Lower School Helping Students With Learning Disabilities Unleash Their Brilliance

Groves Academy’s Lower School cultivates confidence for students who experience learning challenges in grades 1 through 6. We use evidence-based instruction with an emphasis on literacy to illuminate each student’s brilliance. Our carefully constructed environment and culture help all students feel safe, valued, and empowered.

Groves Academy Ignites the Confidence of Students Who Have ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Learning Disabilities

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The Path to Admission

Many roads might bring a student to Groves Academy. Some begin their educational journey with us in 1st grade. Other students come to find the support they need when they realize they need a different way to learn.  We work to understand your student’s learning style and skill level and meet them where they are by providing the resources and support they need to shine.

The best way to get started is by connecting with our Groves Academy admissions team.

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A Curriculum That’s Proven to Help Students Shine

We form all classes by aligning our students’ ages and ability levels. We meet students where they are, providing tailored support, modifications, and interventions to help them achieve grade-level performance. Our classrooms are typically composed of approximately eight students of similar ages matched by their talents and learning needs.

The curriculum consists of multimodal, hands-on activities that keep your student engaged. Organization and study skills are also introduced to give students the skills they need to be successful, lifelong learners.  We monitor each student’s progress toward their potential, using standardized tests as well as classroom observations.

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A Light on the Horizon for Parents and Students

Empower your student today

Neurodiverse students harness a “superpower” in how they approach the world. With this “superpower” comes challenges. The world at large isn’t built to support how their brains process information. Groves Academy helps students learn, decipher, and understand information on their terms.

Groves Academy illuminates a path to learning that gives your student greater confidence in and out of the classroom. We keep parents/guardians informed with multiple meetings each academic year, so you’re connected to their journey. You’ll see struggles transform into successes as your student’s academic brilliance is given a chance to shine.

“When I read with my son now he is fearless and proud of his ability.”

– Groves Academy Parent

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Groves Academy 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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Alumni Spotlight: Kellen Burke

Because of my time at Groves, I know how I best absorb and digest information, and this allows me to approach education from a different angle and still find equal or better success.
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