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