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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

Rob Kimball commentary

September 15, 2016

Rob Kimball, deputy director for the GVSU CSO, is featured in Bridge Magazine for his guest commentary on the important role higher education institutions play in the overall success in K-12 education. He outlines what university charter school authorizers like GVSU do in order to further serve the students in their communities.


Share Fair Nation logo

August 26, 2016

GVSU officially announces its partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools and Kent County ISD to host Share Fair Nation in Grand Rapids. Share Fair Nation is a national recognized education conference that connects teachers with top professional development from around the country. The conference focuses on STEM learning as well as literacy, classroom environment, and leadership. 

More information is available at Share Fair Nation's website

To volunteer for Share Fair, please click here.


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Our Publications

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.