Talk with your child: Think about your family’s needs, and your child’s interests and strengths. Make a list of the elements that are most important to you in a school. Research local public, private and charter schools to find out whether they charge tuition, what sort of services they offer, and what their enrollment policies […]

Talk to an elementary-age scholar at Hiawatha Academies for a few minutes, and she will likely ask you where you went to college. At Hiawatha, the journey through college begins on the first day of kindergarten. Making college an expectation and a reality for scholars is woven into our everyday curriculum. Elementary scholars visit with college representatives […]

Written by Charise Powell, teacher at HLA – Northrop. I was recently at a conference and the keynote speaker was talking about various kinds of trauma-based issues; post-traumatic slave syndrome, historical loss syndrome, PTSD among urban youth, etc. I hung to every word he was saying and in the middle of this rush of information, […]


With winter break fast approaching, many parents ask what they can do to ensure their scholar keeps learning while they’re not in school. You might be surprised at the low-cost activities you can do at home and in the community to keep your scholar engaged: Read with your scholar every day. Even scholars who are […]

In times like these we can look to each other for guidance on how to discuss this topic with scholars and our family and friends. What follows is a blog post from Ryan Williams-Virden, human geography teacher from HCHS: I stood in front of twenty or so freshmen with a heavy heart. It was Monday […]

When Kelly Setala saw her first-grade class roster in August, she already knew every single name. Her work as a kindergarten English Language Development (ELD) teacher at HLA – Northrop meant that she was able to kick off the school year with already-established relationships with almost all of her scholars, which is something that is […]

As cool weather starts to settle in, you can be sure that the first month of school has wrapped up and fall is just around the corner. By now you, your scholar, and his or her teacher should all have a better sense of your scholar’s struggles and strengths. There is a great opportunity to […]

Fernando Rodriguez is a Ph.D student in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and he teaches for the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. He was one of two students who led keynote addresses during a Hiawatha Academies professional development event on October 14. Fernando has a lot in common […]

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Hiawatha Academies has proven once again that it is possible for all scholars to achieve regardless of race, zip code or socioeconomic status. The Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) released this month are how the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) assesses schools as part of Minnesota’s waiver for No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Hiawatha Leadership Academy […]