We have two children in the school. Our oldest was in a Catholic school before we decided to move into the neighborhood. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the school environment...It is such a loving and compassionate place. Both of my children are being challenged, encouraged and supported with their academics and character development. They offer really interesting extra-curricular programs like the STEM Ambassador program and Lego robotics club. Lisa Limoncelli is an amazing principal, and the teachers and staff have all been wonderful. The kids are very caring and understanding because it is a diverse and inclusive school. It's more than just a neighborhood school to us. We love being part of the school community.
Hawthorne is a great school with a great community feel. You simply cannot ask for a better Principal or staff. We take great pride in knowing that our son is in a safe environment that fosters education, creativity and individuality.
We love Hawthorne! It is a wonderful school tucked away in a lovely neighborhood near I-85 and Briarcliff. It really is a secret gem. I currently have a 4th grader here. My other son "graduated" last year and is now a student at Henderson Middle. Both children started at Hawthorne in Kindergarten. Principal Limoncelli and Asst Principal "B-B" are amazing and truly dedicated to the teachers, students, and families. We have a diverse student body both in race, religion, and socio-economic status. We also have a small portion of special education students who spend most of their day in the classrooms. My children have learned compassion and understanding from all their experiences at Hawthorne.
I think our school creed says it all:
I believe I can achieve and succeed at anything I set out to do.
I know what I do today will influence what I become tomorrow.
I will be a good listener.
I will not hinder my own or my classmates' learning in any way.
I am smart.
I am unique.
I have potential.
It's my decision: I CAN LEARN. I WILL LEARN.
My son is currently in Kindergarten at Hawthorne. He attended Hawthorne for Pre-K as well. We could not be happier with the school. His teachers have been wonderful, the principal and vice-principal are warm, approachable, and on top of things, and he has been having a great time. He has learned so much and has already made some great friends. Their summer program, Camp Buzz, is excellent as well. I take every opportunity to "push" Hawthorne to friends who are house hunting and looking at school districts! We're looking forward to our 2-year-old attending when he is older. Hawthorne is truly a great school!
I truly love this school. The staff and administration are amazing. It's like one big family. They work together to ensure each child has an enriching learning experience. I couldn't have chosen a better school for our child.
We went here for Pre-K and had an excellent experience! My child got accepted into a language immersion school in Kindergarten, so we ended up leaving. However, if they hadn't, we would have kept my child at Hawthorne, happily. All the teachers are amazing! The principle and assistant principle are top notch! And, on a side note, the cafeteria staff are such loving and wonderful people! I ate lunch with my child on several occasions, and they are truly special individuals doing a tough job for very little money. And, they did it wonderfully with smiles on their faces!
Considering some of the other Dekalb Co. schools, this is one of the best.I was nervous about sending my son here, but he flourished.The Kindergarten & 1st grade teachers have been caring & just awesome w/ the students.I couldn't be happier w/ the education my son has received & how the teachers & special needs teachers have dealt w/ my son.He actually likes it & his teachers.The parents are also what help make this school amazing.There are several activities & opportunities to get involved.My concerns:That unpleasant woman at the front desk who is just miserable-never says hello, says things she ought not to.You’ll know whom I’m referring. She’s rude to the kids-I have witnessed this many times.They teach French.Considering that the school is 50% Hispanic, I think Span would have been a better option.The Spanish kids speak their language & the Eng speaking kids can't communicate back.Span is more spoken in the US than French,I feel that learning this is doing the kids a disservice. School lunches are bad.The principle is ALWAYS outside greeting every-Always smiling & approachable!She’s kind, yet does not let the kids run amok.Several occasions she visits classes & deals w/ issues.