"I love West Michigan Academy. This school is tremendous and I couldn't imagine sending my son anywhere else. My husband and I searched for the right school for our family and we found it with West Michigan. The leadership is amazing. I love that the staff will meet my student where he is academically. If he needs help he will receive it but, if he is excelling in an area he will be pushed to achieve more. The communication you receive from teachers is wonderful. I always feel that I can talk to my son's teacher about any area of concern and the need will always be addressed. Where can you go and receive so much one-on-one attention and complete upfront communication from the staff. A wonderful school that I will continue to send my son to."
Jennifer Dietrich, Parent
"As a four year teacher at WMAES, I am very thankful to be in a public school that values the individual needs of its students EVERY single day. Considering our diverse population, we focus on preparing all students to be successful in today’s world by teaching life strategies, positive character development, and citizenship, along with strong academic instruction. I find the most joy out of the relationships I have developed with my students which help them to approach their education in a more welcoming, growing, understanding, and positive environment. This is where I am supposed to be and I am very proud of what we stand for – kids."
Terry Larkin - 6th Grade Teacher
"My three years at West Michigan Academy have been such a blessing. Because I teach 9th - 12th grade Social Studies, I have had the opportunity to get to know all of our high school students. Every year, it’s exciting to observe their academic and social growth. To have my Global Issues students relate our current unit of study to an event they learned in US History two years prior is such a satisfying experience.
I have also had the pleasure of advising the Student Council of WMAES. From helping the hungry and homeless in Grand Rapids to fundraising for humanitarian relief around the world, these students are gaining a strong awareness of the power of community.
Because of the outstanding group of students, teachers, and administration at WMAES, I have complete confidence our graduates leave with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and beyond."
Julie Tuuk - Teacher & Parent
"I have taught at West Michigan Academy for seven years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of subject areas in grades ranging from 3rd to eighth. Currently, I teach within my specialty area, Language Arts, at the middle school level. I am so thankful to be able to teach at a school such as WMAES. The staff is a family of educators who work together, with WMAES parents and students, to create a cohesive community of teachers and learners that promote a lifelong love of learning within our students. Administration contributes to this wonderful atmosphere through its ongoing support, leadership, and encouragement that enables the WMAES staff to create this love of learning within our students.
Nowhere else can one teach using 62 acres of land as a classroom. This vast outdoor classroom at WMAES gives students the opportunity to learn about the environment in a hands-on way, while at the same time, allows teachers to integrate an environmental focus into their subject area. The lessons learned on our campus go far beyond the classroom walls, providing students with a fundamental knowledge and a deep understanding about the environment that they will carry with them through life."
Melissa Moens, Teacher