Groves Academy

Groves Academy Photo #1 - Located just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Groves Academy's five-acre campus occupies a convenient location near the intersection of Highway 100 and Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park. The state-of-the-art building includes a variety of new facilities which are the result of $7 million renovation and expansion. Facilities include a new kitchen and dining hall, a media center
Groves Academy is Minnesota's only independent school serving students in grades 1-12 who have strong ability and a desire to learn along with dyslexia, ADHD, or similar learning differences.
Founded in 1972, the teachers, tutors, educational psychologists, and learning specialists at Groves Academy have helped change the lives of thousands of students.
The curriculum at Groves Academy is presented using evidenced-based, multi-sensory methods that address students' individual needs. Students receive a balance of academic skills, particularly in reading, writing, math, and strategies for success in school along with a rich array of enrichment and extracurricular activities including drama, music, robotics, soccer, and basketball.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, LD in reading, writing, math
Year Founded1972
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost Notes2-8th grade morning program reading, writing, math is $2,400 for 4 weeks, afternoon enrichment classes available for $600 per 2-week session (incl. 2 classes), Writing and Executive Function Program $2,400 for 4 wks; High School program $450 per class
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students277 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Groves Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesLower School Tuition $32,995; Middle School Tuition $33,655; Upper School Tuition $34,220
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$17,900
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTeresa Smith
Admissions AssociateTrish Mintz


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Marksmanship, Snowboarding, SoccerBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Drama, Robotics, Ski/Snowboard Club, Yearbook Committee

School Notes

Groves Academy is a non-profit organization that transforms lives through education and is comprised of three programs:
  • Our School serves students in grades 1-12 with strong ability and a desire to learn along with dyslexia, ADHD, and/or other learning differences. 
  • The Learning Center supports families and students in the community  with diagnostic assessments, tutoring, speech-language evaluation and therapy, and summer programs for children with learning differences.
  • Groves Literacy Partnerships shares our evidence-based teaching methods with other schools and teachers in the community, to ensure all students receive literacy based instruction based on the science of reading.
Groves Academy welcomes families and students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. 

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