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Welcome to Grand Traverse Academy

Grand Traverse Academy is a tuition-free public Pre K-12 charter school authorized by Lake Superior State University.  We opened in the fall of 2000 with a program based on Dr. William Glasser's Choice Theory.  In 2005, Grand Traverse Academy was declared a Glasser Quality School, one of only 15 in the nation at the time.  Continued growth has resulted in the construction of a Secondary wing for junior high and high school in the fall of 2005 and an Early Childhood wing in the fall of 2007.  We are pleased to announce that construction of the first phase of an expanded Secondary space is planned for 2016!    



Grand Traverse Academy

Our mission:

For all students to be safe, loved and learning as they achieve excellence in character and academics

News & Events

Back to School

Summer break is winding down and it's almost time to start the new school year!  We're looking forward to seeing all of our families at the Back-to-School Open House on Thursday, September 1.  

Elementary families are asked to attend as follows:  

4:00-5:00 pm - Last Names Starting with A-H
5:00-6:00 pm - Last Names Starting with I-P
6:00-7:00 pm - Last Names Starting with Q-Z 

Secondary students and their families are free to stop in anytime between 1:00-7:00 pm.  Note that Secondary students' school pictures will be taken during the open house so that ID cards will be available as soon as possible.

See you then!    

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GTA Excels at Music Festival

Eleven “Superior” (1st place) ratings and two “Excellent” (2nd place) ratings were awarded to our students at the Northern Michigan Region Charter School Solo & Ensemble Contest on April 30.  Independent judges evaluated students on musical skills such as intonation, tonal quality, stage presentation, technique, rhythmic accuracy, interpretation, and musicianship as they performed a piece of music solo or in a group.  Superior ratings were awarded to Jessica Hardy (B♭ clarinet & contra- 

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Space Balloon Launched

Weather conditions were just right the morning of May 5 for Mr. Smith's Upper Elementary class to launch their near space balloon.  Near space is the region of Earth's atmosphere that lies between 65,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level.  The successful launch capped off a project that tied into multiple subject areas and was part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, in which people around the

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