Growing Learners. Growing Leaders.
In less than a decade, Hiawatha Academies has grown from 140 kindergarten and first grade scholars learning in spare classrooms in a South Minneapolis building to a nationally-recognized four-school network offering a rigorous, character-building education to over 1,000 scholars.
We’re now growing to give more children a top-quality education – and the lifelong individual and community rewards that come with it – and to help other schools adopt our successful approach. We’re ensuring that low-income students of color in Minneapolis have a high-quality educational pathway from kindergarten to college.
In 2018, we will open our fifth school, a second Hiawatha Academies middle school. Our goal is that by 2024, more than 2,000 scholars – 5 percent of all Minneapolis school children – will attend a Hiawatha Academies school.
Hiawatha Academies partners with our scholars and families to deliver a curriculum that engages the whole body and mind as we nourish the academic, character, and leadership skills that will take scholars to and through college. We take learning beyond the classroom through language, arts, and athletic programs. We believe that the visual arts, music, theater, and participation in team and individual sports are vital for the development of character, and are a rich supplement to academic learning.
All children deserve a great education that propels them toward their dreams. We cannot afford to fail them. Together, we can—and we must—do better for our children.
We are seeking single- and multi-year philanthropic commitments to ensure we can meet our growth trajectory to serve over 2,000 students in Minneapolis on their paths to and through college.