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Groves Academy

Private | 2-12 | 223 students

Our school empowers students to succeed despite LDs such as dyslexia

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $259,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $950.

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Posted April 15, 2014

Groves Academy has given my daughter the tools to become a life long learner, and a successful self advocate. She has gone from a failing student in the traditional classroom; to a very successfull student in the college classroom setting while still in high school. Groves has given her the 'keys' that she needed to unlock her potential. Where others saw what she could not do, Groves Academy saw what she could do. Without Groves, we know that this outcome would not have been possible! Outstanding staff and teachers that believe in your student and help your student to believe in themselves. Our only regret is that we did not find Groves earlier in her school journey!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

Groves is exceptional. The 1:8 teacher/student ratio provides very personalized, intentional education to each student. Our son's academic life has changed dramatically for the better, as has his confidence and self-esteem. Groves teachers create an individual teaching plan for each student based on the students learning gifts and differences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

My son goes to this school and it's excellent. He is in high school and the upper school teachers are awesome and really know how to work with kids who have ADHD and/or learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Groves has made a world of difference for my son. He has severe dyslexia and was falling through the cracks at his other school. This is his second year at Groves and I am amazed by the difference in attitude, confidence, desire to learn, and of course, reading. The teachers are caring and consistent from class to class - students are taught and given organizational skills that are best for the child, not what is easiest for the teacher. It was a difficult decision to send our son here considering the cost and the commute, but absolutely the best decision hands down. The Head of School is wonderful too - can't say enough positive things about him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

My son has dyslexia and has been at Groves for 2 1/2 years. We tried every therapy out there as well as different school situations. The only thing that has worked is Groves. He is doing great in school, loves school and learning. I have a different child. One with more confidence. A child who works hard and gets results. He says he can finally learn at Groves! We come from 45 minutes away and it's worth the drive. And, worth every penny spent on tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Groves provides customized, research-proven instruction to students with learning and attention challenges. Class sizes are small and teachers are experts in the field of learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 12, 2013

This school will change your life! I know this because it did for me. I wouldn't be who I am and the dreams I have if it weren't for Groves. They truly saved my education and my life.


Posted August 18, 2013

Groves Academy is a great school, coming from a person who has attended (grade 8-12) and graduated. This school caters to students who need a little extra attention due to a learning difference (ADHD etc). Even so, many of the students at this school are at or above average intelligence levels. The major downside to this school is the price tag ($19,000+ when I attended). Unfortunately, this school serves a small population of very wealthy families. But there are many scholarship options and financial assistance programs available, but nothing will cover the complete cost due to the number of students requesting aid. Apart from the cost, a seat for a student at Groves is highly sought after and there can be some competition for an open seat. The school is constantly expanding and offers a modern, engaging and high tech experience for the students. In addition, several children of well known people have also attended Groves Academy, the son of Kirby Puckett, the daughter or Garrison Keillor among others. Many families have also moved from other parts of the U.S. or even different countries so their children may attend this school.


Posted February 26, 2011

i am a former upper school student of groves. i would have to say it was the worst experience i have ever had in schools. one of the teachers evan caled me anoying infront of the hole class. not to menchion her lack of any skills in teaching or tecnology.i also no that drugs are yoused by everyother student their aswell as constant harasment from them. not just to me but everyone. i also dident get any help when i was asked in 2 of my classes. i will say the teachers for health,pe,home ec,art, and science are very nice thoes are the only classes i felt the teachers were actualy trying to help me. the others it seamed dident want me around. i cant say anything for lower and middle school tho. i dont no if their the same or different.


Posted April 14, 2010

This faculty and program helped my son achieve his full potential. Our family will be forever grateful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2007

As my son approaches graduation, I am reminded of how far he has come. In 7th grade we were loosing him. Dyslexia defined who he was and limited his opportunities. After five years at Groves he has become a confident, optimistic, humorous young man with a life time of opportunities ahead. Dyslexia does n ot limit him, define him, or depress him anymore. Now, he knows how amazing he is, not because he believes Mom and Dad, but because he believes himself. Graduation 2008 is next- because of Groves Academy. CMF
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2006

We took a huge leap of faith and brought our son to Groves from out of state for his sophomore year of high school. Before his Groves experience, he did not participate in class discussion, did not get his work in, did not ask for help when he needed it. Groves gave him the tools he needed and he is back in regular ed high school and doing great! The encouragement he got from teachers and the other students was fabulous. If you are looking for a great school for a nice kid, you've found it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2005

I have nothing but praise for the quality of education offered at Groves. My 7th grader has been there for three years, and he will probably be ready to transition to a public school next year. My son has LD and ADHD with the typical behaviors accociated with ADHD. The staff at Groves is highly qualified to help him with these issues. Groves is set up to handle students of average to above average intelligence. They make a point of recognizing each child's unique gifts and help us realize that all children there are 'gifted' in some way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

Groves began well with our son but in his second year there, the school was horrible. They could not accept ANY form of behavior difference, even the behaviors that are typical of students with ADHD. They prefer students who are 'gifted' with learning disabilities. They do NOT prefer students who are of average intelligence with ADHD. They are very rigid and once the difficulties began, they increased the stress level for my son. Don't go there if your child has any tendency toward even mild behavior issues or if you need a flexible program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2004

I am a parent of a former Groves Academy student and am currently on the Board of Directors. From our family's personal experience and from my experience on the board, I consider Groves an excellent institution that serves its students extremely well. The faculty could not be finer, the small classes are essential, and the parents are highly involved. The success students achieve at Groves is the success all students deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

This is the third year our 17 year old son has attended Groves. He has a nonverbal learning disability (NVLD) and anxiety. Our public school didn't know what a NVLD was nor how to help. We knew we were looking at the right school when we saw that Groves had links to many articles about NVLD on their web site. With small class sizes and individualized attention, Groves has made a huge difference both for our son and our family. He is now getting good grades and no longer has to take medication. He was actually looking forward to returning to school at the end of this summer. We're thankful we found Groves and highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

My son is in his second year at Groves and is currently in 9th grade. He has A.D.H.D. and Dyslexia. When he first arrived at G.A. from our local public school he was depressed, defeated and ready to give up on school all together. We felt G.A. was our last hope. Last year he made tremendous gains accademically and socially. With a class size of 10 he got lots of help and attention. Kids don't make fun of other's disabilities because everyone struggles in some way in school. Teachers are so encouraging and will go out of their way to be available (even give out home phone numbers.) Groves teaches students about their disability and how to be successful in school and life. They learn to learn. It's an expensive school and requires making some hard financial choices. As a parent, and mother of 4 it's been wourth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

This year our sixteen year old son will begin his second year at Groves as a junior. In addition to ADHD and LD, he was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The small and enriched classroom setting at Groves (8 students per class) has allowed him to achieve academically, and more importantly for him, to progress socially. While the transition to Groves was initially bumpy, our son's confidence and self esteem are growing daily. The teachers have been flexible and have individualized their approach to his needs. Our son is now flourishing in this small, protective setting and the life of our family has radically improved. We highly recommend the school for its positive approach to students with learning differences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2004

If your child has any corresponding needs other than straight special education needs like reading and speech, don't bother sending them. Their needs won't be met because the school does NOT service those needs as well as they are NOT equiped to handle behavior problems that are commonly found with ADHD and other special needs. Save the tuition monies and hire private services which will benefit your child better in the long run.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 73%
Black 7% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • college conference
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 3:00
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • John Alexander
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (952) 920-2068

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • college conference
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically come from these schools
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Private

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$20000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
college conference
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3200 Highway 100 S
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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Phone: (952) 920-6377

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