Hawthorne is a friendly neighborhood school with an exceptional program for gifted students. Their GATE Seminar program was well worth choicing into. It provided separate classes composed of GATE students that were taught by highly experienced teachers familiar with the special needs of the gifted population. My child was academically and artistically challenged, but also received the social-emotional support that is necessary for gifted children to thrive. An active parent-led foundation forms an engaging and supportive community for families with gifted students.
Has a grandparent my grandson's have attended Hawthorne Elementary for the past 6 years since they are military children they have returned off and on since 2011! All 3 of the boys have experienced success with all the teachers they have come in contact with. The teachers are dedicated, enthusiastic with many years of experience throughout all grades. The community and family involvement at Hawthorne is outstanding. Hawthorne is under a new Principle and Mrs. Robinson is awesome she is very much involved and is dedicated in serving the students and parents! She is striving to make every child a learner!!!! The students receive many educational enrichments both in the classrooms and on the many field trips the students receive throughout the year.
We've been very happy with this school for both of our children. The teachers are dedicated, enthusiastic, and experienced. Most have been there more than ten years. We love the community and family involvement at such a small neighborhood school. There has been a lot of turnover of principals in the past, but since 2015 the principal has been FANTASTIC! My children have received a very rich education here - great teachers supplemented by wonderful educational enrichments both in the classrooms (e.g., experts that come to the school to give presentations) and on field trips (Natural History Museum, San Diego Symphony, college campuses, nature tours through San Diego Audubon and Tijuana River Nature Reserve, etc.). We couldn't be happier!
As a newer teacher, I could not have received a better placement than at Hawthorne Elementary. The staff has embraced me with open arms and works efficiently together to provide our students with the best learning experience possible. Hawthorne has a smaller learning community with teachers that are committed to furthering each child's education. There are many great things coming in Hawthorne's future!
My third child is attending the seminar program in 3rd Grade at Hawthorne this year transferring from a neighborhood school. At the old school he was a failure and we kept getting notices of his misbehaving and failing in class. Now at Hawthorne, he is prospering into a promising student. Mrs. Sherman is paying attention to each student individually instead just as a number. I would recommend to parents of any GATE Certified students to send their kids to this school.
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.
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.
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!
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..