Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary School Course Catalog 1 Grand Traverse Academy 1245 Hammond Road East Traverse City, MI 49686 (231) 932-6038 phone (231) 995-0880 fax Superintendent Jim Coneset Board of Education Lesley Werth President Dr. Lea Piché Vice President Mike Drilling Secretary Samer Bourdkani Treasurer Matthew Mulholland Trustee Mission At Grand Traverse Academy, our mission is for all students to be safe, loved and learning as they achieve excellence in character and academics. Excellence is defined as:  prepared for responsible citizenship  prepared for success in higher education Belief Statements The staff of Grand Traverse Academy believes…  in teaching exemplary character and excellence in academics  that all students are capable of learning; our high expectations and individualizing help their learning  in making decisions by first considering what is best for all students  that success in learning builds self-esteem and pride, challenge and mistakes are part of learning and help build character  in providing outstanding customer service to GTA community members  that Choice Theory helps us understand behavior, learning, and the importance of internal motivation  that staff and students are responsible for continuous improvement  that our school must have positive relationships built on trust, because everyone is important and contributes to learning  that GTA parents want good things for their children now and want them to have a bright future  that our core values will be passed on and maintained by the continued sharing of our history and mission Charter Oversight Lake Superior State University granted the Charter for Grand Traverse Academy. Our Education Service Provider applied for the charter from this University because of a common belief in high quality education, parent choice and cooperative working relationships. LSSU has appointed a liaison for Grand Traverse Academy who attends all GTA Board of Education meetings, is available at any time for consultation and will regularly visit the school. Lake Superior State University will also place student teachers at GTA and together we will offer teacher training opportunities.