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About This School

West MI Academy of Arts and Academics is a charter middle school in Ferrysburg. The principal of West MI Academy of Arts and Academics is Mr. Travis Thomsen, who can be contacted at wzillmer@westmichiganacademy.org. 430 students attend West MI Academy of Arts and Academics and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 33% of the 430 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at West MI Academy of Arts and Academics is 16:1. Spring Lake Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Cross country
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 84%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 4% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 21%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    We were thinking of moving from this area after my daughter spent her 6th grade year at the regular public school in Spring Lake. We didn't like the cliquishness and my daughter had a few issues with bullying. Then we found WMAAA. WMAAA has been an incredible find for us. My daughter has blossomed here but sadly this is her last year. She loves her friends and her teachers. I love that it's small and personal. I love being able to volunteer there and feeling like I'm part of the school. I've heard people on the outside criticize WMAAA saying that it's where people go when they can't get into other schools. This is simply not true. The standards at WMAAA are just as high as the other schools. They still do the MEAP testing and all the other standard tests. The curriculum is up to standard as well. I think the main difference is that people seek it out because of the creativity factor so it is a wonderfully diverse group of people. I am so glad we found it.

  • (3 years ago)

    Fabulous school wonderfully creative environment where the kids can truly be who they were born to be. They look at individual kids and do their best to teach each child in the ways that they learn the best. The teachers work together with each other to use the arts to support the classroom learning. We are new this year kindergarten but can't say enough good things about the staff and school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The entire school is dedicated in helping each other do their personal best. They also have all the fine arts that are intregrated with the acedemic program. The school rocks!!!

  • (9 years ago)

    We as a family feel like the Academy was the best place for our girls. The academics are top notch the teachers were wonderful and the wide variety of music art and dance programs was wonderful for us who could otherwise not afford the classes outside a school setting. Parent invovement for things such as conferences was outstanding. There do seem to be an awful lot of the same parents doing the volunteering. I am not alone in that I was not able to put in the hours I should have volunteering due to a work schedule. We are leaving the state and therefore leaving the WMAAA behind but I assure you we will miss it greatly!

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