Success Starts with the Student
The primary goals for students enrolled at Groves Academy are to strengthen basic academic skills, to improve self-esteem, and to increase independence, self-reliance, and self-regulation. Both curriculum and instruction for students in 1st–12th grade are based on an understanding of each student’s abilities and needs. Students are grouped into small classes and are actively engaged in learning through multi-sensory instruction.
Academics at our school include a variety of instructional programs and approaches. We work with students to strengthen reading, writing, and math skills through transformative learning experiences using our evidence-based curriculum. Modifications and accommodations are made as needed to enable students to maximize their academic and intellectual growth. We teach learning strategies to help students break down complex academic tasks such as comprehension, written expression, and problem solving.
We also use community resources to enhance curriculum offerings. Field trips and community service projects are incorporated into the program to augment classroom instruction.
Organization and study skills are incorporated into instruction in all classes. These skills include note taking, test preparation, active reading, and cooperative learning, which are all essential for school success.
We place a high priority on providing a learning environment that nurtures students’ growth in the academic, social, and emotional realms. Making friends and building a sense of community are encouraged and supported in classrooms and in all student activities.
Our Curriculum Guide
Access to technology is a key piece to our school’s success and the tools that this access provides are invaluable to our students. We work to ensure that the technology we use is age appropriate and individualized to meet each student’s needs. Our teachers have explored and implemented teaching approaches that balance technological and non-technological methods that work to give each student the best learning experience possible.
1:1 Laptop Program
Groves Academy’s 1:1 laptop program for our Upper School and Middle School has been in place since 2009. In 2013 all Lower School classrooms received a set of laptops to be used by the students in the classroom. This ‘always present’ model of computing provides an arena for student growth that is not available in other school computing models. Our 1:1 program is more than an infusion of technology into the school. It is a way to examine education’s best practices and determine what can be enhanced by technology. The availability of technology and continuous connectivity has caused Middle and Upper School teachers to redefine the ways they give and collect homework, communicate with parents, and assess student learning.
We have made a commitment to prepare our students to use technology as a tool that levels the playing field for those with learning disabilities and attention disorders. The availability of assistive technology throughout the building has increased student comprehension, productivity, and efficiency. Assistive technology tools such as text readers, voice recognition, and visual mapping software enhance the student experience and provide each with the best learning environment possible.
All Groves students have a membership to Learning Ally, a helpful assistive technology application (PDF), and the world’s largest collection of audiobooks.