Middle School A Welcoming and Safe Space for Students with Learning Disabilities

Groves Academy’s Middle School helps students who experience learning challenges spark their brilliance. Your student will join classrooms with an average student-teacher ratio of 8-to-1. The small class size and nurturing support empower students with the confidence, skills, and strategies needed to be successful learners.

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

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The Path to Admission

A student’s spark can be ignited at any grade level. Many students enroll after completing elementary grades elsewhere. At Groves Academy, they are able to achieve academic and social success, build independence/self-advocacy, and unlock their fullest potential. Begin your student’s journey at Groves Academy by connecting with our admissions team.

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A Curriculum That Sparks Their Minds

We form all classes by aligning our students’ ages and ability levels. The typical school day consists of six, 42-minute class periods. Reading, spelling, and vocabulary skill instruction occur during a 33-minute block. Our daily schedule also includes a morning break for social and physical activity. School days are framed with advisory check-ins each morning and at the end of each day to ensure each student has the materials and assignments they need to complete their homework.

In addition to daily courses, students will also participate in field trips, team-building games, and community service projects.

Understanding the motivating importance of recognition, our Middle School hosts a monthly assembly where we honor students who consistently complete quality, on-time work and demonstrate good social skills.

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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.

“Everybody makes everyone feel included in everything we do here.”

– Groves Academy Student

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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
Amy Hinrichs joined the Groves community in fall of 2021 and has thoroughly enjoyed tutoring clients in writing and executive functioning skills. Amy is excited for the opportunity to transition into the Family Navigator role and connect with more of the Groves community, while also maintaining a number of tutoring clients. Her 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.  
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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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Katherine's Success Story

We caught up with alumna Katherine Laak. She attended Groves Academy from 7th through 12th grades. After graduating from the Upper School Katherine earned a BA in English and eventually her ​​ Masters of Library and Information Science. She explains how her experience at Groves Academy was instrumental to her success.
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