Start a School

Starting a charter school requires commitment, dedication, and a strong desire to make a difference in a community. Attractive charter school applicants can demonstrate that they have a strong probability of creating a high quality public charter school.

Applications are reviewed February 1, April 1, July 1, and November 1 of each year.

Submission Instructions for Applicants

All Phase I Applications and Site Addition Applications are collected through Epicenter, a web-based system used by GVSU for document collection. To obtain access to Epicenter, please do the following:

  1. Provide a Letter of Intent to Submit a Phase I Application to the Director of Governance and Compliance, Alyson Murphy, at The letter must not exceed one page, and must include the proposed school name and opening date.
  2. After submitting your letter, applicants will receive an email from Epicenter Administration with log-in instructions.


If you are starting a charter school, you'll want to know the details about the education landscape surrounding your proposed site location. Visit to explore the Michigan education system through interactive maps and reports. School performance data is integrated with community-level data by shading maps and filtering school performance.

Contact Us

Need more information? Please email Alyson Murphy, director of governance and compliance, or call (616) 331-2240.

Page last modified December 8, 2017