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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Daniel Varner

November 9, 2015

At the eastside Board Reception, the CSO welcomed over 80 board members from GVSU-authorized charter schools in the Detroit area as well as keynote speaker Daniel Varner, CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit. The CSO was also pleased to have the University Preparatory Academy (UPA) High School string ensemble perform during dinner. The event was held at the GVSU Detroit Center.

[Pictured: Daniel Varner speaking to board receptions attendees]

Award presentation

November 2, 2015

The CSO hosts the 2015 Board Reception for board members serving schools in West Michigan. Dr. Tim Wood presented commemorative plaques to Dale Mowry (Excel Charter Academy) and Darlene Kolehouse (Vanguard Charter Academy) for their 20 years of service for their schools. 

[Pictured: Dr. Wood, Dale Mowry, Darlene Kolehouse, CSO School Consultant Bob Fortin]


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2014-15 Office Report

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2014-15 By the Numbers

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