Setting the Foundation for Life

Young students love learning at WMAES – because our learning literally has no walls. Throughout the year, students move from classrooms to forests, computers to prairies, and science labs to wetlands.

Our students participate in water sampling, bird watching, plant identification, and a variety of environmentally-based programs, in addition to receiving quality instruction in traditional areas such as reading, writing, math and social studies. Other classes such as Spanish, art, physical education and computer technology provide further stimulation for each child, and creates solid groundwork for a lifelong love of learning.

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science offers affordable before and after school childcare for elementary students. The program allows students to complete homework and interact socially with their peers.

Hi! I’m Kerri Barrett, Elementary Principal at WMAES. kerri-barrett-wmaes

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science has a commitment to excellence. Every member of our staff has a passion for our students and their growth. Together, with families, we are providing our students with the knowledge and experiences that will prepare them for achieving their goal.

Check out our elementary building!

The Dr. Philip A. Wheeler Environmental Center gives students an innovative, creative and engaging environment to experience learning. Take a virtual tour of the building by watching the video.

Elementary News

  • Wes Leonard Donation

Thank you to the Wes Leonard Foundation

Thank you to the Wes Leonard Foundation for donating an automated external defibrillator to WMAES! This AED is valued at over $1,500 and will be a good health safety support for our new Early Childhood Center. Our principal Mrs. Barrett shared that she is thankful for the AED! "In an [...]

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Maranda Visits our Preschool Preview

We were able to spend some time with Maranda from WoodTV8 and talk about our new nature-based preschool that is opening this September 30th, 2019!  Pairing our brand new 8,972 square foot addition with our 62-acres campus will ensure that our preschoolers will be moving and engaged in hands-on learning [...]

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Meet Our New Nature-Based Preschool Staff

This year, we have added our nature-based preschool where hands-on, experiential learning takes place. Our focus will be developing the foundation of early childhood academic skills that will make them prepared for kindergarten and beyond.    Inside the Early Childhood Center, you will also find two teachers that are trained in [...]

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