I wouldn't want to work anywhere else! This is a great community to be a part of! Everyone (including staff) is held to a high standard so all can excel. I'm proud to be a part of WMAES & Choice Schools!
This school is just ok for me. I think the biggest problem is all your suggestions are ignored. The teachers have a way of doing something and they want to stick with it even if it's not working for your child. The teachers treat and expect all students to learn the same way. Also, If your child is behind on something, DO NOT expect to hear something from the teachers. I have a child that has been going there for 2 years and one that has been there for three years, and some teachers are better than others. Maybe this is the reason that they can't seem to keep the same teachers. The school is already on their 3rd principal since my youngest has started...kind of makes you wonder why. If your considering this school, I would really look around first.
This is my first year teaching at this school, but I can already see how much the teachers care for their students. We have a teacher that is up for Michgian Charter School Teacher of the Year, we have teachers that are always collaborating with one another, and we have an awesome support staff through the principal. We have smaller class sizes and Individualized Student Learning Plans, so the instruction is more individualized. Not only are the teachers teaching the academic part, but they are also teaching the students life skills and good character traits like responsibility, respect, and compassion.
Worst decision I ever made was bringing my child here. They tell you they want parent input but believe me it's like talking to a brick wall. Whatever your concern is You hear oh we wasn't aware of that we'll look into it and make necessary changes-nothing ever changes. If you have a perfect child all is well but if your child has trouble remembering to turn in assignments or any normal issues you would expect from kids all they can say is your child needs to become more organized and responsible. WMAES they are children they do not always remember - try being their teacher, contact the parents if there is an issue, we shouldn't be hearing about it at conferences. Why can't teachers post and scan a copy of homework when you assign it. If parents are able to see what has been assigned each night and if necessary print a copy it would be easier for us to keep track of their homework. Why do we not see what has been assigned until its late. It would only take a couple of minutes and save us having to call and e-mail about missing assignments after they are late. Apparently the way you've always done it isn't working. You've heard from a parent we'll see if anything changes.
This school has failed my child on multiple occasions. When she started at this school last year I was told they think she needs to repeat kindergarten. I only agreed to this based on them stating they would put her in 1st grade AA and continue to check her progress to see if she can move into 1st grade. Needless to say this never happened even after continually telling the teacher this is what was promised. now my child is a grade behind and no one is going out of their way to correct the situation. The only thing they say they can do is what they promised to do last year. What a failure. Just last night my daughter informs me her teacher asked her (a 7 year old) "why is she in 2nd grade AA if she can't read". Is this really the way you speak to chdren? The school and teachers are NOT up to par.
The teachers and administration are dedicated to the education and development of the kids and it definitely shows. This school has been a great asset to our community and ranks among the top schools in the state!
Wonderful staff, wonderful students. Growing school that is always making strides to better educate and help the student body and staff. I could not ask for a better place to work. My children have attended here since kindergarten and I do not regret that choice.
The school added two more day camps to their summer program, they offer free meals over the summer for anyone 18 years old and under, their summer school is even more personal than during the school year and they are making plans to expand. It is a school that requires a student to achieve at least C average in everything but encourages each student to go beyond that. Strong focus on science and the environment but also focused on overall academics that will prepare a student for the future. The school is always trying to move forward in the areas of academics, growth, teamwork, and anti-bullying and is always looking for ways to improve in those four areas.
My Son is a sophmore this year at WMA-ES (his second year) he was very bored with our public school and wanted a change. He has a 3.56 gpa and is doing very well. He likes all of his teachers and even though he does not prefer English class, he has had a couple of teachers that make this a much more interesting class for him. Thanks to all the teachers there!
My children have been attending this school for four years. I really like this school. My belief is that no matter what school, you are bound to have a year or more of teachers that you feel are not as good as others. Obviously. So yes my children have had a teacher than I felt could have done better. You will also have just as many problems with bullying or parent to teacher communication with any school your children attend. There seems to be many changes taking place at the school over the last few years and last year could have gone better, but. . . I have complete faith in this school to continue progressing and becoming an even BETTER school. As a parent of WMAES I know that if you put in the time to be involved with your children's academics and speak with the teachers and principles you will get the help and/or advice you need and expect. Thank you WMAES! I love this school! WMAES staff, you're MY families, second family!
As an employee of this school I have to say that I truly disagree with those people who say that the administration is horrible. I see what the principals are dealing with everyday and they do a tremendous job. Our principals came in to this job with a mess to clean up and I believe they have been doing that. WMAES is a tremendous school with a lot of support for both staff and students. I would not hesitate to send a student here.
I have taught at this school for the past few years, and I can tell you that there are many great teachers, but the administration is horrible. All the teachers are constantly looking for new jobs because we all feel like we are in a constant fear of losing our own jobs. Administration does not care about its staff or the students. I believe the main goal for this school is for the people higher up to make money, because we certainly don't see any of it being spent in the classroom on the students. I would never send my child to this school. It has a lot of potential, but as long as the same principals are working here, nothing will change
This school has really good teachers, however this school goes through teachers like it goes through toliet paper. The principal acts like he cares so much about his students , but if you have a problem, he will do everything in his power to avoid you. It takes going waaaaay over his head to get any type of problems solved. I recommend you move into Kenowa district or find a friend that lives in kenowa district. If you really do not like your kids, then by all means send them to this school!
The school was great, i enjoyed my time spent there, but the communication from parent to the administration sucked. What i mean by that is when a parent expresses their concern the school does a bad job of fixing the problem and the problem still persists until it is too late and fights start between the students. The teachers were amazing even though they usually didnt keep the same teacher more than 1 year. Very few teachers had been kept more than that. All around great school but dont expect your concerns to be taken care of by the administators.
The school is moving forward and doing a great job teaching the students to be better people as well as feeding their young minds.
The school has greatly improved over the past 2 years. It is a safe environment where learning and respect for both staff and fellow students is taught. I see nothing but good things happening now & in future years!
I am the godparent to students at this school and I see great things there. The students are really learning and the staff is very helpful. I enjoy my visits there and when my son is old enough for preschool and if we are still in Michigan he will be going there. I enjoy the small class sizes and the individual attention I see my godchildren receive on my visits and that I hear them talk about. I have heard good things about the new principal that started this year and about the high school principal who is on his second year I think. They both seem to really care about their students not just their studies either, their health and their life. I recommend this school for everyone to at least try.
I like the volleyball team, anyone 7-12 grade can try out and anyone with good grades can play if they are on the team. My teachers really seem to care and even put up with me coming in before school to ask for help. It's not the greatest school probably but I like it.
I am a teacher at this school and very proud of how far this school has come. There have been dramatic changes over the years and we employ some of the best teaching staff that Grand Rapids has to offer. Our school has high standards and high expectations of our students. We want every student to be the best that they can be!! Thank you, WMAES, for your commitment to the kids, the parents and the staff!
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