Groves Academy®

Who We Serve

Groves Academy is the leading school in the Midwest for students who have learning disabilities and attention disorders, as well as a center for literacy instruction, education, and advocacy. We are a beacon for students who want to learn but are challenged with a learning disability that affects academic achievement.

Our program is not designed for disruptive or oppositional students, students with emotional disabilities unrelated to a learning disability, students with autism spectrum disorder, or students with developmental or cognitive disabilities.

Unleashing Confidence for Lasting Success

Groves Academy is a renowned place of learning that nurtures and encourages brilliance within students with learning challenges. We understand the emotional pain that results when a child is struggling to learn. Our goal is to empower students entering 1st–12th grades to gain the skills and confidence they need to achieve lasting success. We work with students to build their literacy skills and teach them how to learn.

Every student is capable of learning; some just need a different way to learn. We believe that students learn best when instruction is direct, sequential, multi-sensory, and addresses individual strengths and challenges. Our approach to education is designed to help students reach their full potential. From our curriculum to our class sizes, everything we do is grounded in scientific research and decades of experience.

We work to understand each student’s diverse learning style and skill level and meet them where they are by providing the resources and support they need to succeed. Whether that means offering a specialized curriculum or the guidance of a uniquely talented teacher with a deep understanding of learning disabilities, we have the tools to spark each student’s light for lasting success in school and beyond.

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The Groves Academy Approach to Education

Everything we do is driven by our mission to build confidence, success, and purpose through transformative learning experiences. From expert teachers, small class sizes, and specialized evidence-based curriculum, to intentional relationship development, we want to light the path for our students so they experience positive, lasting change.

Our approach to education helps students who have the ability and desire to learn but face dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning disorders. We offer instruction that is explicit, structured, and multi-sensory. We begin each subject at a level where students can experience success before confidently moving on to more advanced skills.

The highly trained teachers at Groves Academy combine their experience and expertise with care and understanding, using a diagnostic-prescriptive approach to continually assess and address individual student needs.

Organization and executive function skills are taught in the context of subject area classes. Students learn and practice essential skills in the process of learning, such as how to study for a test, how to take notes, and how to stay on top of long-term assignments.

Classes are comprised of students who are about the same age and working at about the same skill level, promoting an illuminating environment of peer support and understanding.

“Groves Academy got our daughter back on track, renewed her hope, rebuilt her curiosity, supported her intelligence, and opened additional pathways to learning.”

Meet The Groves Academy Admissions Team

We are a community of learners and educators. Our success depends on identifying students who are a good fit with our educational program.

Our admissions team is not only well-versed in the curriculum, instruction, and extracurricular activities offered at Groves Academy, each of them is knowledgeable about learning disabilities and can provide guidance regarding our school and other resources.

Their role is to help guide the admissions process for current and future families. We invite you to come for a tour or set up an appointment and learn more about what Groves Academy can do for you.

Aurie Dyer
Admissions & Financial Aid Coordinator
Education & Experience:  Aurie graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College. From there she went right into the non-profit world to be a K-1st grade teacher for an extended school day program in St Louis Park, MN. After spending seven years as a teacher Aurie took on a more administrative role within the same organization. Having now joined the Groves Learning Organization team she looks forward to continuing to be able to work with families as a part of the admissions team to Groves Academy. Hobbies: Aurie loves to travel and will never turn down a chance to go somewhere. Aurie also enjoy cross stitching and reading to relax.   Get In Touch  
Teri Greenstein
Family Navigator
Education & Experience: Teri attended St. Catherine University, where she received her K-6 teaching certification, then a Master's Degree from Hamline University in Literacy Education. She recently completed a 20-year teaching career in the Robbinsdale school district where she was a classroom teacher and intervention specialist. Her passion is for students and their families and helping them to have the optimal educational experience wherever they are. Hobbies:  Teri loves to read, spend time with family and friends, and travel.   Get In Touch
Amy Hinrichs
Family Navigator
Education & Experience:  Amy's previous background consists of a BS in English Education followed by a MA in English with an emphasis in pedagogy and creative writing. She has experience teaching secondary and collegiate level students and then transitioned into a 1:1 educational setting that served students with language gaps and/or learning disabilities where students and their families gripped her heart. Hobbies:  Outside of work, Amy can be found hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or playing tennis with family and friends. She also loves creative writing, reading, and playing with her young, energetic husky.   Get In Touch
Abby Kirshbaum
Admissions Coordinator
Education & Experience:  Abby went to Brandeis University where she received her BA in Psychology along with minoring in Business and Social Justice. After volunteering with Americorps in Boston, Abby came back home to Minneapolis and was the Director of Youth & Camping at Temple Israel, overseeing the day camp and youth group programs. Abby currently serves on the Board and coaches for Girls on the Run Minnesota. Hobbies:  In Abby's free time you can find her running, biking, dancing or watching reality TV (especially the Bachelor.)   Get In Touch
Erica Sutton
Director of Admissions
Education & Experience:  Erica Graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education. Before coming to GLO she spent almost 14 years with Huntington Learning Center. At the beginning of her Huntington career she taught children with a wide variety of learning challenges. Later in her time at Huntington she served as a Managing and Center Director where she interpreted student's assessment results in order to build and implement individualized remediation plans while concurrently guiding and partnering with the student's parents and school teachers to ensure maximum academic gains were made. When first coming to GLO she served as The Learning Center Admissions Coordinator before joining the admissions team in April of 2021. Hobbies:  Erica grew up in the Chicago suburbs but has been a proud Minnesotan since 2007. She lives in St. Louis Park with her husband Paul, son Ben (4 years old), and a very spoiled cat named Scully. Erica is a loyal Iowa Hawkeyes football and Twins baseball fan. Erica also really enjoys attending concerts and theatre events whenever life allows.   Get In Touch