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

  • West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Achieved Green Schools’ Evergreen Status!

Central Michigan University Highlights Evergreen Achievement

Our school community is passionate about the environment and our efforts toward sustainability. As most of you know, this year we achieved Green Schools' Evergreen status. Today we received recognition for our environmental efforts from our wonderful authorizer, Central Michigan University (CMU)! Check out CMU’s newsletter, Front and Center, to [...]

  • #EnviroParents Podcast

Gym Teacher turned Podcaster

This year we have witnessed our teachers step up to be remarkably innovative. From recording lessons and making videos, to creating Google website classrooms! The circumstances have not made their jobs easy. Our gym teacher, Mark Slotman, even started a podcast. That’s right, a podcast!  In this podcast Mr. Slotman [...]

  • 10,000-meals-served

More than 10,000 meals served!

As of Friday, May 1, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) has served approximately 10,220 meals to our students since the stay-at-home order went into effect. This number represents breakfast and lunch for five days a week. The meals are packaged in individual sacks but given in bulk on [...]

  • WMAES Ranked 4th best charter school in Michigan

Ranked Fourth Best Charter High School in Michigan

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science High School was ranked the fourth best charter high school in the state of Michigan! Our high school principal, Alan Bosker, had this to say about the ranking: "Being recognized as the fourth best high school charter is a true reflection of our entire [...]