After School Program
Groves Academy's enduring success stems from more than 40 years' experience working with students with learning disabilities and attention disorders. We understand that to be successful, we need to address the intellectual, social and emotional aspects of learning in all of our students. We recognize that while we need to target a student's weaknesses, we must also nurture that student's strengths.
As such, Groves Academy has developed a rich and diverse after school program to help our students discover and develop interest in art, athletics, technology and other activities. The After School Activities Program offers new and exciting activities, as well as old favorites, during the fall, winter and spring of the school year.
Extended Day Option
Additionally, students who participate in after school activities have the option to participate in an extended day program from 4:15PM – 5:30PM each school day. Students will be supervised and will have the opportunity to play games or complete homework assignments.
Below is a sampling of some of our exciting after school activities:
Aviary® Graphic Editing
Want to learn how to Photoshop® your own pictures? Aviary is a free, online photo editing program. This class will cover the basics of the Aviary Suite and show you how to change and enhance any picture. Make your hair turn pink or put yourself next to your favorite movie star! The only limit is your imagination!
Swish! Learn the game of basketball or sharpen your shooting skills. Middle and Upper Schoolers are invited to join the Groves basketball team and improve your offensive and defensive skills. The team will play other local schools in a series of fun, competitive games during basketball season.
Come bowl a few games and improve your high score! After some practice, go for your first strike or get three in a row and get your first turkey! The fee for bowling includes all games bowled, shoe rental, transportation and instructor fees. Transportation is included to Texa-Tonka Lanes.
Crazy about computers? Like to play games or create things with your PC? Or do you want a bit more practice with your keyboarding skills? If you said yes to any of the above, this is the class for you! Grab a friend a come enjoy this crazy computer class together!
Every year, Groves Academy students put on a couple of Broadway-worthy plays or musicals. Are you the next Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Watson? Find out by joining the cast and crew of Groves' thrilling play!
Machines Behaving Badly (Robotics)
Want to build a three-pound robot? Even wonder how remote control cars work? Do you like to build and take things apart? Then the Machines Behaving Badly class is for you. Come learn about robots, motors, wheels, tools and other cool stuff. Find a new use for your broken toys. Come build a machine that is guaranteed to move when you are finished. At the end of classes, we will have a tournament to see who built the best machine!
The granddaddy of them all and a Groves Academy favorite! Get ready to use your dodging and throwing skills in a game of dodgeball – Groves style! Throw, duck, weave and watch the Medic come to the rescue! From 1st graders to Upper Schoolers, this is one after school activity you won't want to miss!
Minnesota Twisters is the premiere, state-of-the-art USAG certified trampoline and tumbling gym in Minnesota. The Twisters' professional staff is available to facilitate skill development for all levels of recreational and competitive trampoline and tumbling. Transportation to and from Minnesota Twisters is provided. A waiver must be completed before participating.
Grab your running shoes and hit the Midtown Greenway with us after school for some fun, recreational running. This is a great class for students who are trying to stay in shape for a sport, who are training for a race or who are just looking for a great after school activity. At our last class, we will have a timed Fun Run to see how we've done!
Head over to 3rd Lair Skate Park in Golden Valley with your friends for an afternoon and hit the pool, some half-pipes and all sorts of ramps at one of the Midwest's finest skate parks! Whether you're getting on a skateboard for the first time, or want to perfect your grab above a half-pipe, Groves' skateboarding class is for you!
Skiing and Snowboarding
During the winter season, join your Groves buddies and head off to a variety of ski areas around the Twin Cities including Buck Hill, Hylands, Afton Alps and Welch Village. Catch some big air, carve a hill, or hit the half-pipes in the terrain park and dazzle your friends. From bunny hills to black diamonds, Groves After School Skiing and Snowboarding program is fun for everyone!
GOAL! Join the Groves soccer team and represent the school in a series of exciting games against other local schools. Be a part of the Homecoming game and then celebrate with all your friends at the party and bonfire afterwards. Grab a friend and take part in this exciting sport!
Lower, Middle and Upper School students can find a quiet, structured setting to work on homework at their own pace while receiving support from Groves Academy teachers. For an hour each day after school, students can work diligently on their homework and then move on to independent reading or other skill building activity.
Open to Middle and Upper School students, the weightlifting class will give students the opportunity to receive instruction and supervision on the proper way to lift using free weights and machines. The class provides students with a great opportunity to build muscular strength.