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Groves Academy is a non-profit organization that transforms lives through education. We have expertise in literacy, dyslexia, study skills, and teaching the process of learning. Groves consists of three programs: Our School, the Learning Center, and the Institute for Professional Learning.

Fast Facts Sheet


Our School
Our school serves students in grades 1-12 who have strong ability and a desire to learn along with dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning challenges. When our students have the opportunity to learn in a different way – with highly trained teachers, small class sizes, and specialized curriculum – they begin to experience success, build confidence, and recognize their full potential. They feel understood and included as part of a community of learners.

FOUNDED: 1972 by Minnesota parents who wanted to create a school for children with learning disabilities

HEAD OF SCHOOL: Kimberly Peeples, M.A., Education, Wayne State 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-of-the-art facilities include a full-size gym, an updated kitchen and cafeteria, a media center and library, a ceramics studio, an audio-visual recording studio, a theater, and a design and innovation lab.

SCHOOL HOURS: 8:30 – 3:00 (Wednesdays 1:00 dismissal). After-care daily until 5:30.

ENROLLMENT: 285 students from over 30 communities

FACULTY: 60 men and women, 67% of whom hold advanced degrees. The faculty includes teachers, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, counselors, and assistive technology consultants. Faculty members are provided with continuous opportunities for professional development.

CLASS SIZE: Average of eight students per class in our Lower and Middle Schools and 10 students per class in our Upper School.

ACADEMICS: Groves provides targeted, small-group instruction in reading (Orton-Gillingham based approach), writing, math, science, social studies, computer technology, executive functioning skills, fine and performing arts, physical education, and health. The curriculum at Groves is presented using evidence-based, multi-sensory methods that address students’ individual needs. Emphasis is on building academic skills, particularly in reading, writing and math, and developing strategies for success in school.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Groves offers a rich array of extracurricular activities including art, sports, theater, science, and technology. All ages can participate and coverage is provided until 5:30 daily.

ACCREDITATIONS: Groves is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and has twice received the Excellence in Education award by the U.S. Department of Education. Groves is a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA).

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID: Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $29,900 for students in Lower School, $30,550 for students in Middle School, and $31,050 for Upper School students. Over $1,250,000 in financial aid is awarded annually to approximately 30% of the student body.

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.


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 are open to children from any school. 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 learning disability and attention disorder related workshops throughout the 2019-2020 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.

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