Imagine watching a golden butterfly spread its wings for the first time; turning ordinary branches into a garden arbor; writing a report on paper you’ve made yourself; discovering ways to turn storm runoff into a fertile growing area. At West Michigan Academy, students apply classroom lessons to broader, real-life areas daily.
At West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, learning takes an active roll. We consider active participation in the learning process as a paramount to success in school and through life. With our challenging accelerated program, the focus is on the intellectual development of each student.
- Extensive, all-encompassing environmental science program
Every student participates in a weekly environmental science class that takes them outside, in the labs, and helps fosters the experiences they have learned.
- Differentiated Learning
This process recognizes each student’s abilities, and teaches to the individual in regards to how a student learns, and the amount of time each student needs to master the topic.
- Hands-On Curriculum
Outdoor classrooms, active gardens, animal studies, on-going classroom projects, Service Learning, and an in-depth science fair program are just a few of the ways students apply their studies to real-life experiences.
- Accelerated Program
Students are encouraged to work to their highest potential and are provided with the resources and opportunities to advance quickly.
- Strong Character Education Program
Every month, students discuss specific positive character traits. In Pre-K through fifth grade, a student is selected from each class and awarded with the Power of One honor for best modeling that month’s character education theme.