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We expect more from our middle and high school students, because we offer more.

Emphasis on core studies such as language and writing, math, social studies, and science intensifies as we prepare our 7th and 8th graders for high school and beyond.

Students focus more rigorously on the Scientific Method – the collection of data through experimentation and observation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses. Weekly outdoor science labs continue, and students are encouraged to take part in an afterschool academic acceleration program that allows each child to focus on a particular area of study.

In addition, broader course offerings such as Spanish and Environmental Science are introduced, and the early presentation of high school material begins. At this level, teachers and staff also take time to identify individual strengths and weaknesses with each student to ensure that each child not only has a solid grasp of the core curriculum, but also continues to receive the resources and guidance needed to advance.

WMAES is the only area high school that focuses so intently on the rigors and rewards of science. Yet, it still provides a complete, well-rounded education for every student.

High school students select one of four Science Pathways: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Physics. The Pathway that they choose is interwoven throughout all fields of studies (e.g. language arts, social studies, art) and influences their curriculum for the entire year.

For students preparing for careers in science, the intense level of instruction they receive is unparalleled.

In fact, before graduating, students at West Michigan Academy are required to earn more than twice as many credits in science that are required by the state. And for those students pursuing other fields, such as math, law, and liberal arts, the discipline and skills they learn via the science methodology provide a foundation for sound judgment, reasoning, deduction, logic, and instruction that will benefit them their entire lives.

Our students’ graduate ready to enter college. In fact, some students are prepared for college even before they graduate thanks to programs that feature dual enrollment, advanced college placement courses, college credit and, in some cases, even early graduation.

Hi! I’m Alan Bosker, Secondary Principal at WMAES.alan-bokser-wmaes

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science has dedicated ourselves to high performing academics, character education and a strong school culture.  Our community of learners and educators promote a sense of belonging and passion for education.  Our hands-on experiences and student-focused nature has earned WMAES a spot as one of the best secondary charter schools in Michigan.  

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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 [...]

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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 [...]