This is our 3rd year at this school and our 4th school since my daughter started school (moving & school closings) this has been the best choice I've made for her eduction, I love this school for the many ways it challenges my child and keeps her engaged and wanting to learn! She love's the hands on & outside learning! Character building is an added bonus!
She has excelled since we've been here and I've felt very accepted by staff they have the parent portal online and an app along with dogo and the after school care has updated to an app for more communication. All in all for us it has been a great choice!
Every day is a new adventure at West MI Academy of Environmental Science. My daughter loves how they integrate nature (the surrounding 50+ acres of land) into the curriculum. Additionally, she really enjoys learning Spanish here. As a Kindergartener, she is already aspiring to become a teacher just like Mrs. Cohan. All of the teachers and after school (Green Kids) program staff have made a huge difference. She started school anxious and scared. Now she never wants to miss a day, even when she is sick.
This is more than a school. This is a huge family. The staff care deeply for the students. What became the winning moment that made things clear for me, to send my children here?... The students. They come from all walks of life. They choose to embrace eachothers differences and support one another for who they are. There will never be enough words to exain what a Blessing this school is for my 10th grader and Kindergartner :)
There is no community at this school. It does not seem that parents are welcome in this school. Communication is very poor from this school. You get the feeling that if you have not been at this school since kindergarten you will not be in the "in crowd". The secondary principal is rude and arrogant. This is my daughters first year at WMAES and she is very happy. Her teachers are great and helpful getting her caught up from her previous school. She loves being able to go outside so much. This school would be one of the best out there if the administration was improved. Very conflicted at keeping my daughter here - she loves it but I am not fond of how it is run.
My mom said I should be the one to review WMAES. I liked my friends and gym class. The food was horrible and most times I wouldn't eat. That's saying a lot because I will eat almost anything. My brother said it's jail food but he's never been to jail. Anyways, the teachers were sometimes mean. My math teacher in the 6th grade would just ignore me when I had a question. I would be standing right in front of him and he would be looking at his computer like I wasn't even there. It made me not want to ask him any questions but then I would get in trouble for not doing well in the class. I just started going to a new school and I like it so far. My teachers seem to be nice and I love the food. I don't have gym class yet but I have made lots of new friends. That's all
Putting my children in WMAES was probably one of the worst decisions I have made as a parent. The worst part of this school is they do not provide school books. They hand out random worksheets that make it difficult to complete because they have nothing to reference. Math is the worst because there are little examples on these worksheets. The examples that are provided are from your child doing it in Class. So, if they have a hard time understanding it in class the examples are not any help. Like the parent below I have also noticed students being held back. But what I don't understand is if WMAES is such a wonderful school and they go out their way to help students succeed then why are so many students repeating grades? I believe WMAES could be more successful if they get rid of the middle school principal who is arrogant and very disrespectful. More importantly invest in some school books. I mean if they really care about their students. Positive note the elementary teachers are great!
This is my last year as a parent at WMAES. After 16 years I have seen the bad and the good of this school. The good always has out weighed the bad for our family. It is not for everyone, there is no one perfect school for every child, for my two children it was the perfect fit and in June our youngest will graduate. I encourage all families to find the school that works for your child and make it your perfect school. My family was blessed to find WMAES and it is the perfect school for us, I like to think we helped make it perfect for us.
This school is little more than a sub-par daycare. The children are not properly supervised on the playground and the 'technology' class is little more than playtime on a computer. I am amazed that this is considered a public school in line with traditional schools.
As a parent of 2 children attending WMAES, I have been very pleased with our experience. The teachers have been very helpful, and encourage parents to be as involved as possible with academic achievements of students. With the accelerated curriculum, yes, it does get difficult for students at times- but there are many resources to help those students who are having a difficult time. I'm glad I chose WMAES for my children's education, and look forward to many more years!