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Students enrolled: 325
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4750 Lehrer Drive
San Diego, CA 92117

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(858) 273-3341
(858) 274-6379
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June 07, 2013
My child attended the seminar program here, coming from another school that was rated "10" by greatschools.net. Hawthorne has a great seminar program, and this significantly improves the performance of the rest of the school. If your kid is an average student and is not in the seminar program, then you may want to look elsewhere. The fantastic seminar program is keeping this school alive - the regular academic programs are exceptionally weak. Parent involvement (outside of the seminar program) is ZERO.

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December 03, 2012
I pulled my sons from a GreatSchools "10" to go to Hawthorne in their Seminar Program. They went from being bored and underachieving to thriving and loving school. I love that the school is smaller than most elementary schools in San Diego, and that it's economically and racially diverse. Most of all - I love that my kids LOVE school again.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
We had two of our kids attended the Seminar program at Hwathorne. I have to drive 15 miles one way to school everyday to Hawthorne and its well worth it. At the old school, my son always came home crying and bruised up. Nobody knew what happened at school, neither his teacher nor the YMCA after school coordinator. My daughter was also having problem with attention disorder at her old school. Several request to have a conference with her teacher went to deaf ears. Both of them were enrolled at Hawthorne Seminar program and have developed into two very good students. Mrs Sherman and Mrs Smith both are terrific at nurturing my kids, behaviorally and educationally.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
My daughter has been coming here since the 1st grade. She is now 1/2 way done with the fifth grade. The first prinipal was wonderful. About 3 years ago she retired and we received a new and young principal, Kimberly Lopez. Since then the school has been in shambles. Overcrowding, lowered test scores, bullying problems just to name a few. This school has been overcrowded with problem children who clearly have behavioral issues. My daughters class room has almost 40 people and the principal does nothing about it. She had a wonderful teacher prior who helped her with so much then at the 2nd month of the year the teacher left. She is dragging the students and school down and I hope she gets fired or resigns. She is very rude and incompetent as an effective leader, she has no initiative.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2011
This school does a terrific job teaching everyone from non-English speakers to Seminar students. It is a small school with a friendly community feeling. The teachers overall are excellent. My one criticism is that the parent involvement is low. That needs to be changed!

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June 20, 2009
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June 02, 2009
I am shocked by the 2 preschool reviews! Those comments should not affect the score of the actual Elementary School. I have never been so pleased with a School, my Son is in the Seminar program and his Teacher Ms. Smith is Tops in my book..

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
The preschool is not the best. My sons belongings were trashed! No respect. they have no consideration or respect for the parent. Very poor communication bet. teacher and parent. Administration is just as bad.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
My son went to preschool here. Poor communication between parent and teacher. The Principal doesn't even get close to being involved.

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August 28, 2007
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May 21, 2006
My daugher has been a student at Hawthorne Seminar since 3rd to 6th grade. She has has a challenging, stimulating education that we had no hope of finding after interviewing with many seminar programs and highly reputed private schools. The level of parent involvement changes from year to year, but overall the seminar parent participation has been very high. Some contibute time and money, some just time . Our music program includes an excellent choir, professionally mounted musical theatre productions,with everyone participating. Our art program, with professional artists from outside as well parent artists guest teaching. Our extracurricular program in chess with Larry Evans has produced some excellent chess players. The 3/4th grade teacher, Ms Sherman has very high expectations of the children's abilities. They are inspired to meet her goals. Mrs. Smith is a master teacher in every sense and has prepared her students for the future brilliantly with love.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
It's a good neiborhood school.Parent involvement is not very present.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
I have a child in the seminar program which is quite strong academically in the 3/4 split with strong literature emphasis as well as advanced math. The 5/6 seminar program is less measurable but appears to focus more on the whole child and his/her development along with more independent learning and group discussion. The parent involvement in the seminar group is quite strong but the school as a whole has very poor parent participation

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October 09, 2005
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September 09, 2005
My child is in the Seminar program and we both love it!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
I was not very happy with their Kindergarten program. We were sorely disappointed and decided to put her into private school where she has excelled beautifully. She loves school now!

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March 31, 2005
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November 28, 2004
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May 12, 2004
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Hawthorne Elementary School
4750 Lehrer Drive, San Diego, CA  92117
(858) 273-3341
Last modified Hawthorne Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hawthorne Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top