Press Release MINNEAPOLIS – Hiawatha Academies’ Board of Directors is proud to announce Colette Owens, an accomplished educational leader from St. Louis, as its new executive director. Ms. Owens, a 15-year educator and administrator, will succeed Eli Kramer, who will step down from the position next month. “We are excited to welcome Ms. Owens to […]

MINNEAPOLIS – On April 26, Hiawatha Academies invites families to learn more about its new middle school, Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop (HCP-N). The new middle school campus, which is set to open in the fall of 2018, will welcome 90 fifty grade scholars next school year, and will grow to a full capacity of 360 scholars in grades fifth through eighth over the […]

Whether to attend a meeting or while giving a tour to a potential partner for our schools, one thing I always take pride in highlighting is the work of our para-professionals. They are usually roaming the hallways, busy providing one-on-one services to some of our scholars with very unique needs. Their ability to give each […]

Joyce Preschool will offer a program at HLA-Northrop Minneapolis, MN – (Jan. 22, 2018) – Hiawatha Academies and Joyce Preschool will join forces next fall as Joyce opens a new preschool program at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop. Hiawatha Academies and Joyce Preschool have been exploring the possibility of a partnership for the past two years. This […]

Hiawatha Academies has canceled school Tuesday, Jan. 23rd due to extreme winter weather conditions. This means the following activities and programs are canceled: • Classes and programs in all schools • All after-school and student programs (including extra-curricular activities, athletics, field trips, and school events) • All meetings scheduled at Hiawatha Academies buildings Canceling school […]

Media Contact: Ambar Cristina Hanson Chief External Relations Officer Cell: 612-239-1893 ahanson@hiawathaacademies.org   Hiawatha Academies Executive Director to resign  Search begins for new Executive Director Minneapolis, MN – (Dec. 18, 2017) – Eli Kramer has announced that he will resign from his role as Executive Director of Hiawatha Academies effective June 2018. The search for […]

PRESS RELEASE September 29, 2017 By Ambar Hanson – This Thursday, Hiawatha Academies was awarded $1.87 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education through the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant. Hiawatha Academies was one of 17 high-quality charter schools across the country awarded the CSP grant. This grant was created through the U.S. Department of Education […]

Over the past five years, Hiawatha Academies has embarked on a journey to engage families as partners in the work to close the opportunity gap. This year, the network took further steps into this journey by enhancing its Family Academy to include topic areas differentiated by grade levels, engaging families in equity working groups, and […]

Oct 9, 2017, 2:02pm CDT Updated: Oct 9, 2017, 2:51pm CDT Hiawatha Academies building high school at Longfellow’s former soda bottling plant Hiawatha Academies, a network of charter schools in South Minneapolis, has begun construction on a new high school at the site of the former Canada Dry and Shasta bottling plant in the Longfellow neighborhood. […]

The news of the past weeks has left many of our families, staff, and community members with mixed emotions as the future of DACA recipients unfolds. During these trying times, we want to reaffirm Hiawatha Academies’ unequivocal commitment to ensuring a safe educational environment for all students. Last year, in response to the hateful rhetoric […]