The School: Groves Academy is Minnesota's only established independent school specifically serving children in grades 1-12 who have learning disabilities or attention disorders. Founded in 1972 and located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Groves Academy educates students who have high potential with some learning challenges.
Academics: Groves Academy provides an academic curriculum using explicit and direct instruction in word study (Wilson Reading System®), spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, math, science, social studies, study skills, art, music, theater, physical education, home science, and health. The academic year is divided into two semesters.
Accreditations: Groves Academy has twice received the Excellence in Education award by the U.S. Department of Education, and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Groves Academy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA). Groves Academy is an accredited Wilson Language Training® partner.
Class Size: Average of eight students per class.
Faculty: The faculty includes 45 teachers, 3 psychologists, a speech-language pathologist, 2 counselors, and an occupational therapist. Faculty members are provided with continuous opportunities for professional development.
Non-Profit: Groves Academy is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution that relies on support from our families and our community in order to continue our transformative work.
The Learning Center at Groves Academy®: The Learning Center offers an array of specialized services for children and adults diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Services offered include tutoring, diagnostic assessments, career counseling, speech and language services, and assistive technology.
Workshops: Groves Academy is presenting 15 learning disability and attention disorder related workshops for the 2015-2016 school year. These workshops are held at Groves Academy and are open to anyone. We are proud to offer workshops with presenters who are recognized as some of the nation's foremost authorities in learning disabilities and attention disorders.
Head of School: John Alexander, M.A., Education, Harvard University
Campus: Located just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Groves Academy's five-acre campus occupies a convenient location near the intersection of Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park. The state-of-the-art building includes a variety of new facilities which are the result of a recently completed, $7 million renovation and expansion. Facilities include a new kitchen and dining hall, a theater, media center and library, a ceramic studio, an audio-visual recording studio, a weight and exercise room, a gymnasium, and new classrooms and offices.
Enrollment: 250 students in grades 1-12.
Scholarship & Financial Aid: Nearly $850,000 in financial aid was awarded to approximately 30% of the student body for the 2015-16 school year.
Summer Programs: Groves Academy offers two distinct summer programs with academic and enrichment classes: one for children entering grades 2-8 and a second for those entering grades 9-12. Groves summer programs are open to students from the community who have learning disabilities or attention disorders from any school.