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Life Outside of Class


Grand River Academy is an all-boys boarding school. With the majority of our students living on campus, we strive to be the “home away from home” for our boys.

Residential Life:

All five of our dormitories have a large common room for lounging or watching TV and a small kitchenette area with a refrigerator and microwave. Dorm parents live in apartments attached to the dorms. Students have access to the dorm parents at all times. Fostering a sense of community is paramount to our residential life efforts. It is common for dorm parents to celebrate the birthdays of “their” boys, have dorm parties, game nights, and sometimes let the boys stay up after lights out to watch their favorite sports team play.

Residential Life Meetings:

Dorm meetings are conducted by the dorm parents on a regular basis. With the goal of fostering a sense of community, these meeting are very important to the success of the residential life program.

Weekend Life:

It is also very important for us to have activities in place each weekend. Students are able to relax in their dorms, enjoy the multifaceted student center or participate in a variety of off campus activities. Each weekend new and exciting activities are planned for students. Often times the boys will look online and find concerts, events and different activities offered in the Cleveland, Youngstown or Erie areas.

What our boys do during their Free Time during the week:

Bud Field Student Center: Get snacks at Andy’s Café, ping pong, shuffle board, play music in the music room, billiards, and much more.

Gym: Weight room, basketball, indoor batting cage, fitness room

Dorm Common Rooms: Watch television, play board games, relax

Library: Study, check email, homework

Other: Tennis, Biking, Frisbee Golf, Bocce
GRA Parent '20

My son has been there for 2.5 years and has grown tremendously. His grades have gone up and he is involved in clubs and sports. The small class size and the availability of the teachers keeps him on track ...

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