Our Mission

All scholars at Hiawatha Academies will be empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

Our School Values: We Have H.E.A.R.T.

Each school within the Hiawatha Academies has adopted its own set of character values by which all scholars, leaders, and parents pledge to live at all times. HLA-Morris Park promotes H.EA.R.T. ValuesHonor, Excellence, Always Try Again, Responsibility, and Team. By learning the H.E.A.R.T. values at an early age, our scholars will be prepared to go to and through college and to be citizens that serve the common good.


Honor is the ability to recognize the goodness in each individual and to respect oneself and others. At Morris Park, students will learn to honor each other, the school, their families, their community, and themselves.


Scholars, teachers and staff will strive for excellence in both academics and character. Scholars will be expected to develop the critical thinking skills, desire, discipline, and attention to detail to do their best work.

Always Try Again

Scholars will embody determination and relentless pursuit. Each day, students will set goals they will strive to meet. Classroom teams will spend time at their afternoon meetings celebrating successes and making an action plan for the next day.


Service and taking ownership for making positive change every single day is at the core of our mission. Scholars will take responsibility for their own learning, their actions, and for helping teammates to ensure that everyone learns and succeeds.


We are a community working together to ensure all our students have access to a quality education. As teammates, scholars are expected to help each other through difficult times, support one another, and help everyone maximize their learning potential.

Our Network Values

In addition to exemplifying the H.E.A.R.T. values here at HLA – Morris Park, Hiawatha Academies faculty and staff at all schools abide by the following core values:

Children are at the center of everything we do.

We believe in investing fully in our scholars and their success throughout life. This is why we place them at the center of everything we do.

Our mission requires bold thought and action.

Hiawatha Academies recognizes that in order to empower young scholars to be tomorrow’s leaders, we must think innovatively and act boldly.

We choose optimism.

Hiawatha Academies students, scholars and parents choose optimism daily, with the belief that we can do anything we set our minds to.

We push ourselves to improve.

Scholars and teachers of Hiawatha Academies embody determination and relentless pursuit in the face of the economic, social, and political obstacles today’s scholars face.

We are stronger together.

We are a community working together to ensure all our students have access to a quality education. Scholars and staff members are encouraged to make decisions that will benefit the entire team.

We create fun and a little weirdness.

Hiawatha Academies believes that even in rigorous scholarship, there should be room for fun… and a little weirdness. We create an environment that allows our scholars to be themselves, quirks and all, and in which our teachers can create and have fun.