“What a dream come true. We’re so proud to welcome the Hiawatha Collegiate High School Class of 2019 – the college class of 2023!”

Colette Owens, Executive Director, Hiawatha Academies

Middle School

About Us

Growing Learners. Growing Leaders.


Collegiate HS


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Hiawatha Collegiate High School (HCHS) is one of Hiawatha Academies‘ network of high performing college-preparatory schools focused on closing the achievement 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.

HCHS opened its doors in Fall 2015, and is the first high school in our network, serving grades 9-12. In Spring 2015, 100 scholars graduated from our Hiawatha College Prep middle school to begin their high school careers with us; the graduating class of 2019.

HCHS offers each scholar a personalized high school experience that recognizes and builds on their unique talents and interests and prepares them with the knowledge and habits to thrive in college. All scholars will enjoy a well-rounded program rooted in rigorous academics, comprehensive college support, and meaningful extracurricular activities. We’re committed to ensuring that 100% of our scholars graduate from high school, proving that closing the achievement gap in Minneapolis is possible.

Visit our school website to learn about our academic results, curriculum, teaching staff, and more.

Leadership Team: Nicole Cooley, Principal  |  Nadia Nibbs, Dean of Instruction  |  Ellen Vanden Branden, Dean of Instruction  |  Caleea Kidder, Dean of Students  |  Ryan Williams Virden, Dean of Students  |  Raquel McLaughlin, Director of Operations


Grades: 9-12 (Enroll today)

Student hours: M-Th: 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
F: 8:15 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Office hours: M-Th: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment: Currently we are home to more than 475 scholars in grades 9-12. By the 2025-26 school year, at full enrollment, HCHS will support 788, 9th – 12th grade scholars.

Current address: 3500 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

New location as of August 2018: 3500 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406 Click here to see more.

Phone: 612-547-9056

Curriculum: Scholars take a full schedule of classes anchored by core classes in math, science, social studies, literature, and english, along with electives: Spanish, Art, College Seminars, Physical Education, among others.

Honors and AP: Honors and AP classes are offered the beginning of sophomore year.

Special focus: Scholars at Hiawatha Collegiate High School will begin exploring and experiencing college as soon as they are welcomed onto our campus. Our program offerings include; early college seminar, college exploration, summer scholars program, senior college seminar and alumni counselors.

Values: Curiosity, Grit, Optimism, and Gratitude

Mascot: Our WOLF mascot reflects the social intelligence, loyalty and personal power each scholar strives for while building future leadership skills.

Uniforms: We wear uniforms to unite us as a community, present an equitable learning environment, and reduce distractions. The HCHS uniforms consist of khaki or black slacks and a light green or grey HCHS branded polo shirt.