About Us » Who We Are

Who We Are

“I can’t think of a more exciting and innovative school serving low income students in Minneapolis. Truly the best I’ve seen to date.”

Hiawatha Academies Supporter

Growing Learners. Growing Leaders.

Hiawatha Academies is a network of high performing college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis.  Our college preparatory educational program is based on true inquiry, intellect, and character.

By nurturing scholars’ character and leadership qualities, in addition to realizing their academic potential, Hiawatha Academies is developing young adults with rich lives, as contributing members of our society.

Our approach

We hold ourselves accountable for the academic success of every student and don’t rest until we achieve it.  We do this by having only highly effective teachers in our classrooms; using proven practices and continually improving our skills; empowering students and nurturing positive character values; and working as a team – with one another and with parents – on behalf of each child. Learn More

Our schools

We’ve grown over time from a single K-4 school to a network of elementary schools, middle schools, and a high school. The high-quality educational pathway we’ve created from Kindergarten to college will serve 2,288 children in South Minneapolis – that’s 6.2% of all Minneapolis students.
Learn more about our different school options below.

Our Impact

  • Nationally recognized gap-closing model
  • Ranked #1 for closing the opportunity gap in Minnesota (2012)
  • Our scholars are three times more likely than their peers in area district schools to be performing at grade level