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Annual Report Available

Grand Traverse Academy's Annual Education Report is available on the Transparency Reporting icon on the right.

Asbestos Annual Notification

The Grand Traverse Academy building is asbestos-free. We have a management plan in place to assure that no new materials containing asbestos are used anywhere in our building.  The Asbestos Management Plan is available for review by any interested person. Please contact Susan Dameron, superintendent, to schedule an appointment.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

All parents and guardians of students under 18 have the right, pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, to examine the official records, files and data of the school district which pertain to their student.  Procedures for examination and hearings to challenge anything in the record may be made available upon request.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Procedure

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests may be addressed to:

Att:  Susan Dameron
FOIA Coordinator
Grand Traverse Academy
1245 Hammond Road East
Traverse City, MI  49686

Electronic requests can be made to:  damerons@mygta.us

Grand Traverse Academy may charge $.25 per page for copied material, plus the rate of pay for the lowest paid GTA employee capable of retrieving and copying the information, and actual mailing costs for each request for existing records.

Adequate space between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, shall be available when prearranged, for use by those persons requesting review of records.

Responses placed in the mail before or by the end of the fifth business day from the date upon which the request was received will be deemed to constitute a timely response to any question made under this Act.  This policy also shall apply to the ten-day extended response period.

Questions about these procedures may be directed to Susan Dameron, FOIA Coordinator, at damerons@mygta.us.


FOIA Request Form

Integrated Pest Management Notice  

Grand Traverse Academy has an approved Pest Management Plan which is available for review by any interested person.  Please contact Susan Dameron, superintendent, to schedule an appointment to review.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Grand Traverse Academy is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, handicapping conditions or national origin, including limited English proficiency.  No person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination on such basis under any educational program of student activity or of any employment.

Any inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination or equal access (Title II, Title VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX) may be directed to the superintendent, Grand Traverse Academy,or Section 504/Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and will be dealt with promptly and in accordance with law.

Positive Culture & Bullying

Grand Traverse Academy has positive relationships built on trust because everyone is important and contributes to learning. Bullying types of behavior negatively impact learning and relationships. We prevent bullying by developing strong positive relationships among students, between students and staff, among staff, and between parents and staff.

Choice Theory helps us understand behavior, learning, and the importance of internal motivation. Through learning Choice Theory, students self-evaluate negative behaviors and we can understand the motivation behind the behavior.  Both of these things can help us resolve any problems that may occur. 

With the help of the federal government's stopbullying.gov , we educate students on what bullying is and the various types of bullying, as well as what to do when bullying types of behaviors are observed.  In addition, we have a program in which older students are the educators, and are available to students if they would like someone to talk to about a concern. Outlined in the  Bullying Policy  below is our response plan if a student chooses bullying behavior.  


Positive Culture & Bullying PDF

Process for Determining Existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

With consideration of federal guidelines and state requirements, specific learning disability eligibility is evaluated using "pattern of strengths and weaknesses".  Pattern of strengths and weaknesses method is based on both assessments and review of achievement scores and performance in a variety of academic areas, with documentation of a pattern of strengths in one or more areas as compared to other areas where the student demonstrates a pattern of significant academic weaknesses.

School Safety Drills

Public Act 12 of 2014 outlines the emergency preparedness drill requirements for each school building in the state of Michigan.

In accordance with Public Act 12 of 2014, schools must:

Conduct five fire safety drills spaced throughout a school year, with three taking place before December 1
Hold two tornado safety drills, including one in March, and
Stage three “lockdown” drills, which prepare for possible school intruders, one of which must be conducted during a lunch-recess period.

Grand Traverse Academy is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and students.  The following information is provided about our emergency preparedness drills, conducted in coordination with local emergency management officials:


2014-15 Safety Drill Report PDF

2015-16 Safety Drill Report PDF

2016-17 Safety Drill Report PDF

Technology Plan

Grand Traverse Academy's Technology Plan is designed to provide a safe, technology-rich environment for children,while providing specific learning activities that will allow each student to meet and exceed the minimum academic standards set by the state and federal governments.  The complete plan is outlined below. 


2014-17 Technology Plan PDF