Kindergarten - 4th Grade
The curriculum at WMAAA in grades K thru 4 is based on the concept of arts' integration. At the Academy we seek intentional ways to integrate arts into core academic subjects. The purpose of integration is to develop a deeper understanding of a concept and reinforce it through dance, drama, art, music, or instrumental music.
5th - 8th Grade
The arts' program in grades 5 thru 8 takes on a more traditional elective-based program. Students choose a focus area (e.g. dance, drama) and approximately one third of their elective classes address that discipline. Students hone their skills in this art form while completing a full class schedule of math, science, language arts, history, and additional electives.
WMAAA utilizes a combination of Response to Intervention and Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses in determining the presence of specific learning disabilities. Guidance provided by the Ottawa Area ISD can be found here: SLD Guidance
Child Find Process
Any individual from birth through age 25 who is suspected of having a disability and is not receiving public education is encouraged to phone the special education coordinator at WMAAA-(616) 844-9961. Parents and others may phone on behalf of children. The individual must be enrolled at WMAAA, a public school academy.