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
- Greater Twin Cities
United Way Spotlight School Award −Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park | 2015
Ten Twin Cities schools were awarded $100,000 grants from the United Way and Target. Spotlight Schools’ teachers secured technology – from Smartboards to iPads – necessary to help students be on an even academic field by creating enriched classroom experiences in which students can excel and thrive.
United Way Spotlight School Award
- Human Rights Campaign’s
Welcoming Seal of Excellence −Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park | 2014
Ten schools and two school districts were recognized for demonstrating high standards of implementation of Welcoming Schools in the areas of Leadership Development, Professional Development, Family Engagement, and Classroom Strategies. The Welcoming Schools approach is LGBT-inclusive, and creates school climates that welcome all family structures and all students.
Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Seal of Excellence
- Minnesota Business Partnership
Minnesota’s Future Award −Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park | 2013
Award for outstanding student performance and closing the opportunity gap.
Minnesota’s Future Award
- MN Department of Education
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.
- MN Department of Education
Reward 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.
- Star Tribune “Beating the Odds” List: − Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park | 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop | 2017
Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield | 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.”
- Lenovo Tablet Grant
Award Recipient −Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park
- 2015 | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield
College Band Directors National Association Grant −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.
- 2016 | Hiawatha College Prep-
Kingfield | Semifinalist Teacher of the Year −Whitney McKinley, Visual Arts Teacher
- 2017 | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield | Minnesota Lynx
Inaugural Women’s Spotlight Celebration −Whitney McKinley, HCP-K Assistant Principal
On April 27, 2017, the Minnesota Lynx, alongside with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman celebrated the achievements of women in Minnesota and honored the bold actions of individuals and organizations within the community as leaders of change for accelerating gender equality.
Scholar sports awards
- Minneapolis Park League Soccer − 2013 | Champions | Under 13 | Girls
2013 | Runners Up | Under 13 | Boys
2014 | Champions | Under 15 | Girls
2014 | Runners Up | Under 13, 14, and 15 | Boys
2017-Fall | 3rd Place, Conference Tournament | Boys varsity soccer
2017-Fall | TCAC Divisional Winners, Conference Tournament | Girls
- Robotics award −
2018 | Hiawatha Collegiate High School | Recognition as the highest seeded rookie team in the Minneapolis Northstar FIRST Regional Competition | #7258 RoboLobos
Scholar academic awards
- Rotary Club Sponsored Essay Contest −
- 2015 | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield | Space Camp Scholarships − Fish and Richardson Law Firm awarded scholarships to three Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield scholars; Angel Gomez, Jordan Ceballos-Gonzalez, and Nancy Hurtado Ramon to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. All three will fly to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, located adjacent to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Angel, Jordan and Nancy will receive full tuition, round-trip airfare, and accommodations – and will spend six days at Space Camp experiencing simulated space shuttle missions, participating in programs on space exploration, and learning about mission control.
- 2017 | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield | National Summer Transportation Institute, University of Minnesota − Two HCP-K scholars were selected to participate in the 2017 NSTI two-week summer program from July 17th-28th at the Center for Transportation Studies on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Kelly Lozano Analco, 7th grade and Leonardo Ramos Mata, 8th grade, will learn about science, engineering and transportation in an interactive, hands-on environment.
- 2017 | Hiawatha Collegiate High School Summer Scholars Program − Ten sophomore HCHS scholars were selected to participate in the first HCHS Summer Scholars Program. Students will be on campus from 1-3 weeks and traveling to Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Vermont as well as to universities in Minnesota:
Celeste Puerto Velazquez | Wagner College, Staten Island, New York | Pre-Med 7/10-28
Heidi Sanchez Avila | Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota | Young Writers Workshop 6/19-23 | St. Thomas University, 3sixty Journalism Camp 7/10-28
Itzel Galicia | University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont | Pre-Med 7/9-21
Jon Morel | University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland | Terp Young Scholars Math/Science 7/9-28
Magda Abdi | Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts | Boston Experience Journalism Institute 6/26-7/7
Michelle Loya Lopez | University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland | Terp Young Scholars Math/Science 7/9-28
Sauly Gonzalez | University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland | Terp Young Scholars Math/Science 7/9-28
Stephanie Velazquez Torres | St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota | First Step Career Exploration 7/19-22 | St. John’s University | Minnesota Business Venture 7/23-28
Ulysses Duval Zuniga | Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina | July Experience History 7/2-22
Yoel Flores Espinoza | University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland | Terp Young Scholars Math/Science 7/9-28
- 2018 | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield | Space Camp Scholarships − Fish and Richardson Law Firm awarded scholarships to three Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield scholars; Daniel Carrera, Ishmale Parra Olivera and Jiovanni Flores Gonzalez to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. All three will fly to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, located adjacent to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Daniel, Ishmale and Jiovanne will receive full tuition, round-trip airfare, and accommodations – and will spend six days at Space Camp experiencing simulated space shuttle missions, participating in programs on space exploration, and learning about mission control from July 8-13, 2018.
- 2018 | Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield | National SummerTransportation Institute, University of Minnesota − Three HCP-K scholars were selected to participate in the 2018 NSTI two-week summer program from July 23rd – August 3rd at the Center for Transportation Studies on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Daniel Carrera, 7th grade; Jason Urgilies, 6th grade, and Maribel Cunin Huerta, 8th grade, will learn about science, engineering and transportation in an interactive, hands-on environment.
- 2018 | Hiawatha Collegiate High School | Country Financial Money Smart Teen Essay Contest − Zuri Lopez-Alfonso, a junior at HCHS, was named one of two runners-up in the Country Financial Money Smart Teen Essay Contest and the recipient of a $1000 scholarship. Her essay, “Get Financially Fit Before the Storm Hits,” focused on how families could prepare financially for natural disasters.
- 2018 | Hiawatha Collegiate High School | PERU Service Learning − Ten HCHS scholars will travel to Chirapa, Peru for two weeks from July 11th-23rd, to work closely with the Mestizo community on individual farming plots and small coffee and cacao cooperatives. This opportunity will allow students to unite with a community outside of their culture and gain a transforming global experience:
Alejandro Hernández 11th grade
Ana Garcia Balmaceda 10th grade
Betsy Delgado 11th grade
Isidro Zuniga 11th grade
Juan Rios de la Rosa 11th grade
Leidi Hernandez 11th grade
Mara Perez 11th grade
Martin Rios de la Rosa 10th grade
Rosaissela Rosas Chavez 11th grade
Stephanie Contreras Galvan 10th grade
Chaperones Estrella Almaguer and Amy Carlson
- 2018 | Hiawatha Collegiate High School Summer Scholars Program − Twelve HCHS scholars were selected to participate in the second HCHS Summer Scholars Program. This experience will require students to take rigorous college courses in the fields of forensics, marine biology, sociology, STEM research, and Islamic studies. Students will be on campus from 2-6 weeks and will be attending prestigious programs such as Brown, Cornell, Tufts, Mercer, UCLA and Wagner:
Alex Urzua-Cordova | University of Colorado, Bolder, Colorado | STEM Research | 3 weeks
Bianey Barrera Velazquez | University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida | Forensics | 3 weeks
Blanca Puerto Velazquez | University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida | Marine Biology | 3 weeks
Deasy Ramirez | University of Michigan & UCLA Combo | Ann Arbor, Michigan & Los Angeles, California | Forensics | 5 weeks
Diego Portilla Palacios | University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) | Business | 3 weeks
Gabriela Maldonado Lopez | Stanford University, Palo Alto, California | 8 weeks
Irak Saenz Rodriguez | Film North | St. Paul, MN | 1 week
Jahiro Coraizaca Naula | Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island | Science of Running
Jesse Silva-Chavero | Wagner College, Staten Island, New York | Pre-Med
Odalis Banos Vargas | Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts | Intro to Sociology & World of Islam
Salomon Leon Cruz | Cornell University, Ithaca, New York | Cornell Research, Law & Government
Sarah Hodge | Mercer University, Macon, Georgia | Great Books
- 2018 | WAM Teen Architecture Program − Leo Ramos Mata, a freshman at HCHS, received a scholarship to attend the Weisman Art Museum’s Teen Architecture Program from July 31st – August 4th. Leo will work with professional architects, engineers, and designers from the University of Minnesota at the Weisman Art Museum. Posed as an architectural project, participants will explore, design, and build creative solutions in a professional setting.