Schools & Program
Visits - April, 1994 Issue #27
THE GRIER SCHOOL
Andrew Wilson, Director of Admissions
Visit by: Tom Croke, July, 1993
Although not fitting the usual definition of a special purpose school, Grier deserves a brief mention.
I visited Grier on recommendation of Grand River Academy, where I have placed boys, and to do some research for another consultant
concerned about how well they handle their international population.
This school may be a good choice, no a great choice for a young lady on the rebound following placement
in a special purpose school. Its two track academic program creates the ability to respond appropriately to both the academically
outstanding and the average. More impressive is the supportive community on campus. Many boarding schools offer a climate of nurture
and support from professional faculty. Grier has that, but also an extremely nurturing peer support. This is something I do not often
see developed to such an extent, except in the therapeutic schools and those with a more structured personal growth curriculum, like
I had the opportunity to discuss the Grier experience with one young lady who had gone to Grier from
Three Springs. Grier had spared her the painful adjustment with goes with the 24 hour peer support of a therapeutic setting. Maybe
that is because Grier has it too.
Grier's catalog or view book tells the rest of the story. It offers information at a level of detail
most schools do not include in their view books. Not many of us pass through Tyrone, PA routinely, but it is well worth the side trip
from the PA Turnpike or Route I?80. If you pass through Latrobe on the way, stop for lunch with me.
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