Over the last five years, our network has grown from a few classrooms to five amazing schools. Our schools, staff, and scholars have grown in number and in their ability to achieve great things.

Our task now is to make sure our roots are strong and our reach is wide so that we can continue to ensure that all children in Minneapolis have access to the quality schools they deserve. We call this effort Reimagine Possible.

Reimagine Possible is our commitment to excellence. By 2020, Hiawatha Academies will be among the best school systems in the country in preparing scholars for college graduation and a lifetime of success.

Reimagine Possible is rooted in our mission, vision, equity vision and core values, which are foundational to everything we do at Hiawatha Academies and will continue to guide the core of our work for years to come. The four pillars of Reimagine Possible are Excellence, Community, Scale and Partnerships:

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Reimagine Possible Summary:



  • Elevate rigor, relevance, and well-rounded programming as foundational strategies to prepare scholars for success through college and in life.
  • Achieve excellence in talent hiring, development and sustainability.
  • Engage families as active partners in preparing scholars for success.


  • Promise pathways to and through college for all children, including those most affected by the opportunity gap: communities of color and low-income communities.
  • Continue to ensure our community has access to high-quality school options in south Minneapolis.
  • Strive for more racial diversity in our scholar community.


  • Establish Hiawatha Academies as a nationally-recognized, replicable, five-school network (2 elementary, 2 middle, 1 high school).
  • Open Hiawatha College Prep – Northrop (middle school) and a new Hiawatha Collegiate High School facility in 2018-19.
  • Double our enrollment to more than 2,288 scholars by fall 2025.


  • Ensure a great school for every child by partnering with traditional public school districts, public charter schools and private schools.
  • Prioritize policy efforts around teacher licensure and early learning (pre-K).
  • Engage families as active partners in disrupting systemic educational inequity.