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Hmong International Academy

Address: 1501 - 30th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, 55411
Grades: Pre-K-8
Principal: Jamil Payton
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.2250
Fax: 612.668.2260
Email: Jamil.Payton@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: hia.mpls.k12.mn.us

WE OFFER: High Five • English Learner Programs • Media/ Arts • Family Engagement • Extended-Day Programming


  • Hmong cultural awareness supplements the regular social studies curriculum, using Hmong literature, art and storytelling
  • During specialist time, students are given opportunities to learn the Hmong written language and to understand and participate in Hmong culture
  • An extended-day period offers students additional support for 2.25 hours, four days a week
  • Our community partners create rich experiences for our after-school program attendees

Hmong International Academy (HIA) is a prekindergarten through eighth grade culturally specific school, providing students with daily opportunities to engage in activities that enhance understanding of the Hmong culture and language. We are located on the north side of Minneapolis.

We are focused on increasing student achievement in both reading and math. Students learn to read and write in English. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade participate in the workshop model in both reading and math. Our kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers are fully implementing Readers Workshop, a balanced literacy approach. These teachers use the Investigations curriculum to guide the work of a standards-based math program. Every grade level devotes time each day to social studies, science and health.

EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Community Education classes, reading/math classes, art club, Gateway to Technology, middle school sports, student leadership, Beacons

What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 3 % 4 %
African American 24 % 36 %
Asian American 67 % 6 %
Hispanic American 4 % 20 %
White American 2 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 52 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 90 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 16 % 14 %
1501 - 30th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, 55411

Magnet Schools

  • Culturally Specific

English Language Learner Programs

  • Hmong
  • Native Language Literacy - Hmong

Academic Opportunities

  • Accelerated Reading
  • Arts
  • English Language Learner Program
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Media Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Support Math
  • Visual Arts

After-school Activities

  • Art Club
  • Beacons
  • Community Education Classes
  • Dance
  • Media/Technology
  • Reading Classes
  • Scout Program
  • Sports
  • Tutoring
  • Youth in Government

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Band/Instrumental Music
  • Dance
  • Gateway to Technology
  • Middle School Sports

Pre-Kindergarten Programs

  • High Five

Kindergarten Options

  • All Day Kindergarten
  • Guaranteed All Day Kindergarten

Family and Student Support

  • Family Involvement Program
  • Home Visits
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership
  • Tutoring

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Renovated Playground
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Science Lab
  • Promethean Boards in Every Classroom
  • Audio Enhancement System

Please contact Nagashia.Jackson@mpls.k12.mn.us, Web Site Administrator,
for any questions/concerns you have about information posted on this site.