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 34,000 students.

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Student at Artprize

September 21- 30, 2015

The GVSU CSO welcomes nearly 3,000 students to Grand Rapids to participate in ArtPrize Education Days. The students, who represented 27 different charter schools across Michigan, had the opportunity to build "wearable art," learn key art concepts and vocabulary, and explore downtown Grand Rapids to see other art pieces and artists. 

Light of the World Academy ribbon cutting

September 8-15, 2015

GVSU-authorized schools start the 2015-2016 school year. The GVSU CSO portfolio includes four news schools this year: Augusta Academy, Kalamazoo Covenant Academy, Eagle's Nest Academy, and Light of the World Academy (seen left)


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