An award-winning charter school network

Our unique approach to creating academic success for scholars, many who have been historically disenfranchised/marginalized, has not gone unnoticed. Hiawatha Academies has garnered awards exemplifying the work we are doing in closing the opportunity gap, and creating a new vision for the future of education in Minneapolis. Our scholars and staff are award winners, too!


Network and school awards

  • MN Department of Education | High-Quality School – 2014, 2015, 2016
    The Minnesota Department of Education names charter schools as high-quality based on scholars’ academic proficiency and growth on standardized tests, the financial health of the organization and operational excellence.
  • Star Tribune “Beating the Odds” list:
    Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park |  
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
    Hiawatha College Prep  |  2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016
    Awarded to Minnesota schools whose performance in Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests is “beating the odds” by “scoring some of the highest test scores in the state when student poverty is factored into the equation.”
  • Teach for America Schools To Learn From | Core Value Diversity:
    Hiawatha College Prep |  2014-2015
    Teach for America Schools to Learn From Awards, “seeks to highlight four schools each year that are delivering an excellent education for students and demonstrating excellence in one of Teach For America’s core values.” Learn more
  • MN Department of Education | Rewards School:
    Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park |
    2013, 2014, 2015
    The Minnesota Department of Education “recognizes top performing schools across the state,” called Reward Schools. Reward Schools score in the top 15 percent on the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR), which is an alternative ranking system for schools. MMR scores take into account test scores on proficiency, student growth and how well students of color are performing compared to white students. Reward Schools, such as Hiawatha Academies score in the 87th to 100th percentile.
  • The Minnesota Business Partnership | Future Award:
    Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park |
     2013
    Award for outstanding student performance and closing the opportunity gap.

Scholar and staff awards

  • Minneapolis Park League Soccer
    Under 15 Girls 2014 Champions, Under 13 Girls 2013 Champions,
    Under 13 Boys 2013 Runner Up, Under 15 Boys, Under 13 Boys, and Under 14 Boys 2014 Runner Up
  • Lenovo Tablet Grant
  • Rotary Club Sponsored Essay Contest
  • Space Camp Scholarships
    Fish and Richardson Law Firm awarded scholarships to three Hiawatha College Prep scholars – Jordan Ceballos-Gonzalez, Angel Gomez, and Nancy Hurtado Ramon – to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, in summer 2015. Learn More
  • College Band Directors National Association Grant 2015
    Elizabeth Winslow, Band Director
    Directed to women and people of diverse ethnicity seeking an opportunity for professional development, this initiative affords award recipients tuition-free participation at select summer conducting workshops sponsored by participating institutions