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Today, the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Board of Trustees approved the new K-6 elementary school on Old Mission Peninsula to become part of their charter portfolio.

“Grand Valley State University is proud to authorize Old Mission Peninsula Community School,” says Dr. Rob Kimball, Associate Vice President for Charter Schools at GVSU. “We know the whole community has a deep commitment to making sure a quality public school exists on the peninsula. The founding group’s dedication and credentials were impressive, and we have high confidence in their ability to achieve great things for kids in the coming years.”

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Allison O’Keefe, president of the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation (OMPEF), says they’re excited to join the GVSU family of charter schools. “We are confident that our new school will contribute to GVSU’s vision to authorize the highest performing charter schools in the state.”

Continuing the long-standing tradition of education on the Peninsula, the tuition-free school will officially open in September 2018. The current Old Mission Peninsula Elementary School building, which was recently purchased by the OMPEF, will serve as the home to students throughout the region.

Partnering with parents and community members while utilizing the bountiful natural surroundings of the campus, O’Keefe notes that the school will provide high quality learning experiences on Old Mission Peninsula for generations to come. Enrollees and their families will experience a community atmosphere with small class sizes, using the EL curriculum where students think critically, produce high quality work, and take active roles in their classrooms and communities.

To learn more about the new school, everyone is welcome to attend the next community event, the Beg (fundraiser), Borrow (Stand Up Paddleboards from Brick Wheels) and Steel (Sun Radius Music and their 7-piece steel band) fundraiser scheduled for August 12, 2017, 5-8 p.m. at Old Mission Lighthouse Park near Mission Point Lighthouse.

Grab a picnic basket and bring your friends and family for a fun evening in the sun.

Visit for the latest information and opportunities to get involved.

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