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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

Help Us Win the Box Tops Challenge!

Grand Traverse Academy is one of 12 area schools which entered the TBA Credit Union Box Tops Challenge.  Credit Union customers are dropping off their Box Tops for Education coupons, which will be awarded to the school that receives the most “likes” on the TBACU Facebook page.  The contest ends on Friday, September 30; we are currently in first place, but the standings are changing by the hour!  If you haven’t already done so, visit the TBACU Facebook page and “like” Grand Traverse Academy.  Feel free to encourage your Facebook friends to do the same – with your help, we can win the challenge and all the Box Tops that TBACU collects!

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Book Fair at Open House










Scholastic Book Fairs are back this year!  The first one will take place at the Open House on Thursday, September 1 in the Small Gym and continue during the first day of school.  If you are unable to attend in person, you can also purchase online.  Orders will be shipped free to your child at school after September 8.         

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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 invited to attend any time between 4:00-7:00 pm and Secondary students 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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