About Grande Ronde Academy
Founded in 2001, Grande Ronde Academy is a private Christian school which offers Biblically-based curriculum. We strive for academic excellence and to build character in our students. The school averages around 50 students annually in kindergarten-8th grade. We believe in small class sizes to increase the individual interaction and instruction time between teachers and students.
Small Class Sizes
Students thrive with the remarkable amount of personal interaction that comes with a student/teacher ratio that averages 10:1 but does not exceed 17:1.
Grande Ronde Academy has students and graduates representing the following communities: Cove, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, Starkey, Summerville and Union.
Weekly interdenominational chapel services are held in the sanctuary with messages from pastors from local churches. Students participate with worship and leading chapel.
As interest and numbers allow, the following teams are available:
- Fall Volleyball Co-ed 4th-8th Grade
- Winter Basketball Girls and Boys 4th-8th Grade
- Spring Track & Field Girls and Boys 6th-8th Grade
- Annual Swim Lessons for grades 3-8, organized by the GRA through the Veteran's Memorial Pool.
- Year Round Swimming is available through the La Grande Swim Club which meets across the street at the Veteran’s Memorial Pool
Achievement testing is administered to all students each spring. This standardized test covers several academic areas. The school uses these scores to help teachers, parents, and administrators evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum, improve the quality of instruction and learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote the academic growth of our students.
Grande Ronde Academy is registered as a private school with the Oregon Department of Education.
Grande Ronde Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Oregon Small School Association. ACSI strives to equip Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively educate children and young people with the mind of Christ.
Grande Ronde Academy opened in September 2001 as a board-operated, independent, interdenominational school in the Grande Ronde Valley. The school was formed by a group of parent representatives following the dissolution of La Grande Christian School in May of the same year. The new school began with three teachers and twenty students in the basement of Zion Lutheran Church. After two additional moves, Grande Ronde Academy relocated to the current location in 2009. The school now has an average of more than 50 students. This growth allows us to continue our mission to provide Christ-centered education that encourages students to achieve their fullest potential academically, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. The school was blessed in 2019 with the purchase of the building that we've been in since 2009 and we are excited to see what the Lord has planned for GRA as we move forward, stepping out in faith.
Grande Ronde Academy is an interdenominational school with students and families who are affiliated with more than 10 area churches.
Christian School Membership
Grande Ronde Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International and Oregon Small Schools Association.
Student tuition and fees cover teacher salaries, which make up approximately 70% of the budget; the remainder of the operating expenses account for 30% of the budget and are covered through donations and fundraising.
We are blessed to have Pastoral Support for Chapel from the following congregations:
- Calvary Chapel of La Grande
- Camp Elkanah
- Church of Christ
- Faith Center
- Faith Lutheran Church
- First Baptist Church
- First Christian Church
- First Presbyterian Church
- Grace Bible Church
- Imbler Christian Church
- Nazarene Church
- New Hope
- New Life Center
- New Song Community Church
- Summerville Baptist Church
- The Way
- Trinity Baptist Church
- Union Baptist Church
- United Methodist Church
- The Foundry
- Youth For Christ