome is relationships that foster empathy and kindness for everyone, all while maintaining high levels of academic achievement.

The positive experiences students acquire build the foundation for future success. At Lakewood Elementary, we have been playing a role in nurturing leaders for over one hundred years, and look forward to impacting the lives of students and families for years to come.