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Academic Program

At Hiawatha Academies, we believe in the unlimited potential of all scholars. We seek to create a K-12 school experience for scholars that empowers them with knowledge, character, and leadership skills. Our scholars will utilize these skills to navigate, interrogate, and ultimately transform our community. At Hiawatha Academies, we are committed to making our city and our world a more inclusive, equitable, and just place.

At Hiawatha Academies, we strive to create inclusive learning communities that are rigorous, joyful, and build student agency.  At Hiawatha Academies we believe a great school is one in which:

  1. Students have consistent access to rigorous, high-quality curriculum
  2. Teachers utilize engaging and demanding instructional practices
  3. Authentic literacy practices are embedded in all subject areas
  4. Students are motivated through effective school culture practices
  5. Multi-tiered support systems reach all learners

To learn more about each pillar of our academic strategy, click on the segments below.

Consistent access to relevant, engaging, standards-aligned, grade-level appropriate curriculum and texts in every core class. Hiawatha Academies uses purchased curricular resources in addition to supplemental Hiawatha-developed curriculum in some subject areas.

Hiawatha Academies commits that students will consistently work on grade-level assignments, every day in every classroom. Hiawatha Academies utilizes best-in-class ELA, math, and science curriculum.

Click here to learn more about Hiawatha Academies’ curricular resources.

Cognitively demanding instructional practices that require students to pursue conceptual understanding, develop procedural and skill fluency, acquire academic language, and apply knowledge. Hiawatha utilizes shared core instructional practices in every classroom.

Central to Hiawatha Academies’ academic strategy is professional development, coaching and using data to drive improvement.

  • Each teacher has an instructional coach for weekly personalized coaching.
  • Instructional coaches, school, and network leaders receive monthly leadership training.
  • Two weeks of teacher training at the start of each school year
  • Friday afternoon professional development 3 times per month

Hiawatha Academies commits to building students’ deep authentic literacy through: 

  • Explicit foundational literacy skills 
  • Regular practice with complex text and  academic vocabulary
  • Grounding writing and speaking in textual evidence 
  • Building knowledge through content-rich instruction 
  • College-ready written articulation as the ultimate indicator of student mastery across content areas

Learn more about Hiawatha Academies’ Literacy Program.

Joyful, demanding, and inclusive school culture practices that maximize time and focus on learning and build student leadership, character, and motivation.

Multi-tiered systems of support that ensure profound growth and achievement for all students.

Learn more about Hiawatha Academies Special Education systems and supports:

Child Study Team (CST)
Each school has an on-site Child Study Team (CST) composed of teachers, student support personnel, and school administrators. This team meets regularly to help create academic and behavioral interventions for scholars who need extra support. If you feel your scholar may benefit from the CST process, please contact their advisory teacher.

504 Plans
Scholars with documented medical or mental health disabilities may be eligible for a Section 504 plan. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires schools to provide students with certain program changes that will allow them access to educational opportunities that are similar to their peers. A 504 Plan may provide additional accommodations, modifications, or services for your student. If you would like to meet or have a phone conference to discuss a Section 504 evaluation and whether Section 504 would be a good fit for your student, please contact your school’s office. Read your 504 rights in English and Spanish.

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)
In order to increase the involvement of parents of children with disabilities in district policymaking and decision making, Hiawatha Academies has a Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC). The SEAC annual meeting occurs each spring. Please contact our Network Student Support Services Director, Alex Gallagher, [email protected] if you are interested in serving on the Hiawatha Academies SEAC.

Special Education Evaluation
Hiawatha Academies conducts full and individual evaluations before special education and related services begin. This helps us determine whether a child has a disability that adversely affects their educational performance. We ask parents/guardians for their permission before we evaluate scholars. This permission is for the evaluation only and is not the same as permitting us to provide special education services. Parents have the right to refuse this evaluation and any possible re-evaluations.

If you feel your scholar may need a special education evaluation, visit Special Education

The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs has created an English-Spanish glossary of special education terminology.

Here are some agencies that may help you in understanding your rights and your scholar’s rights under state and federal special education law:

  • Parent rights (procedural safeguards) in English and Spanish
  • ARC MN (Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities): 651-523-0823 or 1-800-582-5256
  • MN Department of Education: 651-582-8689, TTY: 651-582-8201
  • MN Disability Law Center: 612-332-1441, 1-800-292-4150, TTY: 612-332-4668
  • PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights): 952-838-9000, 1-800-53-PACER, TTY: 952-838-0190