2019-2020 Impact Report

Learn how we gained results through resiliency in 2019-2020.

Thanks to our generous donors, Groves realized its vision and produced meaningful results during the 2019-2020 fiscal year. We are grateful for their support. 


Total Groves operating budget: $13 Million
$1.8 Million Raised (22.5% more than last year)
1,147 Total Gifts

  • $1,506,490 awarded in financial aid
  • 95 students awarded financial aid
  • 1,000+ community members attended 20 community events and education workshops
  • 446 college fair attendees
  • 1,080 volunteer hours from 150 volunteers
  • $500,000+ in grants to support Groves Literacy Partnerships

Groves’ Vision

Groves’ Vision is to redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time.

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One Student

  • 83 new students began their Groves education experience.
  • 61 students transitioned to 38 different schools (both private and public) to continue their academic journeys
  • 24 graduates bound for their future next step (largest class ever!)
  • Students attended more than 3,200 tutoring sessions
  • Students attended more than 4,300 speech and language sessions
  • Students found answers through 541 diagnostic evaluations
  • 122 students attended in-person summer programs
  • 8 students attending underserved Groves Literacy Partnerships℠ schools received a grant-funded comprehensive psychoeducational diagnostic evaluation at no cost from a Groves Learning Center Psychologist.

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One Teacher

  • 5 Groves literacy coaches supported 179 classroom teachers at partner schools
  • 100% of faculty studied more than 34 topics for hundreds of hours of professional development
  • 32 Groves tutors supported students both in-person and virtually
  • 67% of Groves teachers and literacy coaches have advanced degrees
  • 41% of Groves teachers and literacy coaches have worked at Groves for 10 or more years.

One School

  • 30 partner schools and 3,430 students served by Groves Literacy Partnerships
  • 446 people attended the Groves college fair and 41 colleges exhibited
  • Groves shared our teaching methods with a group of teachers representing 4 different school districts in North Dakota
  • Groves Literacy Partnerships made 16 presentations to potential partner schools

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Groves Virtual Gala

Every dollar raised at the gala helped provide financial aid for our students and helped close the literacy achievement gap with our partner schools.

  • 1,300+ attendees tuned in from coast to coast and around the world
  • More than $615,000 raised
  • Nearly $50,000 in donated items for silent auction
  • 27 corporate / table sponsors

Together we are resilient.

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The circumstances of the past 12 months necessitated Groves to stretch and find new paths to fulfill our mission.

The entire Groves organization shifted to distance learning without missing a beat in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Groves team pulled together to develop real, powerful solutions to ensure the consistency of education for our students, clients, and partner schools.

To help support the parent community, Groves created a Student Emergency Fund to offer additional scholarships to families who experienced financial hardship because of COVID. This fund provided additional tuition assistance to Groves’ current and new families to allow them to remain a part of the Groves community.

The Learning Center supported families struggling through these challenging times by having no break in services. Tutoring and speech moved online right away. Groves was one of the first psychologist groups in the Twin Cities to offer in-person evaluations, employing strong safety protocols.

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Groves Literacy Partnership℠ coaches pivoted to support the unique way each partner school conducted distance learning. While each school had different needs, Groves literacy coaches built a bank of training and support videos. Teachers could use them on their own, or with their students, as they taught and learned from home.

The school transitioned to 100% online learning on April 1st, providing all students with nearly a full schedule every day, including direct remediation of their learning challenges as well as elective classes. Groves continued to prioritize relationship-building by scheduling one-on-one check-ins between students and teachers, in addition to creating opportunities for students to connect outside of class through faculty/counselor-led Zoom gatherings.

Groves’ teachers showed deep commitment; many worked over the summer participating in one of the four task forces Groves created to ensure a safe start to the school year. These collaborative groups included administrators, teachers, staff, and parents. Their crucial work helped Groves create a 33-page COVID safety plan, guiding the return to school last fall.

In July, Groves successfully held its annual summer programs in person, including a first-ever four-week parent class, expanded executive functioning offerings, and a well-executed safety plan. It was the first time students were back in classrooms with peers since early March 2020.

Thanks to our partnerships with our donors, Groves is well-positioned to continue its vital work.


Our Mission
We build confidence, success, and purpose through transformative learning experiences.

Our Vision
To redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time.

Our Core Values
Authenticity, Collaboration, Compassion, Discovery, Tenacity



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