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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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Middle & High School 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 [...]