Western Michigan Christian offers grades 7 through 12. WMC is the destination High School for about ten Christian schools in the Lakeshore region. Click here to learn more about WMC’s 7-12 model.
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EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (ESS)
What is ESS?
ESS stands for Educational Support Services.
WMC currently has one Special Education teacher and one Accommodations Coordinator supporting students requiring ESS services in collaboration with the Director of ESS. The ESS team partners with classroom teachers and parents in order to ensure students are reaching their full learning potential. Services include tiered support for students with disabilities. ESS teachers share a vision of inclusion for all students to learn with their peers.
The ESS teacher works alongside classroom teachers to create and implement interventions to support students’ learning gaps as well as facilitate small group and individual instruction to address specific needs.
ESS Job Placement
WMC’s Educational Support Services (ESS) team has Community-Based Instruction (CBI) partnerships for our high school students. Select local businesses provide opportunities for CBI for Western Michigan Christian High School (WMC) students with diverse learning needs. Juniors and Seniors on the Certificate of Completion track at WMC, have the opportunity to learn more about their God-given strengths and gifts in the workplace, which serves to prepare students for potential employment post-high school.
After conducting student “interest inventories,” the WMC ESS team determines each child’s areas of interests, gifts, and passions. The ESS team then seeks out workplaces that could utilize those specific gifts and abilities.
To be eligible to receive Educational Support Service at WMC, a student must have a formal medical or educational diagnosis.
What ESS Offers:
Educational Support Plans for students with a diagnosed disability and more significant needs
Accommodation Plans for students with a diagnosed disability
Small group support within Guided Study Halls
Small group instruction for students on the Certificate of Completion track
Referrals for educational evaluations through Mona Shores Public Schools
Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work services provided through Mona Shores Public Schools for eligible students
To learn more about the Western Michigan Christian School’s ESS Program, email us or peruse the WMC and WMCS blog posts below:
ESS Blog Feature Stories:
- Teacher Tuesday feature on WMC’s ESS instructor Daniel Garland.
- WMC’s Thriving ESS Program & Student Success Teams.
- WMC Partners with CLC Network.
- Community-Based Instruction for High School Students.
For more information about what educational support may look like for your child, please contact Whitney Jackson, the Director of Educational Support Services for all five PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools.
COURSE SELECTION GUIDE
WMC’s Course Selection Guide (CSG) gives you our graduation requirements, transfer credit policies, courses of study descriptions, a description of all academic departments and course offerings, and NCAA eligibility requirements. Please contact the WMC Office for the CSG.
WMC’s Guidance office exists to offer college-prep and all post-secondary education direction on an individual basis. It is our goal to provide assistance to students and families as they look to what’s next after high school. We help students in choosing classes at each grade level as well as guiding rising seniors in all they need as they prepare for college and beyond. WMC Guidance Office also helps students identify and apply for scholarships, which are outlined here.
Please contact the guidance department for more information.
The WMC Student and Parent Handbook is for both MS and HS students and parents and gives you information regarding our mission, class sponsors, schedules, teacher and support staff rosters. It also includes policies and procedures for student life, attendance, student standards and expectations, and our school day. Please contact the WMC Office for a copy of the Student Handbook.
The Western Michigan Christian International Student Program is an exciting opportunity for international students to experience life in the United States and prepare for the university experience in the United States.
WMC is an exclusive and academically rigorous school with a diverse student body. We are seeking hard-working students to join our school community. We want students who will participate in daily life with their American friends and host family.
Each year we have added features to our International Program, to offer our students the best experience of study, work, and life. We aim to be supportive and a part of your school life while you live in the U.S. Our recent colleges of acceptance for our international students include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Washington, Penn State University, Purdue University, and many more.
International Student Program Details
Dedicated English classes for new international students
International student’s study hall after school three days a week
ACT Prep after-school course
One-on-one tutors available for hire if needed
Rigorous, academically focused courses
Regional Field trips (for example Weekend in Chicago, One week in Washington D.C., Disney, etc.)
100% of graduating international students go on to higher education
Stay with an American family in their home and learn about another culture
Incoming international freshmen immediately eligible for sports
Transfer and upper students sports-eligible in January
Junior ToEFL testing site
International student’s dinner once per month
Regular board game and card game nights with American students
To apply to our program: (Click here to access forms in Google Drive.)
Tuition includes money for school, housing, medical insurance, visa processing, regional trips, SAT Prep, and everything else except additional expenses incurred (for instance, some students pay extra for hot lunches and private tutoring and so on.)
School transcripts are due along with the application. If the students have taken some form of English proficiency test (SLEP, Junior ToEFL, IELTS or equivalent) it will help us place them.
If accepted, we will ask for a $2,000 down payment before we begin visa processing. This is the first $2,000 of tuition, not an extra fee. But visa processing is a lot of work, and we have had students drop out after their visa was obtained.
An additional 50% of the full cost is due by July 31.
Full payment of all tuition and fees is due by October 31.
The deposit is non-refundable. The tuition fees are refundable through the first day of school. After the first day of school, a refund is available if the student has paid for more than half of the year’s tuition. This partial reimbursement is available until January 1. After January 1 no refund is available.
To learn more about WMC’s International Student program please contact us.