A tuition-free K-12 public charter school created for quality

Authorized by Lake Superior State University, Grand Traverse Academy opened in the fall of 2000 with a K-6 program based on Dr. William Glasser's Choice Theory, and added a tuition-based preschool in 2002.  In 2005, Grand Traverse Academy was declared a Glasser Quality School, one of only 15 in the nation at the time.  Continued growth enabled 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.  U.S. News & World Report has ranked Grand Traverse Academy’s high school among the best in the nation in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020.