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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

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Toys for Eagles

The student council of WMAES led a very robust Toys for Eagles program this year. They wanted to make sure that every child and family in the community had a memorable holiday. Toys for Eagles is an internal support program that offers WMAES families the opportunity to celebrate the holiday [...]

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Staff Spotlight: Amanda Kinnucan

Amanda Kinnucan plays a vital role in West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science’s daily success.  Her title is Office Assistant, but her work plays a huge role in achieving WMAES’ growth, goals and establishing its culture. You can often find her behind-the-scenes completing tasks that contribute to the school’s success [...]

  • Sara, Kerri, Becky, Grace

Choice Leaders Present at National and Local Conferences

  “You can buy attention, but you can’t buy trust. You can buy attention with billboards, you can buy attention with radio ads, but you can’t buy trust. Trust is earned through storytelling.” That was the message you would hear during Sara Mooney, chief communications and development officer, and Kerri [...]

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Students attend Shark Tank at Davenport University

Thousands of dollars were not being offered for the pitched ideas at the Davenport University Shark Tank experience, but students did get the thrill of being under pressure and learning how to sell an idea they are passionate about in a short period of time. West Michigan Academy of Environmental [...]

Upcoming Elementary Events

2020/2021 Re-Enrollment

February 3 - February 28

Parent Teacher Conferences

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Parent Teacher Conferences/Early Dismissal

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm