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Academics | Grand River Academy | Academic Boarding School | Austinburg OH


Grand River Academy believes that any student can thrive in the right environment. We guide every young man who enters the Academy to reach his full potential academically, emotionally, and socially. Designed specifically for boys, we view our all-boys college preparatory school as an avenue to develop young men into exceptional, contributing citizens.

As a top academic boarding school in Ohio, GRA's active and engaging learning environments focus on creation and collaboration, and motivating students to realize and achieve their true potential. With experienced and dedicated Faculty and staff members who are experts at teaching boys, every young man develops qualities of character, honor, sportsmanship, empathy, and a passion for lifelong learning. More than a boarding school education, Grand River Academy fosters a close-knit and supportive 'Community of One' - a home away from home, a family, and a place where enduring friendships take hold.

Website Welcome from the Dean of Academics

As the Dean of Academics at Grand River Academy, it is my goal to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be challenged, motivated, and supported in the classroom each day. In order to accomplish this, I work closely with students to build the perfect course schedule each semester. While students are required to complete several core classes, there are still tremendous opportunities for students to choose courses based on their unique interests and passions. 

The talented Faculty that I oversee at GRA are full of enthusiasm for both the courses and students they teach everyday. The secret to academic success at Grand River Academy is the individualized attention and accessibility our teachers provide for their students. 100% of our Faculty live on campus, and they are involved in many aspects of student life such as coaching sports teams, monitoring the dorms, taking students on weekend trips, supervising study hall, and more. 

Activating each student's academic potential is one of the core pillars of Grand River Academy’s mission, and we are constantly developing and tailoring our curriculum to serve every student’s needs. I hope to speak with you and your family further about our academic program on your campus visit!


Dean of Academics

David Crowell

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