Hiawatha Leadership Academy–Morris Park


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  | Byran Daly, Interim Principal  | Alex Trevino, Assistant Principal  |  Rachel Wannarka, Dean of Student Support Services  |  Linde Grubb, Director of Operations


Grades: K-4

Student hours: M-Th: 7:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
F: 7:10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Office hours: Same as student hours

Enrollment: 390

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

Phone: 612-987-5688

Academic Highlights & Awards:
• Star Tribune “Beating the Odds” list: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
• 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

Special Focus: Eco-friendliness and sustainability

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

Mascot: Our OWL mascot reflects our desire to develop intellect, character, and wisdom in our youngest of learners, that will lead them to full rich lives into adulthood.

Uniforms: We wear uniforms to unite us as a community, present an equitable learning environment, and reduce distractions. The HLA-Morris Park uniform consists of khaki slacks and a yellow or green HLA-Morris Park branded shirt.