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.


A Light on the Horizon for Parents and Students

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Students with learning differences 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

Frank Brutejcek
Admissions Coordinator
Aurie Dyer
Admissions & Financial Aid Coordinator
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. Now having joined GLO, she continues to work with families as a part of the admissions team at Groves Academy. Aurie loves to travel and will never turn down a chance to go somewhere. Aurie also enjoys cross stitching and reading to relax. Email: [email protected] Email Aurie Dyer
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
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

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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