Partner Schools

Great schools, right here in our community, are helping students from every neighborhood and every background realize their extraordinary potential. We empower district, charter and independent schools with the resources and support to provide an exceptional education to more Minneapolis kids.

Portfolio Schools

Bancroft Elementary School

Bancroft Elementary is an IB school, providing students with a strong academic foundation as critical thinkers.

School Type: District
School Principal: Erin Glynn,
Grades Served: PreK- 5
Contact: 1315 E. 38th Street Minneapolis, MN 55407

School Summary:

School Summary: Bancroft Elementary

Bancroft Elementary is an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) school, providing an academically rigorous and world-renowned curriculum to its students. Bancroft is a Community Partnership School (CPS) with the Minneapolis Public Schools district. Though this initiative, CPS schools are given the autonomy to develop and implement innovative programs and practices. During its first year as a CPS school (2015-16 school year), Bancroft saw increases in its MCA reading proficiency and growth rates and an increase in its MCA growth rates.

Great MN Schools has provided funding to Bancroft to support the implementation of a new math curriculum, development of an early literacy phonics program, best practice site visits and further development of Bancroft’s Site Council—a network of parents and community members involved with supporting Bancroft.

Hiawatha Academies

Hiawatha Academies is a network of high performing college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis.

School Type: Charter
School Director: Eli Kramer,
Grades Served: K-10, growing to K-12
Contact: 1611 E. 46th Street Minneapolis, MN 55407

School Summary:

Hiawatha Academies is a network of high performing college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in South Minneapolis. Their college preparatory educational program is based on a philosophy of high expectations, family partnership, and the development of character and leadership skills.

The Hiawatha network of schools include:
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Morris Park (K-4)
Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop (K-4)
Hiawatha College Prep (5-8)
Hiawatha Collegiate High School (9-12)

Hiawatha Academies is the largest CMO in the city, and its schools are amongst the highest performing. Hiawatha scholars are three times more likely than their peers in area district schools to be performing at grade level.

Great MN Schools has committed funding over four years to support the completion of an expansion plan that will add 1,627 seats to the Hiawatha network, reaching full enrollment of 2,288 students across five schools.

LoveWorks Academy

LoveWorks Academy is a K-8 charter school currently in partnership with Distinctive Schools to dramatically increase academic performance.

School Type: Charter
School Director: April Shaw
Grades Served: K-8th
Contact: 2225 Zenith Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422

School Summary:

LoveWorks Academy (LWA) is charter school deeply embedded in the North Minneapolis community.  As part of a community-driven school turnaround effort in 2016, LWA partnered with one of the highest-performing school networks in Chicago, Distinctive Schools.  Through the partnership, LoveWorks has married its commitment to providing a visual and performing arts education with an academic model focused on personalized learning that empowers students to accelerate their learning by understanding their learning strengths and growth areas.

Great MN Schools is supporting LoveWorks’ turnaround process, funding the year one implementation of a new school model.

Prodeo Academy

Prodeo Academy is a growing K-8, charter school serving North Minneapolis

School Type: Charter
School Director: Rick Campion,
Grades Served: PreK-4, growing to PreK-8
Contact: 620 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis, MN 55411


School Summary:

Prodeo Academy is a K-8 charter school serving North Minneapolis. Prodeo’s instructional model is designed to prepare students for college, and is informed by national best practices in education from the top academic schools in the country.  Prodeo is built upon a foundation of data driven instruction, strong curricula, teacher training, strategic innovation and clear structures.  Since inception, Prodeo has consistently demonstrated strong results on the NWEA, effectively moving students toward proficiency.

Great Minnesota Schools has invested in Prodeo Academy to support a strategic planning process, as well as the effective growth of their school from K-4 to K-8.

Emerging Schools

In addition to supporting Portfolio Schools, which typically receive multi-year funding commitments for planning and implementation, we make targeted investments in proven and promising schools as they work to strengthen key conditions for growth and success.

Partner Schools