We are creating a better world by inspiring each student to reach their full potential.
Hopkins Vision 2031 is a vision of innovation created with the core belief that every student deserves a brilliant future. It is the result of multiple avenues of feedback designed to find out what our community, staff, and students think a world-class education should look like and what traits each student in the graduating class of 2031 should have.
The process to affirm community values is an important component to the visioning process. Thousands of sources of stakeholder and community feedback were used to inform Vision 2031, including: staff survey responses, student outreach interviews with community members, School Board listening sessions at local parks, staff strategic visioning sessions, digital surveys, and strategic focus teams.
Inventing a Bold New Educational Model in Hopkins
Hopkins Public Schools has a long history of innovation, excellence, and above all, doing what is right for students. This foundation is the perfect springboard for us to build a new model of education — one that puts students at the center of their learning.
Moving forward does not mean that we will forget who we are, but rather that we acknowledge that change is necessary if we want our students to have the skills they will need to be successful.
Different Results Require a Different Design
If we desire to move Hopkins from Great to World Class and eradicate predictable outcomes from our achievement results, our work begins with rejecting structures and practices that inherently sort, exclude, and privilege. This work is not impossible. We imagine a school system that promises a brilliant future for all students, regardless of their race, gender, culture, or economic status.
Hopkins will become the first district to close the achievement gap.
Prepare Students for the Future — Not the Past
The current school structure was based on a system from the early 20th century. It was designed to prepare students for industrial work, an industry that will be nearly unrecognizable by the year 2031.
We must reimagine and rebuild a new educational model that prepares our students for the future — not the past.
Our students and their needs will guide us as we transform our District to a place where every student can reach their full potential.
How We're Transforming Education
North Junior High Principal Julius Eromosele was named the Middle School Principal of the Year in the Hennepin County Division by the Minnesota Association of Secondary Principals.
A Wallin Scholar is awarded a scholarship to cover their tuition and other expenses. The students are four of 361 four-year scholars from more than 70 high schools to receive the prestigious scholarship.
Meet Fatuma Ali, an English and AVID teacher at Hopkins High School, and a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Her passion for teaching stems from the desire to create a positive learning environment for her students and to be the teacher she wished she had when growing up. Fatuma has revolutionized the English curriculum at her school, creating classes that are much-needed and beloved by her students. We are proud of you, Ms. Ali! Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved recognition!
Meet Allyson Wolff, a first-grade Spanish immersion teacher at Eisenhower Elementary, and a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Allyson's dedication and passion for teaching are evident in the way she creates a safe and caring environment for her students to learn and grow. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Señora Wolff! We are proud of you!
Hopkins scholars recently joined hundreds of students from around the state at Youth Day at the Capitol! During the event, attendees learned how to effectively advocate for an issue of their choosing and had the chance to speak with Senator Morrison and Representative Acomb. YDAC attendees also participated in interactive small-group sessions, had the opportunity to visit exhibits at the Minnesota History Center, and marched to the capitol where they were able to tour the building.
Community Schools are built on four pillars: collaborative leadership, family engagement, learning enrichment, and integrated services. These services include vision, healthcare, mental health, a barber shop, and even a food shelf where families can pick up essential items.
Where you send your children to school is important. In Hopkins, our goal is to provide rigorous learning that is personalized, culturally affirming, and inquiry-driven.
Earlier this week, Hopkins High School hosted the second annual Royally Speaking event, a tribute to Black history. The event was a great way to celebrate the last day of Black History Month. The program featured incredible performances by some very talented Hopkins scholars, staff, and special guests Known MPLS!
The BOOST Speaker Series is a program where people are brought in from our community, different agencies, and different walks of life to meet with scholars to talk about their future career paths after high school.
Hopkins continues to innovate and reimagine public education as we work toward our Vision 2031 goals.