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Hiawatha Leadership Academy

Charter | K-4 | 368 students

Our school is best known for closing the achievement gap.

 

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5 stars

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2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted December 2, 2013

I have great respect for all of the teachers and leaders who work at this school. They walk the talk and make it all about the kids success. Teachers believe in making learning fun. Parents are incredibly involved and amazing to work with. They love the school and love that their children are being prepared for college.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2011

Executive leadership is ruthless about student achievement. It's all about the results at Hiawatha. It's a TFA mecca if you like that sort of thing. I lost my job because I didn't want to work the long hours. The principal runs the place like a business. I can't complain though. School is getting the results and the kids are very happy here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 13, 2011

Fantastic school to work for. The school's leadership has a compelling vision. I feel like a true professional here. From great professional development to the generous performance pay, I'm proud to be a part of Hiawatha. This is not a place to expect a paycheck or be entitled. It's all about the kids here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 24, 2011

School's leadership is the best I've ever worked for. This place is really about the kids and the school's principal Mr. Shannon is relentless about making sure the right staff stay and is quick to get rid of the staff that need to go!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2011

Fantastic Teachers and School Leader. Discipline i strict but my child is learning a ton and loves his school. Keep us focused on the path to college Hiawatha!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Hiawatha is the most promising school in all of Minneapolis. Excellent school leadership that will not accept mediocrity or tolerate academic failure. The staff works extremely hard and getting the job done


Posted April 15, 2010

I've taught in many poorly run schools. This school is amazing! Strict discipline, high expectations and a principal and staff that is passionate about the achievement gap! Hoot Hoot. HLA!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 26, 2010

days too long - children up and gone for 12 hours. school starts 745 ends 415. pick up starts 6am kids home latest 6pm most of time buses run late. children come home exhausted woren out from long day. school is ran military style. less than 15% of the student body is english speaking. its a school for parents who have more imporant things to tend to other than their children or parents who just don't want their kids at home or need someone else to discipline their child.


Posted October 7, 2009

Best elementary school in Minneapolis. My son has done wonders here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Fabulous Academy. Hard working staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

What a great school. My daughter loves it here. Teachers are strict, but she has learned a lot. Office staff is really helpful. Best kept secret in Minneapolis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I am really pleased with my son's teacher. The Principal Mr. Shannon is great. Strong discipline and teaches the kids about values.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

47 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students61%
Female69%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students57%
Female75%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Hispanic53%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female83%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant73%

Reading

All Students34%
Female45%
Male22%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities35%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant34%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female66%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners56%
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant58%

Reading

All Students40%
Female44%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Economically non-disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant40%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 72% 7%
Black 14% 9%
White 10% 74%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Asian 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Robin Fischer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (612) 825-4777

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
111
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
200
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3810 East 56th St
Minneapolis, MN 55417
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Phone: (612) 987-5688

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