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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


The 360-degree approach to education is an integral part of Grand River Academy's success. Developing our boys academically, socially and emotionally, this approach encourages each young man to activate his true potential. We believe that responsible and educated students are developed through a structured yet flexible atmosphere. 


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.

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Public vs private schools is a relevant and important discussion in education today. 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’s all-boys private boarding school and public and other private schools.


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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.

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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, resume and list of references to 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.