If you have a child with special needs, think twice before sending them here. They may thrive somewhere else. They appear only concerned with test scores than the development of the child with different or special abilities. My child went here after attending Coralwood, but I decided to remove her from this school late in the school year. My child is now happy and thriving in her zoned school!
Hawthorne is a hidden gem of a school! No need to send your children to private school if you are in this school's district! Excellent teachers, small teacher/pupil ratios.. a wonderful wonderful school.
They do a great job of teaching all kids, no matter their economical, social, physical and/or mental challenges.
The school itself it fine, it's my daughter's teacher that I have an issue with. She seems to have anger issues with the children in her class and I will be looking into this more in depth....believe me.
we moved our son to Hawthorne after a terrible experience at a neighboring elementary school that was considered one of the best in the county. Hawthorne was such a huge improvment from where he was! The Teachers, Principle and Parents are very invovled. My son went from being unhappy about going to school to being enthusiastic about getting back there every day. I highly recommend Hawthorne to any parent.
My child has attended this school for 2 years and so far it has been positive. He has learned a lot. The teachers are good and classes are small. I see the principal out of the office a lot and assisting, but reaching her and getting her to return your calls are hard. I don't necessarily like that all of the classrooms are inclusion classes. I would also like to see more advanced classes for high achievers and more activities. Parents are really involved at this school.
I have always been a supporter of public education but after having my children in DeKalb schools for several years now (elementary and middle), I am starting to re- think my decision. I am disappointed in the quality of the activities my child completes in and out of school (lots of worksheets). The time I have been in the classroom the teacher has her hands full with discipline and is not able to provide individual attention when needed. I think that mainstreaming can work but only if there are enough hands to help out in the classroom.
My daughter is in pre-k at Hawthorne. We have thoroughly enjoyed her experience thus far. Her class has 18 students and 3 teachers, a ratio which enables a great deal of one on one interaction (even more than I think she would have received at a private pre-k). Her teachers are fantastic, as are the administrators I have had interactions with. I really like the small size of the school, as well as the high level of parental involvement. The principal is very open to input from parents, going so far as to create a committee (open to all parents) to investigate enrichment opportunities for the more advanced students in the school. I encourage all parents struggling with the choice between Hawthorne and private school to visit the school, talk to parents and teachers, and to keep an open mind. I'm so glad I did.
Hawthorne Elementary is a wonderful school. 'There is a saying whatever the head is like, this will impact the rest of the follwers.' The Princpal is a hands on person. We can see how much she cares for her students and She has set high standard for the teachers and the students. The teachers work very hard to make sure ours children recieve a good education. There also, very helpful and caring. I love that the PTA is very supportive of the school. The only downside to Hawthorne Elementary is the lack of extracurrllium activities. We need more of a selection to chose from. For example, a Choir, or a dance class, or a computer class. Over all My family and I look's forward to returning next year.
I have spent a great deal of time in my child's classroom and have been disturbed by many children who seem out of control. The atmosphere is not conducive to learning. I have also eaten lunch in the cafeteria and witnessed similar behavior. I also have issues with a program called Discovery for 'gifted' students. These students are pulled out for enrichment. The state we came from provided enrichment for all students in the classroom. It's not hard to imagine how the students who are not labled 'gifted' must feel when they remain in the classroom. We're not sure if Hawthorne is a good match for us.
We had heard such great things about Hawthorne when we moved to Atlanta but have been disappointed for the most part. There are a lot of non-english speaking parents, so as a room parent it was frustrating trying to communicate. Not alot of hands-on activities in the classroom. We decided to go with private education.
I have one student who has attended this school for 3 years now and have been very impressed. The teachers are young and energetic with a passion for teaching. They encourage parental envolvement in many ways. This is an enclusion school so the teacher to student ratio is lower than most schools. I would highly recommend this school to any parent.
Discipline issues encountered during our years at Hawthorne were handled professionally. Both my husband and I have served in numerous parental roles at the school and have found working with the staff a delight. The administrators have been helpful in dealing with our concerns and finding resolutions. The school is old, but the classrooms are most inviting. The school is not dirty. We have experienced for the most part small classroom sizes and an abundance of teachers. We have a lower than average student to teacher ratio. Classes are added when numbers exceed state guidelines. We are fortunate to have children in a place where academic rigor is instituted. Our three kids have excelled in national testing. Our children are also benefiting from an ethnically diverse student body and learning empathy for kids with special needs. The school is a gem. Kristi Fuqua
We chose private school after a bad experience at Hawthorne School. There were several discipline issues in the classroom that affected our child's learning. We had several meetings with administration but nothing ever changed. I served on several committees and found the administrators to be rather distant. The school building itself is dirty and the class sizes are very large. Hawthorne may be a good fit for some but we wanted better for our child.
I have not been impressed with this school. Leadership is not very approachable; school facility dirty and old; way too much emphasis on test scores! Makes you wonder... I would give Hawthorne a D+.
There are many positive aspects of the school. It is very easy to speak with the administration and teachers. The school is fairly small, so your child is not just a number. Obviously, no school is perfect. There could be more extracurricular activities and the building itself could be renovated but that's what you'll get in DeKalb County schools. Parental involvement is high among a small segment of the school population but the school would benefit from more parental involvement.
Hawthorne is a wonderful learning institution. The principal is very knowledgeable, involved and very organized. The teachers really seem to enjoy 'teaching'. The administrators and staff really care about the kids. The parental support and involvement is superb. The student body is diverse and exposure to diversity will benefit all of the students at Hawthorne as they matriculate.
I really love this school.I have a child in PRE-K and one in the first grade,they both have learned so much,the teachers are wonderful at what they do.The whole staff of people working here are very nice,they really seem to care about the students.
some things simply do not translate in test scores. This school has an incredible staff of teachers. The principal is smart and open to dialogue on every level. This school is a little jewel tucked in a tranquil neighborhood. My sons were in private school at one time and this school is so far superior to the education they were receiving. There is diversity here that is balanced and reflective of what they will encounter naturally in life it does not feel forced.
A school that has a positive learning and social environment for the students. I truly appreciate the high degree of self-discipline and the top technology that the children are exposed to. Thank you
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