Maternity of Mary – St. Andrew School to participate in literacy partnership with Groves Academy


Maternity of Mary - St. Andrew School student Morgan Nguyen hard at work. (Photo submitted)

Maternity of Mary – St. Andrew School has been selected by Catholic Schools Center of Excelence (CSCOE) as one of 18 Catholic elementary schools to participate in a literacy partnership with Groves Academy.

CSCOE helps Catholic elementary schools enhance educational excellence and increase their enrollments, and Groves Academy advocates for evidence-based literacy instruction for all students in the state of Minnesota.

“We are excited to be one of the 18 schools selected to pilot this unique partnership between CSCOE and Groves Academy and we thank CSCOE for their generous support to make this happen,” said Maternity of Mary – St. Andrew School Principal Maggie Quast.

The Groves Literacy Framework™ is a comprehensive, three-year program for reading and spelling instruction designed to prevent reading problems using evidence-based practices supported by scientific research. Weekly classroom coaching, monthly team meetings and other teacher supports are key to the Framework’s success.

“Our goal is to have each and every child in our Catholic elelmentary schools be fluent readers and spellers by the end of third grade. The Framework not only helps the typical student excel, it can identify students who struggle and provide them with the support they need to be successful,” said CSCOE president Gail Dorn. “We believe that the Groves approach is the best and most successful in the country and we want to partner with the very best!”

The remaining 17 schools in the partnership will be brought on in year two and three. Criteria for selection included: school size, location, student demographics, leadership capacity and 100 percent teacher buy-in.

About Maternity of Mary – St. Andrew School

Maternity of Mary – St. Andrew School in St. Paul serves students in grades Pre-K – 8. “We celebrate and pride ourselves on 65 years of educating students in the beautiful and historic Como Park neighborhood,” said Quast. “Our mission: In answering the call of Jesus Christ, Maternity of Mary - St. Andrew Catholic School is dedicated to providing a Catholic education that develops the unique God-given gifts of each student. In partnership with engaged families and a supportive parish community, the school provides an environment that inspires and upholds academic excellence, spiritual growth, service, and social responsibility.”

CSCOEis a nonprofit organization with a two-part mission: to help Catholic elementary schools enhance excellence and to increase student enrollment.


Groves Academy is a nonprofit organization that serves students with dyslexia, ADHD and similar learning disabilities through their school and learning center. Groves also partners with schools in the community to share the Groves Literacy Framework™, their evidence-based approach to literacy instruction.

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