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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

  • WMAES Student Randy with Joshua Miller, WMAES dean of students

Reducing Debt Before College – A Senior Capstone Project

On February 26 and 27, 32 students presented their senior capstone projects regarding current world issues to a panel of judges. Topics ranged from mental health in teens to online gambling just to name a few. One project, in particular, spotlighted the student loan crisis in America. Senior Randy Miedendorp [...]

  • 5th graders measuring circumference of tree
  • Second graders tapping tree
  • Second graders tapping tree
  • 2nd grader watching sap drip from tree
  • 2nd graders standing by maple tree

Sugar Maple Trees

As the season changes we watch the snow melt away and the sun warm the bitter, cold air. It’s nearly spring! We pack away the snowshoes and sleds and head to the forest toward the sweet smell of our sugar maple trees. Students are already busy tapping for sap. Depending [...]

  • 8th grade English class in Walker City Courtroom

To Kill a Mockingbird Trial

On Wednesday morning Mr. Wrobbel’s 8th grade English class packed up for a quick trip to the Walker City Courthouse to go to trial. In order to create an engaging and interactive experience, Mr. Wrobbel has his students enact the trial scene from To Kill a Mockingbird. This year they [...]

  • Sunset drawing with three girls of different races holding hands in unity

Student Spotlights: Written by Students

Art By Adria and Murphy This piece was made by Sophia, a freshman here at WMAES. Her passion for art stemmed from her passion for activism. A clothing company named J Jill holds an art competition every year, for a fundraiser for women's rights. During the competition artists can try [...]

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