Hiawatha Academies Unification Plan
At Hiawatha Academies, our mission is to empower all scholars with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good. We strive to permanently disrupt educational inequity by ensuring a great school for every child.
On January 13, 2021, Hiawatha Academies’ Board of Directors voted “yes” on a recommendation to unify our K-8 program at the Northrop campus. This means the Morris Park campus will close next school year, and the Kingfield campus will close in the 2023-24 school year.
By 2023-24, Hiawatha Academies will be one K-8 school located at the Northrop campus, and one 9-12 school, Hiawatha Collegiate High School.
Hiawatha students, families and staff are critical partners in achieving our mission. Every scholar currently enrolled at Hiawatha Academies will have a seat in our network. Leaders are working to ensure staff affected by this recommendation remain a part of our unified campus community and stay within the Hiawatha network.
This difficult but necessary decision will allow Hiawatha Academies to make targeted investments in our academic program in areas such as early literacy, English language development, language access supports in English, Spanish, and Somali, social work and student enrichment.
Across schools in the city of Minneapolis, there are thousands of unfilled student seats. Hiawatha has fallen short of the enrollment projections necessary to fill our current buildings. Despite our attempts to recruit more kindergarten students, our elementary enrollment does not match the capacity of our buildings. This has a financial impact every year as those students move up in grade levels. The money we currently spend to run our program across five different buildings can be better utilized on improving our academic program and student supports at fewer campuses.
This page will be updated throughout the spring to include additional resources and opportunities for students, families and staff to co-create the culture and practices necessary for a unified community.