West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

From preschool through 12th-grade, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science offers a complete, fully accredited education grounded in the disciplines and rewards of science. Our goal is clear: to develop both a successful student and a responsible, conscientious adult.

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We pride ourselves on creating a positive work environment, and ensure that it’s a place you look forward to showing up every day!

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We create an environment where children advance in learning because they learn through discovery. Save your child's seat today!

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Nature-Based GSRP Preschool!

Preschoolers at WMAES get the unique experience of learning alongside nature and in their specialized Outdoor Classroom.

Children are natural learners – using adventures and experiences to shape their every day lives.

When you envision your child’s education, do you see them reading a textbook cover to back? Here at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, the world is our guide book. Science and nature guide children at WMAES to experience learning. What makes us great is our belief that children thrive because we allow their learning to expand to endless possibilities – becoming an individualized learning path for each student.

From preschool through 12th-grade, we offer a complete, fully accredited education grounded in the disciplines and rewards of science. At West Michigan Academy, our goal is clear; to create an environment where children advance in learning because they learn through discovery. Our environment develops both a successful student and a responsible, conscientious adult.

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Staff Spotlight: Dustin Hunter, High School Social Studies

December 16, 2022
“Hi! I am Dustin Hunter, a high school social studies teacher at WMAES. This is my 10th year teaching here and I absolutely love it because of the students, staff, and chicken drumsticks. I have two amazing kids, Teddy and…
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Staff Spotlight: Jonathon Selbig, Elementary Math Specialist

December 16, 2022
“My name is Jonathan Selbig. This will be my ninth year working at WMAES. Over the past 15 years, I have taught 3rd grade for 12 years, as well as 5th grade ELA and Social Studies. I am currently the…
Photo of West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science's High School Environmental Science Curriculum Specialist, Hunter Klaus

Staff Spotlight: Hunter Klaus, High School Environmental Science Curriculum Specialist

December 9, 2022
“Hi my name is Hunter, I am the HS Environmental Science Curriculum Specialist, the outdoors is something I’ve valued and prioritized my entire life, through my career and personal life alike. My journey started as a three year old camping…

What Others Are Saying

No two children are alike, mine certainly are not, but WMAES has been a great fit for them both. I recommend the school all the time and those interested should always explore and check out WMAES for their students.”

-April Sutphin-Nelson, Parent

This school is tremendous and I couldn’t imagine sending my son anywhere else. Where can you go and receive so much one-on-one attention and complete upfront communication from the staff.”

-Jennifer Deitrich, Parent

When I came to WMAES, I knew I had found the right fit for my teaching style. It’s rare to have colleagues so willing to work together, and a student body so accepting of each other. Plus, what science teacher wouldn’t want a 62-acre outdoor lab?”

-Shawn Wessell, Environmental Education Specialist

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, Parent and HS Social Studies Teacher

The opportunities our students have to explore the outdoors and learn about the world around them is amazing! Students at WMAES love learning in our environment. I always seem to learn something new too!”

-Kimberly Jones, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

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UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS

The Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on January 17, 2023.

The Board of Directors will meet at:
4463 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 Elem Bldg. Rm. 129

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