History

The Groves Story

On a sunny, September morning in 1972, a small group of parents gathered around U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey near the front doors of an old school building located at 2000 Hopkins Crossroads in Minnetonka. Senator Humphrey proceeded to cut the ribbon in a dedication ceremony for the new Groves Learning Center, which was opening that day with an enrollment of 21 students. This day marked the culmination of a years-long effort on the part of several visionary families to open a school in Minnesota that served the needs of students with learning disabilities and attention disorders.

Milestones in Groves Academy's History

1972

Dedication of the Groves Learning Center, located at 2000 Hopkins Crossroads in Minnetonka. Enrollment was 21 students.

1982

Groves Learning Center relocated to the former Ethel Baston School on St. Louis Park, located at 3200 Highway 100 South. Enrollment was 115 students.

1988

Development of a reference library and expansion of the computer room was completed.

1993

Groves Learning Center added a soccer field to its campus and basketball and volleyball courts were added to the playground.

1994

Groves Learning Center completed work to add a new state-of-the-art Media Center.

1995

Our school was renamed Groves Academy.

2000

Groves Academy launched a $9 million capital campaign called “Think… of the Possibilities!”

2001

Groves Academy began a project to remodel and expand existing facilities to accommodate growing enrollment.

2002

Construction was completed on a new middle school, science lab, gymnasium, and a state-of-the-art computer and technology lab. Enrollment was 136 students.

2010

Construction was completed on a $7 million expansion and renovation. Facilities included a new kitchen and dining hall, a theater, media center and library, a ceramic studio, a weight and exercise room, a gymnasium, and new classrooms and offices. Enrollment was 207 students.

2012

Groves Academy celebrates 40 years of service to the Minnesota community.

2014

Singapore Math® adapted into the curriculum at Groves Academy.

2015

The Learning Center at Groves Academy opens to provide services to the community of individuals with learning disabilities including diagnostic testing, tutoring, speech-language therapy and career counseling. Our school enrollment reaches 250 students.

2016

Groves Literacy PartnershipsSM is established to share the evidence-based teaching methods from our school to advance literacy instruction for all students with other teachers and schools.

2017

Our school enrollment reaches 275 students for the 2017-2018 school year, The Learning Center served 1,000 clients over the past 12 months, and Groves Literacy Partnerships has trained over 500 teachers since it was formed.

What You Give Today Will Build Tomorrow

Groves Academy depends on your generosity to continue to expand our mission to build confidence, success, and purpose through transformative learning experiences. We are grateful to the individuals, families, and corporate sponsors that make this work possible. With your support, we are able to positively impact the lives of thousands of kids each year. Will you help us achieve our vision to redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time?