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Dear Families, Welcome to Summer 2020 at Groves! Summer is the time of year when we are thrilled to offer tailored, intensive, and engaging academic and enrichment programs. Our programs are open to students struggling with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning challenges. Whether this is your first summer at Groves or you visit us each year, we welcome you and know that your child will experience a high quality, individualized, and fun summer!

and constantly honing our teaching methods, allowing our expert teachers to better meet the needs of struggling learners. You will find that our summer course offerings reflect our commitment to quality and experience. This summer, you will see NEW course offerings for our enrichment programs, a course specifically designed to address executive functioning and writing, and leveled high school courses. There is something for all struggling learners.

Our Summer Program offerings allow families a unique opportunity to experience a Groves education. For many students, summer at Groves is their first positive school experience. They begin to feel confident, smart, and capable, and they may develop a completely different outlook on school.

In addition to offerings through The Learning Center, our school serves students in grades 1 - 12 from September through May. We are also making an impact on the community through our Literacy Partnerships where we partner with local schools. These three programs allow us to positively impact over 10,000 students each year.

Our mission at Groves is to build confidence, success, and purpose through transformative learning experiences. With over 45 years of experience, we are learning from our students

We strive to make summer a positive and joyful experience and we invite you to join us this summer!

Nancy Segreti Kristina Schatz Director of The Learning Center Tutoring and Summer Program Manager

ABOUT OUR SUMMER PROGRAMS We are pleased to offer struggling students from the community the same tailored, high-quality Groves Academy education that we provide to our full-time students during the school year in the summer. Our programs are for children entering grades 2-11 who have dyslexia, and attention disorders, such as ADHD. Our summer programs employ our proven philosophy of developing strengths and talents, remediating academic weaknesses, and tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. By using our research-based curriculum, while maintaining class sizes of 6-8 students, we help students close the gap between their academic potential and achievement. Our program is not designed for disruptive or oppositional students, for students with a diagnosis of autism, students with developmental/cognitive delay, or for students with emotional issues unrelated to a learning disability.



ENRICHMENT PROGRAM | entering grades 2-8






HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM | entering grades 9-11








“ I felt like the program was individualized enough to meet my daughter where she is at. She enjoyed going as well which is a big bonus. � - Parent of Summer Program Student

Complete your application by February 28th to receive a $150 discount on Grades 2-8 Academic or Writing and Executive Function programs. Discount applies only to applications completed by February 28th.


[ ACADEMIC PROGRAM ] For students entering grades 2-8

WE HELP CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN ACADEMIC POTENTIAL AND ACHIEVEMENT. The 4-week academic morning program provides small class sizes of 6-8 students grouped according to age, reading, writing, and math abilities.

STUDENTS IN THE MORNING ACADEMIC PROGRAM attend reading, writing, and math classes for 55 minutes each, plus recess.

Like all Groves programs, the academic program for grades 2-8 is highly suited for students who have strong ability and a desire to learn along with dyslexia, ADHD or other learning challenges.

In each subject, care is taken to begin at a level where students can experience success before confidently moving on to more advanced skills.

Our program is not designed for disruptive or oppositional students, for students with a diagnosis of autism, students with developmental/ cognitive delay, or for students with emotional issues unrelated to a learning disability.

Teachers combine their experience and expertise with care and understanding, using a diagnosticprescriptive approach to continually assess and address individual needs. A final progress report, including recommendations, is sent following the conclusion of the program. Academic classes are held in the morning and enrichment classes are held in the afternoon. Families may choose to apply for full days, just the mornings, or just the afternoons. We offer optional before and after school care.

DATES: June 15 through July 10 (No class July 3)


TIMES: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm

FEE: $2,250 before February 28 (Early Bird Discount) $2,400 after February 28

JUNE 15 - JULY 10 (No class July 3)


Before Care


Subject #1 (i.e., Math)


Subject #2 (i.e., Reading)




Subject #3 (i.e., Writing)


Bag Lunch


Enrichment Program


After Care


(for students in the Enrichment Program)





Fluency Comprehension Vocabulary Spelling Capitalization


Our teachers are trained in a variety of teaching methodologies including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System®, Singapore Math, and The Writing Revolution®. Teachers use these approaches to guide their instruction.

Punctuation Sentence Structure Paragraph Development Idea Organization

“ We received one note from a teacher our daughter has ever heard from a teacher. We read it to her directly and could see the impact it made on her and her self esteem! ”

Mathematical Concepts


that was really the first positive feedback

Mathematical Operations Computation Word Problems

- Parent of Summer Program Student



[ ENRICHMENT PROGRAM ] For students entering grades 2-8

EXPLORE THE AFTERNOON Enrichment Programming is offered in 2-week blocks: Session #1 and Session #2. Classes are Monday through Friday from 12:30-3:30pm. Please choose one class from 12:30-1:30pm and one class from 1:30-3:30pm for each two week session.

You must register for both a 12:30pm and 1:30pm class.

FEE: $600 per 2-week session Includes 2 classes

SESSION #1 | JUNE 15 - JUNE 26 PICK YOUR 12:30-1:30PM CLASS:


Ocean Exploration Grades 2-5 Students discover all sorts of fun in the ocean in this class using robotics, coding, art and engineering concepts to learn about our underwater friends. Through this Snapology multidisciplinary class, students gain critical social and developmental skills.

Mechanical Masterminds & Amusement Park Engineering Grades 2-5 If your student is inquisitive, a problem solver, a big thinker, a tinkerer, a puzzler, or a LEGO® lover, this course is sure to spark their interest! This Snapology class provides budding engineering students the tools they need to understand mechanical movement through the foundations of physics, engineering concepts, and design to create simple machines and amusement park rides.

Ceramic Hand-Building Grades 2-5 With clay, glazes, and lots of fun tools use your hands to create unique ceramic works of art! Summer Sweets and Treats Grades 2-8 Beat the summer heat by preparing “cool” snacks and treats. Watermelon smoothies, icy pudding pops, fresh squeezed lemonade, and other refreshing delicacies are on the menu. Energy Blast Grades 2-8 Get active and have a blast. Utilize strategy, teamwork, and engage in friendly competition through experiencing a variety of games, sports, and activities in the gym. Are You Game? Grades 3-8 Using game platforms such as Nintendo Wii, X-box, and iPad, as well as traditional card and board games, this class offers students a variety of individual and group games. Some educational, some recreational, and others just for fun! Get your game on!


Tasty Summer Sensations Grades 2-8 Learn about fresh flavors of the season by preparing summertime favorites. Recipe selections will include taco salads in tortilla shells, scrumptious shortcakes with whipped cream and berries, garden pizzas, and other delicious creations. Introduction to Virtual Reality Grades 2-8 Introduce students to virtual reality and dive into content with a focus on art, design, space, and some fun! This class takes place at REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory with state-of-the-art virtual reality equipment. No VR experience is necessary, just bring an open mind and an adventurous spirit to enjoy the multitude of VR possibilities. Transportation provided. Ceramic Pottery Wheel Throwing Grades 5-8 Learn to use the pottery wheel, hand-building techniques, and ceramic glazes to create unique and functional works of art! Musical Theater Workshop Grades 3-8 Explore the fundamentals of musical theater as students sing, act and dance! No experience or lots of experience, there is something for everyone. Over the two weeks, as students rehearse their musical to present to family and friends, they learn what it means to work together, celebrate each person’s unique strengths, and engage an audience through storytelling!

JUNE 15 - JULY 10 (No class July 3)

THE AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT PROGRAM provides meaningful, structured, and fun activities. All classes provide a safe and inclusive environment, and are designed to meet students’ individual needs, interests, and abilities. Students who attend the morning Academic Program and continue in the afternoon Enrichment Program will have a lunch period from 12:00-12:30pm.

Progress reports are not provided for afternoon enrichment classes. Classes are based on grade levels so be sure that you are registering for a class that matches the grade that your student is entering. Please register for courses carefully. Once you have submitted your online application, you will not be able to make adjustments to your class selections.

Students must bring their own lunch.

SESSION #2 | JUNE 29 - JULY 10

(no classes July 3)



How to Draw Animals Grades 2-5 The Kidcreate Studio team will guide students step-bystep through the creation of super lively cartoon animals! From cuddly puppy dogs, to wild bears, students will be impressed with their new drawings skills!

Beginning Drawing Grades 2-5 In this playful and imaginative class delivered by Kidcreate Studio, young artists will work with paint, glitter, and bubbles to learn basic art terms and drawing techniques.

Energy Blast Grades 2-8 Get active and have a blast. Utilize strategy, teamwork, and engage in friendly competition through experiencing a variety of games, sports, and activities in the gym. Art Exploration Grades 2-8 Welcome to the wonderful world of art! In this class, students explore the art of expression through a variety of mediums such as beading, weaving, and illustration. Science through Sculpture Grades 4-8 Work with renowned Artist team Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan to explore science through art. In this handson class, students will learn natural sciences through the artistic and creative process of sculpture making. Students learn science concepts and vocabulary while playfully constructing three-dimensional sculptures with everyday materials such as poster board, tape, scissors, wood, and fabric. Creative Phone Photography Grades 4-8 In this class, Eric Mueller, talented local photographer/ filmmaker, will work with students on phone photo skills in a hands-on setting. Composition, light, and basic editing will be covered, as well as portraiture and selfies. Cell phones will not be provided by Groves. Students must bring their personal cell phone. No Ipads.

Introduction to Virtual Reality Grades 2-8 Introduce students to virtual reality and dive into content with a focus on art, design, space, and some fun! This class takes place at REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory with state-of-the-art virtual reality equipment. No VR experience is necessary, just bring an open mind and an adventurous spirit to enjoy the multitude of VR possibilities. Transportation provided. Painting and Portraiture Grades 2-8 This class is for the art lover that is curious about individual expression through painting. In this class, students will learn the basics of portrait art and painting techniques. Jedi Master Engineering with LEGOÂŽ Materials Grades 2-6 The Force is strong in this advanced Play-Well TEKnologies engineering course for young Jedi! Use the force to raise your X-Wing from the Dagobah swamp, challenge the AT-AT walkers on Hoth, and fly the Millennium Falcon through the Kessel Run. Apply realworld concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while you explore a galaxy far, far away. Mural Design and Execution Grades 4-8 Learn the process of designing and painting a mural with visiting artist team Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan. As active creators, students research the theme, prepare the stencils, develop the composition and finally paint the large scale mural. GROVESACADEMY.ORG/SUMMER


[ WRITING AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTION PROGRAM ] For students entering grades 6-8 NEW OFFERING! The EXECUTIVE FUNCTION AND WRITING PROGRAM provides direct instruction in writing and executive functioning skills and strategies. Students learn about mindfulness, growth mindset, response inhibition, sustained attention, time management, cognitive flexibility, planning and organization, and use these strategies to become more independent in writing and literature course work. DATES: June 15 through July 10 (No class July 3)

TIME: Monday - Friday 12:30 - 3:30pm

“ I liked that my son was in a classroom setting but was still able to get the individual help he needed. ” - Writing & Executive Function Class Parent


Using The Writing Revolution® curriculum, writing instruction will be individualized to meet each student’s needs. A best fit student for this class has functional reading skills, a need for executive functioning strategies, and specific support in writing. This is a stand alone offering that cannot be paired with the Grades 2-8 Academic Program. FEE: $2,250 before February 28 (Early Bird Discount) $2,400 after February 28

“ I liked how you taught me in a way that made it easy. ” - Writing & Executive Function Class Student

[ SUMMER OFFERING FOR PARENTS ] HOW TO CULTIVATE BRILLIANCE IN YOUR ADHD MIDDLE SCHOOLER: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS NEW COURSE OFFERING FOR PARENTS! In this 4-session parent class, Katherine Quie, Ph.D.,L.P., will focus on the brain chemistry behind ADHD, key parenting strategies that cultivate success in middle-schoolers, the family impact of ADHD, the benefits of neuropsychological assessment, and how to embrace ADHD challenges and turn them into opportunities for brilliance. Each session will provide ample time for conversation and support. SESSION 1: Overview of ADHD and how it presents in middleschoolers

• Developmental trajectory and brain chemistry of ADHD

• Common parental missteps and misconceptions with middle schoolers

• Review parenting strategies to help your child thrive in middle school

SESSION 2: ADHD and the Impact on the Family: Key Ingredients to Success for Raising Children with ADHD

• Why ADHD is a family diagnosis • Tips for creating an ADHD supportive environment • Techniques for building trust and healthy

SESSION 3: Understanding Neuropsychological Testing

• Cognitive functions that are often impacted by ADHD

• How to use test findings to help your child thrive • Common school-based and private testing

recommendations for middle schoolers with ADHD

SESSION 4: The power of ADHD creativity and brilliance

• Tips for creating “the right amount of difficult” for your child

• The importance of parental structure and guidance • Striking a healthy balance with electronics • How to foster creativity and bring out the brilliance


SESSION DATES: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Tuesday, July 7, 2020

SESSION TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM FEE: $75 Includes all 4 classes

“ This memoir is the real deal. Read it. Laugh, cry, learn, fly, and discover the superpower embedded in the condition so misleadingly and inaccurately called ADHD. ” --Review of Raising Will, Surviving The Brilliance and Blues of ADHD by Dr. Edward Hallowell, national ADHD expert and New York Times bestselling author

ABOUT KATHERINE QUIE Katherine Quie is a child psychologist with a specialization in pediatric neuropsychology and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD. Katherine is also a mother of two and has written an insightful memoir, Raising Will, Surviving The Brilliance and Blues of ADHD, about raising her son with ADHD. Katherine recently launched ADHD&U to provide support to the ADHD community through her blog, podcasts, and consultation. Katherine brings a professional and personal lens and provides empathetic, compassionate, light-hearted and spoton support to the ADHD community. GROVESACADEMY.ORG/SUMMER


[ HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM ] For students entering grades 9-11

GAIN CONFIDENCE Get ready for fall and gain confidence this summer with programs for students entering grades 9-11. This program is highly suited for High School students with a learning disability, such as dyslexia, and/or an attention disorder, such as ADHD, that affects academic achievement. Within a small, structured, and supportive environment, students receive the extra help they need to learn or maintain skills, and get a head start on their upcoming school year. Our academic program for students entering grades 9-11 encompasses multi-level math and writing classes, and Study/Organizational Skills. Three session times are offered and students have the flexibility to apply for 1, 2, or all 3 classes. Those who are enrolled in a morning and afternoon classes have a lunch period from 12:00-12:30pm. Students must bring their own lunch.


DATES: July 20 through July 31 Monday - Friday FEE: $450 per class $1,300 for all 3 classes

($50 Discount for all 3 classes)

JULY 20 - JULY 31

“ I learned more than my whole 8th grade year in math. ” - Summer High School Student

MATH REVIEW Math classes take an interactive approach to refining mathematical concepts. Students will learn and practice through direct, multi-sensory instruction at their own level and pace. Please self-select the appropriate class level based on the student’s needs. Pre-Algebra/Algebra Review Section 1 Time: 8:45-10:15am Section 2 Time: 10:30-12:00pm Geometry Review Section 1 Time: 8:45-10:15am Section 2 Time: 10:30-12:00pm

STUDY/ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS This class orients students to vital elements of learning and provides strategies designed to improve executive function/organizational skills. Students will be introduced to note-taking tools and learn strategies to enhance comprehension through active reading and summary writing, and explore various approaches for organizing materials and time management. Section 1 Time: 8:45-10:15am Section 2 Time: 10:30-12:00pm Section 3 Time: 12:30-2:00pm

WRITING STRATEGIES LEVELS 1 AND 2 Both writing classes provide students with foundational skills needed to be successful in producing written compositions across various content areas. Please choose the appropriate writing level for your student based on the descriptions below. It may be beneficial to discuss this with your English/Writing teacher to determine the appropriate level. Writing Level 1 Focuses on sentence and paragraph structure. • Fragments / run-ons / complete sentences • Sentence combining and expansion strategies • Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions • Generating topic and concluding sentences • Single Paragraph Outline (SPO) • Revision strategies, summary writing, and writing process Writing Strategies Level 1 Section 1 Time: 8:45-10:15am Section 2 Time: 10:30-12:00pm Writing Level 2 Focuses on higher-level strategies to assist students with structuring longer form essays. • Single Paragraph Outline (SPO) • Revision strategies, summary writing, and writing process • Multi Paragraph Outline (MPO) • Writing persuasive and narrative essays • Writing strong thesis statements Writing Strategies Level 2 Section 1 Time: 8:45-10:15am Section 2 Time: 10:30-12:00pm



[ APPLICATION INFORMATION ] APPLICATION PROCESS Applying early is encouraged. The Summer Admissions Review Team will review your application once you complete the application form at grovesacademy.org/summer, submit the $40 application fee, and upload all required documents. The required documentation helps us accurately assess the needs of each student, determine whether our summer program will be a good fit, and validate there are other students of similar profiles to form a class grouping.

We will notify you as soon as the application review is complete. Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of all of the required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until all required documentation has been submitted electronically, without exception. If applying for more than one student, please submit a separate application for each student. We appreciate prompt notification if your student will not attend, as other families may be affected by your decision.


• Complete the on-line application at grovesacademy.org/summer • Submit the $40 non-refundable application fee. (This fee is not applied to the program fee.) • Electronically upload documentation: • Most recent Diagnostic Assessment (psycho-educational assessment) - Must include a narrative report as well as ability and achievement scores. Summary reports are not accepted. -- and/or -Most recent IEP - Summaries and progress reports are not acceptable • A 504 (individualized learning plan) will be accepted but only with a Diagnostic Assessment • *Teacher Feedback Forms

*REQUIRED TEACHER FEEDBACK FORMS Please email your student’s teachers the link provided during the application process. Ask them to complete and submit the form as soon as possible. Once submitted by the teachers the form will automatically be uploaded to Groves Academy. • Entering Grades 2-8 Academic Program requires forms for Reading, Writing, Math and Special Education (if applicable). Depending on how many teachers your student has, there can be from 1 to 4 forms. • Entering Grades 6-8 Writing & Executive Function Program requires forms for English/Writing and Special Education (if applicable). • Entering Grades 9-11 High School Program requires one form for either Reading, Writing, or Math, depending on student enrollment The teacher is required to submit only page 1 of the Teacher Feedback Form.

KEY DATES February 28

Application deadline for Early Bird Discount (This discount applies to completed applications only)

May 8

Application deadline

June 1

Fee payment deadline. (Your spot is not guaranteed until payment has been received. No refunds after this date.)

June 10

Family Welcome Day

June 15

First Day of all programs for students entering grades 2-8

July 3

No Classes

July 20

First day of High School Academic Program



Combine extended care, Academic Program and Enrichment classes for grades 2-8 to attend Groves Summer Programs from 7:30am-5pm.


Extended Care is offered in both the morning and afternoon for grades 2-8.

• AM hours: 7:30am – 9am ($50/week) • PM hours: 3:30pm – 5pm ($50/week)



Please register for courses carefully. Once you have submitted our online application, you will not be able to make adjustments to your course selections.

GRADE 2-8 ACADEMIC PROGRAM DISCOUNTS • Complete applications (all required

documents submitted electronically) received by February 28th will receive a $150 discount.

There is a $40 non-refundable application fee due with application materials. This fee is not applied to program fees.

• Families who are enrolling in 2020 for the

There will be no refunds for illnesses, absences, vacations, or closing due to weather.

• Families with 2 or more children enrolled in

No refund will be given if a student is dismissed because of disciplinary action.

CANCELLATIONS • All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing prior to Monday, June 1, 2020 to summerschool@grovesacademy.org.

• No refunds will be issued after Monday, June 1, 2020.

3rd year will receive a discount of $100 per student

summer programming will receive a discount of $50 per student.

DROP-OFF / PICK-UP PROCEDURE Please visit grovesacademy.org for drop-off/pick-up procedure information and driving directions.


Please email questions to summerschool@grovesacademy.org.

Groves Academy reserves the right to cancel class offerings due to inadequate enrollment, in which case class fees are refundable.


All absences must be reported to Groves by calling 952.920.6377 or emailing summerschool@grovesacademy.org

“ I was so impressed with the communication and insights the teachers provided, and also the care and focus they gave each student. ” - Parent of Summer Program Student




Since 1972, Groves Academy has provided exemplary educational programs and services for individuals with learning disabilities and attention disorders, their families, and educators.

“ We got more feedback in 4 weeks than we have received in 4+ years of school and special ed programs. So thankful!! ” - Parent of Summer Program Student


OUR SCHOOL Groves Academy is Minnesota’s only established school for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders and is accredited through ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States). We enroll 280 students in grades 1-12, with an average class size of eight. We believe students learn best when instruction is direct, sequential, multi-sensory, and addresses individual strengths and challenges. Our teachers and research-based practices help students reach their academic, social, emotional, and creative potential. For more information about our Lower School (grades 1-6), contact Debbie Moran, Director of Admissions, at morand@grovesacademy.org or 952.915.4275. For information about our Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12), contact Teresa Smith, Director of Admissions, at smitht@grovesacademy.org or 952.915.4296.

THE LEARNING CENTER AT GROVES ACADEMY The Learning Center allows children not enrolled in our school access to our transformative education. The Learning Center offers services to children and adults, including comprehensive diagnostic testing, tutoring, and speech and language therapy. All services are adapted to the unique needs of each individual and designed to strengthen confidence and sense of purpose. Additionally, community events are scheduled throughout the year, including a college fair and community education workshops on topics related to learning disabilities and attention disorders. For more information about services, please contact Nancy Segreti, Director of the Learning Center, at learningcenter@grovesacademy.org.

LITERACY PARTNERSHIPS The vision of Groves Academy is to redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time. Literacy Partnerships through Groves Academy enable us to share our evidence-based teaching methods from our school to advance literacy instruction with otherteachers and schools in the community. We work with teachers in partner schools to ensure all students receive literacy instruction based on the science of reading. We believe we have a moral obligation to democratize good literacy instruction for all students in our community and nation. For more information about teacher literacy training or establishing a literacy partnership for your organization, please contact Katharine Campbell, Director of Literacy, at campbellk@grovesacademy.org.





of 2019 Groves Summer Programs families were satisfied with both their summer program experience and their parent/teacher communication; and their student’s progress aligned with their expectations.

SUMMER COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS Workshops are led by Groves Academy staff members who are recognized as some of the nation’s foremost authorities in learning disabilities and attention disorders. We encourage everyone interested to attend and to bring friends and family members. Our summer workshops are free of charge.

2020 SUMMER WORKSHOPS WEEK: Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 2020 Summer Workshops are from 9 am-noon JUNE 23, 2020 The Nature of Anxiety and Better Management Presented by Ethan Schwehr, PhD LP NCSP Groves Academy Licensed Psychologist

June 25, 2020 Executive Functioning: In the Classroom and Beyond Presented by Groves Academy faculty Rachel Erickson and Andy Tolan

June 24, 2020 Overview of Learning Disabilities and Understanding Dyslexia Presented by Ellen Engstrom, Groves Academy Director of Curriculum

TO REGISTER OR LEARN MORE: Please visit grovesacademy.org/events Groves Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. © 2020 Groves Academy. All rights reserved.

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Groves Academy 2020 Summer Programs  

Fun and educational programs to get ahead next year. During the summer, we are pleased to offer students from the community the same tailor...

Groves Academy 2020 Summer Programs  

Fun and educational programs to get ahead next year. During the summer, we are pleased to offer students from the community the same tailor...