Morris Park Classroom

Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park was the first to open of the two elementary schools in the network, and serves Kindergartners through fourth grade scholars.  Since opening in 2007 HLA-Morris Park has been recognized for its strong academic results.

Teachers, families, and scholars enjoy close relationships and working together for their children’s success.  The instruction is rigorous and interactive – you might catch our scholars in a “writers’ workshop” or engaged in complex math problems – and the atmosphere is warm and fun.  Upon entering this historic and sunlit building, you are greeted by a friendly staff and a welcoming environment that reflects the energy, passion and intelligence of all our scholars.

Visit our school website to learn about our academic results, curriculum, teaching staff, and more.

Leadership Team:  Catherine Chu-Lapiska, Principal  |  Alex Trevino, Assistant Principal  |  Linde Grubb, Director of Operations


Grades:  K-4

Enrollment:  390

Academic Highlights & Awards:
• Star Tribune “Beating the Odds” list: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
• United Way/Target: Spotlight Initiative School
• Minnesota Department of Education: Reward School
• The Minnesota Business Partnership: Granted the school the Minnesota’s Future Award for outstanding student performance and closing the opportunity gap.

Curriculum:  College preparatory with an emphasis on balanced literacy, project-based learning and specialties like art and music

Values:  H.E.A.R.T.: Honor, Excellence, Always Try Again, Responsibility, Team

Mascot: Owl, to reflect our desire to develop intellect, character, and wisdom in our youngest of learners, that will lead them to full, rich lives in adulthood

Uniforms:  Khaki bottoms and yellow or green uniform shirts – we wear uniforms to unite us as a community, present an equitable learning environment, and reduce distractions

Address:  3810 E. 56th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (map)

Phone:  612-987-5688