At Hiawatha Collegiate High School (HCHS), students engage in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that includes an intentional mix of traditional, project-based, technology-based, and discussion-based learning to give students a taste of various learning modalities. Rather than subscribe to one particular philosophy of learning, HCHS teachers and leaders support students in learning how to be learners, thereby setting students up for success when they head off to college.

Core Subjects

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Literature

Enrichment Classes/Activities

All HCHS scholars are required to earn at least 4 enrichment credits from taking special classes, or participating in clubs/sports joined outside of the regular schedule. Classes and Activities include:

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Student Council
  • Dance Team
  • Track and Field
  • Night School
  • Book Club
  • Choir

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


During the June (“J”) term, HCHS scholars have an opportunity to take interdisciplinary and applied-learning courses of their choice. These may take place off campus or as independent study projects.

Community Service

We partner with local organizations to provide enriching experiences outside of the classroom. On a regular basis, HCHS students and staff will travel to community service sites near our school to interact and work with and for others. 

College Exploration

We are committed to seeing our scholars attend and graduate from college, which is why College Exploration is part of our curriculum and a graduation requirement. HCHS will regularly provide opportunities for students (and sometimes families) to travel to colleges or universities in the area and also further away.  

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school. There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Learn more.