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Our 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 in Lower and Middle School and ten students per class in Upper School.

Faculty: The faculty includes more than 40 teachers, four psychologists, a speech-language pathologist, two counselors, and an assistive technology consultant. Faculty members are provided with continuous opportunities for professional development.

Enrollment: 280 students in grades 1-12.

Scholarship & Financial Aid: Over a million dollars in financial aid will be awarded to approximately 30% of the student body in the current school year.


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.

Summer Programs: Groves Academy offers two distinct summer programs with academic and enrichment classes: one for children entering grades 2-8 and another for those entering grades 9-11. Groves summer programs are open to students from any school who have learning disabilities or attention disorders.  

Workshops: Groves Academy will present 16 learning disability and attention disorder related workshops for the 2018-2019 school year. These workshops are held at Groves 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.


Institute for Professional Learning at Groves Academy
The Institute for Professional Learning shares the evidence based teaching methods used in our school to advance literacy instruction among other teachers, schools, and organizations.

We believe in the democratization of good literacy instruction to help close the reading achievement gap in this country.


Executive Director: 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.

State-or-the-art facilities house our school, The Learning Center, and the Institute for Professional Learning and include a kitchen and cafeteria, a theater, media center and library, a ceramic studio, an audio-visual recording studio, and new classrooms and offices. 

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.

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