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About Grand River Academy

Grand River Academy is a college preparatory boarding and day school that helps young men activate their academic, emotional and social potential and prepares them for lifelong success. Nationally recognized as one of the few remaining boarding schools of its kind in the United States, GRA offers a non-military, nonsectarian, all-male college preparatory education. The academy celebrated 175 years of education in 2006! Head of School Blog

Grand River Academy is committed to protecting the privacy of confidential information submitted through our web sites by employees, students, and visitors. The purpose of this privacy statement is to inform you regarding which personal or personally identifiable information we may collect from you when you visit our websites, as well as how we use such information. 

Information About You

We collect information about you from our web sites through:
  • Web Logs and Cookies:  Our web servers generate temporary logs and cookies that contain a variety of information about each user and his/her use of our web sites.  The data that we collect helps us respond to user requests in an appropriate and/or personalized manner.
  • Online Surveys:  At times there may be online surveys being conducted on GRA web sites. Person(s) responsible for conducting online surveys that collect personally identifiable information should clearly state at the survey site the extent to which any information provided will be shared. Data from surveys may be shared with external third parties in ways that do not compromise privacy.
  • E-Commerce:  GRA web sites may enable one to pay for products or services online with a credit card. GRA’s policy regarding Accepting Credit Card Payments ensures that these transactions are secure. Confidential information one enters in any such transaction is used only for the purposes described in that transaction, unless an additional use is specifically stated on that site.

Use of Information About You

In general, we use the information we collect only for its stated and implied purposes. We protect student, medical, and other protected records as required by applicable law (such as HIPAA - and FERPA legislation). GRA will not share information about you with other parties without your permission.

Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Contact Information

Questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site please call (440) 275-2811.​​


Catch up on all the things happening at Grand River!


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When education is mishandled in America, it seems to be the boys who suffer most. Boys are more likely to be enrolled in special education classes, held back a grade, referred to school psychologists, and drop out of school. Overall, they are less committed to school and are less likely to go to college. Boys are punished more often and more severely. Schools have fundamental control over these results, but not all schools are willing to be accountable for them. This is the key difference between Grand River Academy and other schools, both public and private.


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Grand River Academy is one of the oldest private schools in Ohio. Its history dates back to 1831, when benefactor Dr. Orestes K. Hawley endowed a school with a building and several acres of land on the banks of the Grand River.


Boys Education

Here is a list of some frequently asked questions Grand River Academy hears from prospective families and students.  If you have any questions though, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (440) 275-2811. 


For all employment opportunities please send a cover letter and resume to Headmaster Tim Viands at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The following positions are currently accepting applications.



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The Academy’s curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on helping those students who can benefit from the extra attention offered in a boarding program.



Grand River Academy

3042 College Street
Austinburg, Ohio



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Grand River Academy is thankful for the dedication and loyalty of its Board of Trustees. Our Board strives to make a difference in each students education; made up of community leaders, alumni and alumni parents the Grand River Academy Board of Trustees is the foundation of the Academy.