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About Us

Growing Learners. Growing Leaders.


Morris Park Owls (1)

Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park (HLA-Morris Park or HLA-MP) is part of Hiawatha Academies‘ network of high performing college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis.  Hiawatha Academies was founded by civic leaders, parents, educators and business people who want our scholars to receive an education that demands their best in behavior, attitude, and effort, and that challenges them to achieve to their highest potential.

HLA-Morris Park was the first to open of the two elementary schools in the network, and serves Kindergarteners 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.


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

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