Afterschool Academy Program

1-Year Afterschool Academy Program Details

Van Andel Education Institute seeks and admits students to the Afterschool Academy (ASA) Program who are curious, creative and enjoy working with others. The ASA Program inspires groups of students to think and act like scientists over the course of one year. Through hands on investigations, they ask questions, investigate and discover the answers using scientific tools and resources. 

Students entering 5th or 6th grade are eligible to register for the program. Participating students must make a commitment to attend the Afterschool Academy Program for the duration of the Spring 2018 term. Participation in the program is secured on a first come, first served basis.There is no cost for participation in this program. Tuition is underwritten by Van Andel Institute.

Program Overview

Ecosystem Explorations
Students learn to think and act like scientists by pursuing answers to the question, “How does our health depend on biodiversity?” Through active engagement in scientific practices, students investigate ecosystem diversity over the course of one year. Students will design and monitor ecosystem models to explore species interactions, changes in the environment and the services our ecosystems provide.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in VAEI’s 2018 Afterschool Academy Program. The application for this program will be accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

2018 Spring Afterschool Academy Details
Monday, January 15 – Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Monday and Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Afterschool Academy Application Process
October → Registration applications must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

November → Eligible participants will be contacted and asked to commit to attend the Afterschool Academy Program for the duration of the Spring 2018 term for one year.

December → Accepted participants attend 2018 Spring Afterschool Academy Orientation.



If you have any questions about the application process or to request a hard copy of the application, please call 616.234.5528 or email