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Academics

Maintaining Academic Excellence

For 60 years, George Junior Republic has proudly maintained an educational partnership with the Grove City Area School District. There are over 120 Grove City Area School District employees working with youth at the Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. Academic Center.

Academic Programs for the Needs of Every Student

George Junior Republic assesses each student upon arrival to campus. Based on his individual needs and past school records, he is placed into an academic track such as General Academics, Career and Technical (vocational), or College Prep. Students receive 140 hours of instruction per month in classes that are led by a certified teacher and a teacher’s aide. To maximize the effectiveness of the academic setting, classes hold only 10 to 18 students.

Upon arrival, each students academic needs are assessed.  For youth with limited abilities in reading and math, remedial programs are available either prior to or after school hours, and extra tutoring is available from a number of different sources. These extensive services allow George Junior Republic students to gain up to two years of reading and math in only six months.

The Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. Academic Center is an approved Pearsson Vue GED testing facility.  Youth enrolled in GED preparation are required to attend a full day of academic programming.

Providing Individual Guidance for Education and Careers

The students at George Junior Republic receive academic and vocational direction through the Guidance Department. When scheduling a student for classes, the Guidance Department reviews test scores and existing school records and builds a relevant schedule of classes for the student’s needs. Any concerns on the part of the student, parent/guardian, or placement agency can be addressed by contacting the Guidance Department.

The Guidance Department also offers a group Career Development class. While at George Junior Republic, students can explore various careers, make use of vocational training, and utilize the extensive amount of financial aid available for post secondary education and training. The Guidance Department assists with college and trade school applications and offers follow up concerning financial aid information.

Academic Records Request

Former youth may request their academic records by emailing [email protected].  All requests must be made in writing and come from the youth that is requesting their records.

Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. Academic Center

Judge Cohill is the senior judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Named in his honor, the Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. Academic Center was created to bear out Judge Cohill's belief that academic success will bring hope for youth and help them move beyond the challenges they once experienced.

Judge Cohill's accomplishments are outlined below:

  • Appointment by President Gerald Ford to the United States District Court for the Western District of the Pennsylvania
  • Served as Judge in the Family Division of the Court of Common Please Allegheny County
  • For 36 years, he was chairman of the Board of Fellows of the National Center for Juvenile Justice
  • Former vice president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Past president of the Pennsylvania Council of Juvenile Court Judges
  • Previously served on the board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Allegheny County
  • Board member, George Junior Republic