Open Enrollment

Every Step Of The Way

Hiawatha Academies is a network of high-performing college-preparatory free public charter schools in Minneapolis' Seward and Northrop neighborhoods. With over 1500 students from Kindergarten to grade 12 in our schools, we create a K-12 experience that empowers students from all over the greater Twin Cities area with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills they need to graduate from college. 

Our students attend one of our three schools: elementary school (grades K-4), middle school (grades 5-8), or  (grades 9-12).

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Elementary School (K-4) Middle School (5-8) High School (9-12)


We strive to create a great school for every child where:

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  • Students have consistent access to rigorous, high-quality curriculum
  • Teachers utilize engaging and demanding instructional practices
  • Authentic literacy practices are embedded in all subject areas
  • Students are motivated through effective school culture practices
  • Multi-tiered support systems reach all learners
  • Parents are partners in their child’s education
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Students have access to:

  • A free public charter school education to all students K-12
  • Uniforms to create a sense of unity
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Free transportation for grades K - 10
  • College exploration opportunities
  • Athletics and student clubs



Family Engagement at Hiawatha schools.

Families are our most significant partners. We constantly provide opportunities for families to connect with us with great programming.

Visit our family engagement webpage to learn about all the amazing opportunities to become part of Hiawatha programming for parents and guardians.

Ready To Enroll Today?

Enrollment is open for K-12 for the 2024-25 school year. Click on the button above to make an account and submit your application today.


You must create an account to submit your application and track progress.


Visit the Enrollment Process and Policy page to learn more about enrolling at Hiawatha.


Are you in the Transportation Zone for our free bus service?

We provide free bus service to students in grades K - 10. Hiawatha is constantly looking to expand its transportation zone so we can serve more families in the greater Minneapolis area.

Deadlines/Important Dates

The open enrollment deadline for applications is February 16th. If we have more applications than available seats, you will be placed on a waitlist. Applications will continue to be accepted, and families placed on the waitlist. Waitlisted applicants will be contacted as seats become available.

Check out the full list of important dates here.

Early Kindergarten Admissions Process:
What if my child is under 5 years old?

Visit the Enrollment Process and Policy page to learn more about early kindergarten process and see if your child qualifies.

Meet The Team

At Hiawatha Academies, we work with families to make our schools better for your child. Our mission is to empower scholars with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

Hiawatha Academies Recruitment and Admissions Director Recruitment and Admissions Director
Hello. My name is Kabir, and I am the Recruitment and Admissions Director at Hiawatha Academies. Families are our greatest partners, and we are here to help you learn about our schools and complete the application process. I look forward to hearing from you!
Recruitment team Community and Family Recruitment Coordinator
I’m Mustafa, nice to meet you. I am a recruiter for Hiawatha Academies and work closely with our African and black families to create a smooth process for you to apply to our award-winning schools! Looking forward to meeting you!
Recruitment team Community and Family Recruitment Coordinator
I am Karina, I am excited to support you in pursuing a high-quality education for your children. As a Mexican immigrant, I understand the challenges many of our families face in navigating a new education system. I look forward to welcoming you to our community of K-12 schools.