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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

Picture of Kristin Downs with members of the GVSU Charter Schools Office and Chandler Woods Charter Academy principal Joe Hammond

May 17, 2016

Kristin Downs of Chandler Woods Charter Academy is named winner of the 2nd annual GVSU CSO Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Tim Wood, associate vice president of charter schools, presented the award to Kristin. The announcement was made during a surprise ceremony.

[Pictured: GVSU CSO school consultant Randy Remenap, Dr. Tim Wood, Kristin Downs, and Chandler Woods principal Joe Hammond]


Ron Brown with GVSU CSO representatives

May 3, 2016

The Michigan Association of Public Charter Schools (MAPSA) announced Ronald Brown as the 2016 Charter Teacher of the Year. Brown is a math teacher at Taylor Preparatory High School who started when the school opened in 2013. Data shows that students in his classes academically grow 3-5 more times than the average high school student. Watch Ronald Brown's acceptance speech.

[Pictured: Ronald Brown with GVSU CSO School Consultants Dan Warren (left) and Randy Remenap (right)]

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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.