The ultimate responsibility of being an effective head of school is basing all decisions, whether large or small, on the school’s mission. We are fortunate at
We are aware that we serve a greater public purpose, particularly in light of several alarming statistics both nationally and locally:
Nationally, schools are failing our boys.
By age 12, boys are 60% more likely than girls to have repeated at least one grade.
At least twice as many boys are diagnosed with ADHD. Boys have an 82% greater risk of developing learning disabilities compared to girls. Reading disability (e.g., dyslexia) comprises 80-90% of these learning disabilities.
Boys receive the majority of D’s and F’s and a minority of A’s, when compared to girls.
Locally, the situation is worse.
Ashtabula Area City Schools met 3 of 24 state standards last year.
In Conneaut, only 79.6% of their 8th graders were at or above proficient in math.
Madison Area Schools only met 70.8% of their state standards.
In Jefferson, only 79.8% of their students scored at or above proficient in their math Ohio Graduation Tests.
Until now, access to GRA’s program has been limited to ninth grade through post-graduate, with a focus on boarding students. At the October 2014 GRA Board of Trustees meeting, two new initiatives were passed that increase the availability of our program to a greater number of students who need an environment in which to thrive.
Initiative #1: The GRA Board of Trustees approved adding an eighth grade beginning in the fall of 2015. The aim of this program is to prepare these young men with the requisite academic, emotional and social skills necessary for
Initiative #2: The GRA Board of Trustees supports being more accessible to day students in
With these two initiatives, we are reminded that it is truly an exciting time here at “The River.” We exist to make a difference in the lives of each and every young man who enters our halls.