HLA – Morris Park offers a well-rounded, college preparatory curriculum. We offer our scholars an accelerated pace of learning to ensure they’re on track academically. Every day for scholars also includes time in specialty classes like art, movement, and music.

Academic Focus: Close Reading

While HLA – Morris Park offers a well-rounded curriculum, this year our whole school will have a special emphasis on Close Reading. Close reading involves reading and re-reading passages of text to increase comprehension. We ask and answer probing questions to understand the author’s meaning and the purpose of the text and analyze how the words and structure help the author achieve the purpose.

Close reading is an essential skill for college readiness. It also opens whole worlds to us by becoming strong, lifelong readers. As a result, it’s part of the Common Core standards that all students must master to be at grade level. HLA – Morris Park is committed to ensuring all our scholars meet this standard, while discovering more books, words, and worlds together!

Core Subjects

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Reading

Special Classes

All scholars attend two of the following special classes each day:

  • Spanish
  • Movement
  • Phy Ed
  • Music
  • Art
  • Technology

Saturday Academy

Each year, select third- and fourth-grade scholars are invited to participate in this special program. Over six spring Saturday mornings, scholars receive help in reading and math. Read about the first Saturday Academy on our blog.

We value experiential learning and offer opportunities throughout the year for independent study and exploring our world.


All scholars participate in J-Term during the school year, which is a week-long, project based learning program.

Field Trips

We partner with local organizations to provide enriching experiences outside of the classroom. Past field trips have included:

  • Nokomis Library
  • Oliver Kelley Farm
  • Como Zoo
  • Mill City Museum
  • Orchestra Hall
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Minnesota Historical Center
  • University of Minnesota
  • Fort Snelling
  • Wilderness Inquiry Environmental Studies
  • and more!