5 stars for the administration, teachers, and staff----1 star for lack of community. Like the other post, we feel ostracized for not being the same race & religion of people who attend the school. There is NO warmth or welcoming spirit from the parents---unless you are part of their culture. They don't even smile or say hi to you! They're so snooty. It is unfortunate because we love the teachers. However, we'd like to be a part of a school culture that is nice and not so mean and entitled. Life is too short to waste time on the "entitled" and egotistical "privileged"-- and we're happy to be leaving next school year!
The school is 100 % for rich Iranian Jewish people. The kids talk Hebrew and do not play with my daughter who is Christian. She is depressed and she cannot makes friends. And the school is asking for money donations every single day, donations starting with $500. You receive phone calls everyday to participate in donations and giving away activities. At one point you feel embarassed to the teachers. If you cannot afford to give donations they isolate your child. At one point they asked me why I am bringing my child to school so early in the morning. I answered:"some people work for a living, have jobs". This is a school for people who does not need to work, or those who have baby sitters. They ask you to participate in all kind of activities, and it is not possible if you have a real job. The academic part is really good but this is not a school for white caucasians, asians, or other races. I start to believe that not being a Jewish in Beverly Hills is like a stigma. Me and my husband are making efforts to pay an expensive rent in order to give our daughter a good education. But it is not enough if you don't have the ego and the money of Iranians.
The teachers at Hawthorne are professional, caring and expect high standards from their students. The music teacher is incredible. Mrs. Brilliant, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Timmerman, Ms. LeBlanc are all at the top of their field. The after-school activities are plentiful and my children also participate in the science and math olympiads. The principal Mrs. Schaffer is very engaged and communicates very well with parents and children alike. Her follow-up is impeccable.
My son went to Hawthorne for one year of Kindergarten and it was enough to realize that it wasn't the right school for him... and us. Hawthorne might have a high API but it doesn't offer a diverse (race and religious) environment. Some teachers have very little experience in the field, parents are not involved and there isn't a sense of community. This is a school that thinks 'by the book' and doesn't encourage creative thinking.
As a Hawthorne alumna and a current parent of a 3rd grader, I am very pleased with the education and care my son has received. He thrives at this school because of the teachers and the specialists there. In particular, my child has been helped tremendously by Sherry Mobasseri, his speech-language therapist. She is amazing!! She has given my child help that he will benefit from his entire life.
Teachers, Administrators, and Families are all very nice. I love Hawthorne school.
We have the most amazing teachers, staff and administration. Our families are active and supportive!
I like this school, Staffs, teachers, parents and students they all like a family.
This school is awful. The children use foul language, which is overseen by the staff. There is little to no interaction from teachers to parents and I would never recommend this school from 3rd grade on up.
i think the school is good and i really like my daughters kindergarden teacher,and my daughter likes her too.
My son finished 7th grade this past year and he has had a wonderful experience at Hawthorne. His English, science, and social studies teachers were terrific. In particular, his math teacher was awesome! Mr. Schmidt could really relate to the kids and turned a child from hating math to loving it. Thank you, Mr. Schmidt!!!
The preschool program is very structured and well provisioned. The barbecues are fun. The snacks nutritious and the kids are in a secure enviorment.
The Principal, Assistant Principal and teachers are all top notch. I am very happy with the quality of education my kids are receiving. There is a happy feeling about the school, which was not the case at the LAUSD school we were at before. Unfortunately, Beverly Hills schools do not have the full STAR onsite program. After seeing the joy & comeraderie that this program brings the kids in LAUSD, and the convenience for parents - we really miss it.
Quality of academic programs - average. Music - available. Art, sports not available. Level of parent involvement - average.
This school is improving steadily. We have an amazing Principal and Asst. Principal who work incredibly hard to raise morale, maintain a solid teaching staff and work with their resources. Parent participation should be better, but I believe as the school improves, more of the neighborhood parents will choose to send their kids.
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