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Teaching Boys


Grand River takes every opportunity to engage boys and inspire them to be an active part of their education. This means that we have:

  • Lessons and labs which let students interact with each other, the classroom, and the environment
  • Projects that allow each student to explore his own interests within broad academic topics, all with the careful guidance of a faculty member at their side
  • Classrooms where civil discussion and movement is encouraged and guided
  • Faculty and staff with varied backgrounds and interests, who all share a passion for helping young men succeed in all areas of their lives
  • Communication between Faculty, staff, and parents to ensure that every student is getting the necessary support he needs to thrive.

From class discussions to regular study sessions, we make sure that every student is learning the material he needs to and that he is thriving in the environment we provide. By creating an interactive, open environment, we give students the opportunity to take more control over their education and become excited about learning like they’ve never been before. Many parents come to us looking for a solution. They see their son has endless potential, but just doesn't seem to want to go to school. As an independent, all-boys boarding school, Grand River Academy makes a point of helping students connect with the course material and value the education they are working toward. Take a look inside GRA and learn more about our approach to boys' education in our viewbook.

Meet the Faculty

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Brian Ballentine

Brian Ballentine

Titles: English Teacher, Baseball Coach