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Hawthorne Middle/High School

Public | 6-12 | 175 students

 

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Posted September 23, 2013

Hawthorne High School is a school with a lot of heart. 325 students in grades 6-12 participate in numerous activities--all at one time. Sponsors and coaches try to work around each other's schedules in order for the students to be able to take part in sports, drama, and cheerleading. Last year, the varsity boys; basketball team went to State; while they were working with the drama club to put on the spring musical. Over 100 students acted, sang, and danced in the show. Academically, the students are working harder than ever to keep their grades up. The number of students in AP English went from 6 to 25. The number in honors 9-10 went from 7 to 25. Math scores are up. Teachers are encouraging their students to plan for a college education and to take school more seriously. From all that I am seeing, the students have had a change in attitude and are working harder than ever to maintain a high GPA because they know without the GPA, they will not be allowed to participate in the activities available to them. What Hawthorne needs is more positive role models for the students to follow. Volunteers from Hawthorne are welcome to come help with the drama program.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2010

Hawthorne High is a C school at most. Im a senior there and the class size is only about 45 or so. The teachers let us get away with everything pretty much. There is discpline just not enforcedd in the right way. They have a poor selection of electives. The 2 choices pretty much are culinary arts and agricultural science. Some of the teachers dress a little rated 'r' sometimes but whos complainin. The front desk ladies are the rudest people i have ever met, although the guidance counselors make up for it with their kindness.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2009

my chiled is happy and is doing great in school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

I hate Hawthorne. It's the worst school I have ever attended. The teachers don't teach and they get annoyed when someone asks for help. The school is so small you would think the teachers would be more involved but they're not. There is very little discipline. The students are very misbehaved and get away with everything. The school has limited options too. They don't offer many different electives, majors, or even normal classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2008

I believe that people think that Hawthorne is a trashy school. Well its not. I went to Union County schools for eight years, and at Hawthorne I have by far learned more. Maybe it s the one-on- one teaching. I was not scared to ask the teachers here questions without getting laughed at or criticized, for not learning the material the first time it was taught it but people underestimate the learning strategies of Hawthorne. But, I am proud to be a student here at Hawthorne High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

It angers me to look at this website and see a staff member bashing this school. I am currently a senior at Hawthorne High and I have a few things to say. The reason HHS has such a bad reputation is because many people don't take the time to concentrate on the good. Many times, Hawthorne High has done right by their community, and we've won awards, and done big things, but we're only called upon for the bad we do. Since our new principle has gotten here, many things have changed. I belive this school is in for a much better run...
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2007

The five-star ratings of Hawthorne High School in this forum must have been written by one of the administrators. Hawthorne High, as stated by one if its employees, is a 'nasty little school'. At first, I thought those were the words of a disgruntled employee, but found it to be an understatement. The school leadership has been historically weak and ineffective. Many students show lack of any morals or ethics. Many of the girls dress like street walkers. I have personally seen students practically having sex on campus while administrators and the dean 'Pop' walking right by. The school also has some serious diversity problems. Look at the front door of the main building and you will see the 'N' word scratched there. Students report that bathrooms are so nasty, they don't want to use them. The school needs new blood and strong leadership to turn it around.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 20, 2007

The school maintains a 'D' average for the state. What more needs to be said? I would rate this school '0' in all areas except extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

Needs alot of improvement in the teaching department, as well as listening to the parents concerns. They don't know to budget their money for best interest of the childern. Also they do not supervise the childern with leadership quality. We are trying to change things, how are we suppose to that when are childern are getting these things told to them at school from the ones there suppose to look up to! Parents need be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

I would like to say Hawthorne High school has a wonderful and helpful staff. I went to Hawthorne High as did my brother who went on to play football and baseball some of the best years I had were going to games and sharing in the Hornet spirit. I grew up learning respect, personal accountability and love and a lot of it was the faculty and teachers. Now I am a college graduate and entrepreneur. My son now attends Hawthorne and is carrying on the hornet spirit. They are giving him opportunities for a bright future. I say go hornets to my alma Mata. Beatrice Lowmaster
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

I went to hawthorne from 2 grade to 9th grade it was ok then. My child goes to hawthorne. I do have to say they have there bad teachers but there's good like yates pop herring and a few that are good to. I can't name all. Pop is been there for me and my family. I would just to say keep pop and yates and few others.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 27, 2005

I attended Hawthorne from 1999-2005 (six through twelve) and loved it. Due to the student-teacher ratio, students are given such a large amount of attention that isn't available at the larger high schools in Alachua County. Students usually have the same teachers year after year which creates a comfortable unique relationships with them. The administration at Hawthorne is like none other. The current principal, Dr. Susan Arnold, is amazing. She knows every student personally or so it seems and just brings a great vibe to her school. I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 16, 2004

I graduated as Valedictorian from Hawthorne High School with the class of 2002. Yes, I already have the 'smarts', but where do you think I got them from? The teachers at Hawthorne offer great guidance, and throughout my attendance we had the world's greatest guidance counselor Bill Goodman. The school may have staffing issues, material problems and be located in the middle of nowhere, but that is because it is highly overlooked by the School Board of Alachua County. If the funding and support was available to Hawthorne, then the overall morale of the school, the students and the community would increase. Believe me, if there was really anything wrong with the school, I would be able to recognize it and not be able to carry out my educational success in college. Thank You, Jordanne H. Padgett
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 8, 2003

I graduated from Hawthorne High School in 2003. I attended every school that Hawthorne offered from Shell elementry to middle school and finally the high school. Now in college, i believe that Hawthorne (and its faculty) has prepared me greatly for what I am experiencing here at a four year college. Why is it that people want to blame a child's lack of information gained form school on the teachers? Hawthorne gave my classmates and I plenty of opportunities to take in the information handed out by the teachers. Whether the students took it upon their selves to benifit from that information is not the responcibility of the teachers. Hawthorne has some of the finest teachers in Alachua county and for that they should be grateful. So parents if you're looking to point the finger at the person who is holding your child back from their education, look at your child first!


Posted October 20, 2003

I am a student at Hawthorne, and I felt that this school isn't as bad as evryone makes it out to be. This school is out in the middle of nowhere, and teachers do not want to teach at this school, so how can it be the childrens fault for not learning anything, if no teachers are there that will help them. In school I learned a lot and it was easier for me because it was a small school and i had more help and time with the teachers and I succeeded. This school and most of the teachers do their best and I respect that and that is why I think it is a good school.


Posted September 4, 2003

I used to be a student at Hawthorne high. While I was going to school at HHS I did not feel that I was learing any thing, and that most of the teachers did not care to teach. I was in 10th grade in the English class I was in was over 50 people so they split the class up, half got to stay with a 10th grade English teacher, the other half got taught by a 7th grade English teacher. That was not the worst of it. I feel that when I have a kid of my own Hawthorne High will not even be a option for my kid to go to. I have went to two other hgigh schools & I have to say that Hawthorne did not have half the teaching abilties of the other two.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
22%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
21%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
15%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
14%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
42%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
42%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
29%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
14%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Black 41%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 54%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 32%44%61%
Master's degree 50%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%2%1%
Other degree 14%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Music
  • Band

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. VEITA L JACKSON-CARTER
Fax number
  • (352) 481-4859

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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21403 69th Avenue
Hawthorne, FL 32640
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