"I'm sure my CAS activity helped me get accepted to the college I'm enrolled in now, and, more importantly, it put me a step ahead of my peers in helping me learn to apply skills acquired in school to real-world problems."
"The community is so welcoming at GRS—I felt like I could be completely who I was with the people there."
"Academic classes pulled no punches at GRS, especially history, and I think that’s really great because I was held to high standards which I attempted to meet and now I’m being held to high standards in college and I’m having no struggle in meeting them."
"CAS in particular helped me realize that there is value in all of my interests and that as long as I like something, whether it’s community service or cupcake decorating, I can find a way to make it worthwhile."
"I think IB classes were immensely helpful in preparing me for college classes. The open-ended discussion questions, high-level analysis, and critical thinking required for the IB program got me ready for the kinds of tasks I’m doing now."
“I feel that going to GRS was the best part of my life. It taught me so many things about how to connect with others and a whole new sense of community.”
"GRS is very good at promoting independence…Being self-motivated and taking initiative are very important in college life—if you don’t do it, it’s not going to get done."
"Camping trips have been one of the best experiences when it comes to learning to live in community and coexisting with others."
"Without IB I think I would be a totally different college student.”
"I think everything that I did at GRS prepared me to be a good human being and know how to look at the world after high school."
"Planning the bike trip made me enjoy leadership, something I once thought wasn’t 'for me,' because while it can be very stressful, leadership is also rewarding."
"GRS really helped me explore what I was interested in (and really not interested in) so by the time I got to college I didn’t have to shop around at different classes to know my major and was able to just throw myself into it."
"The teachers at Great River have been some of the most helpful people in my life. From pointing me in the right directions, to helping me accomplish my goals, they have been there for me in more ways than I ever thought a teacher would."