Student Programs

The GVSU Charter Schools Office is proud to offer a handful of programs to the students enrolled in our schools. Each year we engage with more than 5,000 students from across the state. We are dedicated to providing high-quality experiences outside of the classroom for those who attend our programs. 

For any questions about the following programs, please contact Erin Abel at (616) 331-9094 or

GVSU College Prep Week

The GVSU College Prep Week (formerly known as the Summer Enrichment Camp) is arguably the GVSU CSO's the most popular student program. Each July the GVSU CSO brings high school juniors and seniors from GVSU charter schools to Grand Valley to get a taste of college. Students live on campus in dorms for a week and attend mock classes. They also interact with GVSU students and faculty, and explore everything GVSU and West Michigan has to offer. 

GVSU College Prep Week information and overview

Group photo of students attending the Summer Enrichment Camp

2017 Summer Enrichment Camp

Campus Visits

Each year the GVSU CSO is pleased to welcome approximately 1,000 8th-grade students and 1,0000 11th-grade students to GVSU's main campus. Unlike brief, general campus tours, GVSU CSO tours take a deep exploration into what is happening at the university. We strongly believe that students that step foot on campus can better envision themselves attending college.

Click the appropriate link below to register your group for a GVSU Campus Visit during the 2017/18 school year.

8th Grade Campus Visit Registration (Spring 2018) - FULL (Click here to be placed on a waiting list)


Bus Reimbursement Form

PRE Visit Survey 

POST Visit Survey

Student group on a campus tour

ArtPrize Education Days

Each September the GVSU CSO welcomes more than 3,000 charter school students to Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, one of the world's largest art competitions. During their visit, students explore the city to see countless pieces of art. They also receive special programming that promotes art education.

ArtPrize Education Days Overview and Information


Group of students at ArtPrize

Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy (TESA)

The Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy (TESA) was created by the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. In 2016, the GVSU CSO partnered with the Center to offer the program to students from the Grand Rapids and Detroit communities who attend a GVSU charter school.

TESA is open to high school students interested in business, entrepreneurship, and community service. Participants spend one week interacting with business leaders and working in small groups to create their own product or service. Groups are encouraged to design something that will address a topical community problem (health care, nutrition, energy, etc.). The groups then pitch their ideas to local business leaders and GVSU representatives for a chance to win scholarship funding.

Winning group of students from Detroit Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy

2017 Detroit TESA winners

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