Grand Valley State University has a long standing tradition and commitment to providing quality education for students. As part of this mission, the GVSU Board of Trustees seeks to impact public K-12 education through its leadership in Michigan's Charter Schools. GVSU's dedication to fostering choice in K-12 education and positive public reform is stronger than ever.

GVSU chartered its first 3 schools in 1995, serving a total of 350 students. In our 21st year as an authorizer, GVSU charters 71 school buildings, serving over 33,000 students.

Recent News

2016 state rankings

April 20, 2016

Two GVSU-authorized charter schools are ranked as Top-20 high schools in Michigan by U.S. News. Grand River Preparatory Academy placed at #4, making it the top charter high school in the state, while Black River Public School was ranked #15 on the list. Michigan Math and Science Academy also received a ranking, coming in at #80. You can see the full rankings here


2015-2016 photo contest winner

April 1, 2016

The GVSU CSO announced the winners of the 2015-2016 Photo Contest. Walker Charter Academy came in first place, followed by Michigan Math & Science Academy and Chandler Woods Charter Academy coming in second and third place, respectively. Honorable mentions also went to Michigan Math & Science Academy as well as University Prep Science & Math High School. The top three finishers will each receive a small cash prize.

[Pictured: 1st-place photo from Walker Charter Academy]


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2014-15 Office Report

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2014-2015 AAA Report

2014-2015 AAA Report

2014-15 By the Numbers

By the numbers

What We Do

Watch this video to see what happens inside the GVSU CSO & how we work to provide high-quality education to Michigan families.