"Sustainability starts here!"



Consider Center for Economicology for your child if:

-You value sustainability, place-based education and service learning

-You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations

-You are looking for a program for a gifted and talented child

-You value a foreign language requirement

-You want your child to learn in a collaborative, community environment

-You want experiential learning for your child such as field studies, project-based learning, and extensive field trips


Center for Economicology is proud to offer Community Engagement partners including: 

- Friends of GR Parks, i.e. Riverside Park.

- Wege Foundation


- Groundswell/Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

- Camp Miniwanca

- Salmon in Schools, MI DNR

- West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Adopt-a-Stream

Parent Teacher Community Council


The term, Economicology, is a combination of the words economy and ecology. Coined by Peter Wege, it can be described as reasoned, respectful, engaged stewardship of the Earth household in service of both people and the planet. There are six guiding principles that drive the philosophy behind our program. THE "SIX E's ARE ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS, EMPATHY, ENVIRONMENT, ETHICS AND EDUCATION.


Excel at The Center for Economicology
Academic Excellence:
CFE is in the top 5% of all Michigan schools on combined measures of student achievement and growth over time. It is also recognized in the top 25 “Coolest Schools in America” by Parent and Child Magazine.

High-Level Activities:
Students at CFE participate in engaging hands-on activities including a daily sustainability brainstorm, a daily outdoor connection experience, discussion-based lesson design, soil/water sampling and analysis, and lab experiments.

Economicological Philosophy:
Students contribute toward a model of reasoned, respectful, engaged stewardship of the Earth through the six guiding principles of ecology, economics, empathy, environment, ethics, and education.

Project-Based Learning:
Students at CFE enhance their learning through projects that include field studies in environmental science, sustainability planning, environmental literature seminars, the Wind Power in Schools Program, and the Green City Design project.

Experiential Education:
CFE students go on two formative camping trips that serve as a crucial part of the innovative, hands-on CFE curriculum.

Rules, Safety, Discipline:
All GRPS schools provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Educators emphasize prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. The result is a fair, firm and consistent approach to rules, safety, and discipline.


Ryan Huppert
Principal Center for Economicology
1720 Plainfield NE 49505-5305
p.616-819-2380 f. 616-819-2496
Attendance (616) 819-2381
Breakfast 7:45 A.M.
Start Time 8:00 A.M.
Dismissal 2:41 P.M.