Admissions

Groves Academy Open House

We invite you to explore Groves Academy! Our open house begins with a tour and continues with a presentation and Q&A session led by our admissions team. Prospective families will have an opportunity to meet and hear from school leadership and currently enrolled students and their families. We hope to see you there!

3200 Highway 100 S, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Families are asked to arrive by 9:00 a.m.

Register for Nov. 10, 2022

Register for Jan. 12, 2023

Register for Feb. 9, 2023

 

Welcome to A Renowned Place of Learning

The Lower School and Middle School at Groves Academy are currently at capacity for the 2022-2023 school year. Our admissions team is working with families who are exploring enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year. There are some select placements that remain in our Upper School for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage you to reach out and start a conversation today!

Whether you are interested in exploring educational options for your 1st or 2nd grader or evaluating different academic environments for your high school student, our school at Groves Academy® provides an appropriately challenging, scientifically based education to each of our extraordinary 1st–12th grade students.

We recognize that families in Minnesota have a variety of educational choices for students, from our excellent public schools to a diverse set of independent and charter schools. As the only established school in Minnesota specifically serving children who have learning disabilities and attention disorders, our school understands the unique needs of our students and has the tools, knowledge, and support required for student success.

Our understanding stems from almost 50 years of working with students who have learning challenges such as dyslexia and attention disorders. We understand the journey that led you to our door and we know what to do to help.

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“Groves is a unique school because all of us share something in common—learning style differences. It is much easier to learn at Groves, and it is also much easier to fit in. Our teachers understand us and we understand each other.” – Groves Academy Student

Admissions Process

At Groves Academy, our school admissions process focuses on understanding each child’s unique learning profile and determining whether Groves is a good fit for the student’s needs. Parents and the admissions office start by sharing information, and parents are encouraged to visit the school.

1) Start a Conversation

Parents or guardians typically initiate the admissions process by contacting Groves to set up a call with one of our family navigators. During that call, parents will share information about their child and the navigator will guide them on how to begin the admissions process. Initial contact can be made by calling us at 952-920-6377 or using the link below:

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2) Apply to Our School

As part of the application process, families are required to send the application form along with recent individual psychological/educational testing, teacher feedback forms, report cards, and IEP (if applicable). An application fee of $75 is due with the application. Applications will be submitted online.

3) Visit Groves Academy

After records are reviewed and found to meet the initial criteria and the student is invited for a full-day visit. The visit day is a required part of the admissions process. Additional visit days will be scheduled if needed. Our admissions coordinator will contact you to set up the visit day.

4) Explore Financial Assistance

Financial aid scholarships, based on financial need, are awarded to approximately 30% of our students each year and can cover up to 65% of the tuition. Financial aid applications may be submitted after a student has applied for enrollment.

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Admissions Timeline

For admission to the upcoming school year, the ideal time to apply is between November and March.

  • When there are immediate openings, parents will be notified within a week or two of submitting the application.
  • Applications received before mid-February receive priority consideration. Families who apply by mid-February are notified of admissions decisions by early April.
  • Applications received after mid-February are considered on a rolling basis; acceptance and scholarship aid will be granted as space and resources allow.

Acceptance to Groves Academy

Acceptance is based on our ability to meet each child’s needs. Most students at Groves have a learning disability or attention disorder and demonstrate average or above-average intelligence with a discrepancy between aptitude and achievement in the classroom.

Based on available space, students are selected for admission on the basis of their learning disability, academic potential, past school academic and behavioral performance, and willingness to work within our school program. While any student may occasionally become frustrated by challenging assignments, students with primary behavioral or emotional issues will be better served in another environment.

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Groves Admissions Team

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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.)
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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.
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Non-Discrimination Statement

Groves Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and other school-administered programs.