The typical applicant to Granite Hill School is one who has struggled with a public school setting. In general, students at Granite Hill School are coded for special education and have been diagnosed with a Learning Disability, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ADD/ADHD as a primary diagnosis. Students may also have a secondary DSM-IV Axis I diagnosis that could include Asperger's Syndrome, Anxiety Disorders, Mild to Moderate Depression

Granite Hill School is structured around giving each student the individual attention he needs to succeed. The result is an environment that extends beyond the definition of "school"—it is better characterized as a true