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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

'Tis the Season

Ring in the holidays with Grand Traverse Academy’s choirs and Secondary bands at their upcoming musical performances! 

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Support GTA at...

Downtown Traverse City is making it easy for you to support GTA at the eleventh annual Shop Your Community Day.  

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ECOclub needs your input






Grand Traverse Academy’s ECOclub would like the opinions of the GTA family to gauge interest in walking or bicycling as an alternative to driving to and from school.  

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