Scholar Family

Academic Focus

While Hiawatha Collegiate High School (HCHS) offers a well-rounded curriculum, we also have a special emphasis on Enrichment, Community Service, and College Exploration. By focusing on these key areas using established benchmarks, we will continue the work of making sure our scholars college ready. To allow scholars to meet these benchmarks, HCHS will:

  • Offer elective courses that allow scholars to deepen their understanding, and interests
  • Provide Community Service trips to local community organizations and non-profits
  • Arrange tours to colleges for scholars (and sometimes families)
  • Provide each scholar with an Academic Advisor to help them plan for their academic success

For a complete overview of HCHS policies and requirements for Enrichment, Community Service, and College Exploration, please see our latest Family Handbook.

 

Extracurricular Activities

HCHS also provides lots of fun activities throughout the year. Don’t miss our exciting In-School and Family Events.

See the Events Calendar for details. Families will also be notified of upcoming events through our student newsletter.

 

Postsecondary Enrollment Options

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, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses.  Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course.  If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course.  Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09.  If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO.  Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year.  For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

HELPFUL TIPS

  1. Read Every Night – Scholars should read for 20 minutes every night as part of their homework. This will help them become great readers and strengthen their skills in other subjects, too.
  2. Attend School Daily – Daily attendance is the most important part of learning. Make sure scholars are in school every day to keep growing academically.
  3. Stay Active & Explore – Active children are more engaged learners. Make sure you get out there and combine physical activity with mental activity: ride your bikes, play with your friends, explore your neighborhood, parks, lakes and all the fun things that Minneapolis has to offer!

 

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU

HCHS teachers are available to talk on the phone to answer questions and help with homework.