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.
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.
2018 College Prep Week
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.
ArtPrize Education Days
Each September/October 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.
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.
2017 Detroit TESA winners