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K-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 566

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3319 North Clifton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 534-5550
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November 21, 2014
Hawthorne is in great shape in a difficult environment for public schools and I credit the combined efforts of the current principal, staff, faculty, and families at the school. I see kids collaborate in small groups and approach problems from different perspectives. I see good relationships and talented people forming a powerful community with high standards and active fund raising. I saw an awesome dads [and a mom] band last night at Schubas. And every year I see well-prepared children graduate and move on to top high schools. We are very fortunate to be at this outstanding school. Keep it up Pietrini.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
Hawthorne was a very unique and special school before we hired our current principal 2+ years ago...Mr. Pietrini. Sadly, as new families enroll each new school year they will never experience how amazing this school was before Pietrini. They will never understand how amazing it should & could be with the right person leading. Before Pietrini, we had a school environment that welcomed parents always and encouraged them to volunteer in whatever capacity they wished. We had an amazing Principal, Anna Alvarado and Vice Principle. They led with kindness, intelligence and respect. Always displaying trust & pride in their students and in return they received the same. Mrs. Alvarado knew each student by name and she made them her priority. Mr Pietrini is all about control, dictatorship, making unnecessary rules, locking the doors, withholding information, keeping parents away, patting himself on the back...and TEST SCORES. The past two years more than half of our teaching staff have left and many, many families have pulled their kids out as well. It's hard to watch what is happening to our school. I wish CPS would get involved because the parents are too scared to speak up.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
I am currently a student at Hawthorne and I can certainly admit that this school has been outstanding in academics and the student's here work as hard as they can to be they're best. --Although, as a student I believe that everything has changed and I don't agree with the choices made to the school. The principal is suddenly taking away traditional events and changing everything Hawthorne once was without letting the students get a chance to decide whether if they were okay with that choice or not. To me, I'm afraid in the next two years, future students won't be able to experience what they're older brother/sister/etc did. I realize that Principal's can make however many changes to "their" school, but changing-- or taking traditional things away and not considering the students' opinions is quite unfair.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2014
I am currently a student at Hawthorne and I can certainly admit that this school has been outstanding in academics and the student's here work as hard as they can to be they're best. --Although, as a student I believe that everything has changed and I don't agree with the choices made to the school. The principal is suddenly taking away traditional events and changing everything Hawthorne once was without letting the students get a chance to decide whether if they were okay with that choice or not. To me, I'm afraid in the next two years, future students won't be able to experience what they're older brother/sister/etc did. I realize that Principal's can make however many changes to "their" school, but changing-- or taking traditional things away and not considering the students' opinions is quite unfair.

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2014
I'm a student and I love it at Hawthorne. Due to this schools rigorous curriculum and dedicated staff I've been lucky enough to receive offers to some of the best high schools in the state. I understand that it may not be ideal for everyone but a thing many teachers stress about our work is independence and taking initiative. To succeed at HSA you have to be comfortable talking, interacting, and stepping up. I am comfortable talking to my teachers, asking for advice, and going to them when I need it. Many parents get angry because the teachers don't hover over everyone giving them their full attention every second, but who can? With a class of 32 kids, that's a difficult expectation. Hover parents won't fly; instead prepare your child to not have their hand held all the time. Hawthorne is great preparation for highschool and the real world, I honestly couldn't be more thankful I attended.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
Hawthorne staff work well together to provide an excellent, A+ education to all the children in the school. I have personally experienced much aid from the special education department that I will be eternally grateful too. Unfortunatelly, I wish the school were closer, but most of the time we need to sacrifice to get the best out of life anyway.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Hawthorne has great academics but its the most private of all the CPS elementary schools. There is a strong lack of diversity here but otherwise, Hawthorne is a great place to be.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
Hawthorne is one of the better CPS schools. My son is learning much more than he ever did/could at our neighborhood school. The diverse learning environment is invaluable.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Very impressed with the progress my daughter made this past year. The teachers are amazing and very committed. I am also very pleased with the energy the new principal brings.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
We are lucky to have such wonderful and caring teachers. Like most CPS schools right now, we are going through an adjustment to the longer day and new structure, but our supportive teachers are the backbone of this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I have two kids currently at Hawthorne and feel it's a good school especially for a CPS school. But it's not perfect. The concerns regarding the rushed school schedule expressed in the Dec. 6 and 11, 2011 posts are valid and, I believe, felt by a number of parents. But these issues as well as others are overlooked because my kids and the school overall are performing well. Now that the school day is being lengthened, I hope these issues will be resolved and the school makes the most of the possibilities. As for the May 27, 2012 post by a teacher - I find embarrassing. The "take it or leave it" attitude is inappropriate and immature and I don't believe reflects the majority of the school staff. To the teacher who posted this review - the personal comments are unprofessional and reflect badly on you and the school you represent. If this is your attitude, perhaps you should be the one to leave as there are plenty of enthusiastic teachers who want to work at Hawthorne without the self-deserving attitude that your comments reflect.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
The principal leadership at this school treats it like an extremely regimented jail. There is no time allowed for recess, outdoor activity, play, or even lunch. The only thing that saves this school is a few stellar teachers and a PTA that taps the wealthy parents. The reality is that this school has been autonomous for years now and could have voted for a longer school day ages ago. Neither the leadership or teachers wanted it even though it would have allowed for recess and lunch. Their actions speak loudly as to who they are putting first and it is not "for the children". By the way, a teacher misspelling "phenomenal" is not a good sign.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
Hawthorne teachers are fighting the longer school day. If they were truly there "for the children" they would be happy to extend the day for the children's sake. The day is rather rushed. Instead they are holding out for more money. Pretty sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
This school is amazing. I would recommend this school to everyone. The teachers are amazing and the education is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
My son has progressed so much in just four short months. I can't believe the difference that great teachers make! Thank you Hawthorne.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
my grandchildren attend and they are excelling and happy at Hawthorne, so are their parents.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 13, 2010
A principal who is committed to each student's education. Excellent teachers. An philosophy that gives students agency in their own education but supports them every step of the way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The school has a GREAT educational program with very supportive and concerned teachers. Mrs. Alvarado is a dynamic and inspiring principal who works with her staff and the children to make everyone the best they can be.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
It's like an extended family with the added bonus of a GREAT education!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Both my children have received an excellent education at Hawthorne- the school's focus is on reading, writing, math and science AND they also experience art, music, technology (up to date equipment) and PE My son just completed an off-campus program at the Art Institute, he attended one afternoon each week for the school year - what an incredible experience; his curiosity was given free rein. Additionally, the parent/teacher/staff collaboration has brought so much to the school and ultimately to the students. Last, the principal, Anna Alvarado, believes in 2 principles of leadership which inspire great things: 1. there's always a solution and together we'll find the best one 2. everyone brings their own strengths; when we stop to acknowledge them, we provide an atmosphere in which all can contribute and excel.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Great administration and teachers!! Very supportive, kind and caring!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
It is a great school that focuses on the children with great parent/teacher involvement. Children learn to excel at Hawthorne.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
the school provides an excellent education and prepares the kids well for the top high schools in the state

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great teachers! they are very supportive ,encouraging and caring with their students

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
Dedicated teachers and staff make every child's success a priority.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
Creative, dedicated teachers, diverse student body, receptive, forward-thinking administration and involved parents make this an amazing place for kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The sense of community and the fact that teachers and the administration demonstrate care for all the students that attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
My son graduated from Hawthorne last year and we were so proud of that school. Great principal and teaching staff...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
Creativity + stellar academics + nice families + fantastic principal = Hawthorne.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
From the top down, they strive to teach to the whole child

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
I have been at the school for over 10yrs now and it continues to get better - there is a true commitment to excellence, our principal and teachers are always looking for ways to improve the quality of learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The community of teachers,students, and parents at Hawthorne is outstanding. My son has attended for the past eight years, and it's been a wonderful experience. We have made friends for life at Hawthorne.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Great School very well balanced classes, the Kids are so enthusiastic friendly charming and outgoing. They deserve to win.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
I love Hawthorne Scholastic Academy because of all it offers to everyone who enters the door. Our administration, teachers, and community of parents work hard every day to ensure that our children learn to be creative with what is printed on the pages of a text book. This type of undertaking and commitment is visible in our children s experience at our public school every day. Hawthorne you rock !!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Great teachers and leadership from our principal. Teachers who really care about our children and their educational development, teaching them to think for themselves in a creative manner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
There are great teachers and an excellent education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Hawthorne is an amazing school where the teachers and staff are dedicated to our children. and committed to our children. There

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Committed and skilled teachers ... caring and concerned administration open to new ideas and supportive of teachers ... incredible parent group that supports the school's mission

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
amazing school spirit, family culture, student centric administration, energizing prinicpal, teachers who focus on the students, and so much more.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Great teachers, nurturing support system, active parent group! need i say more!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Outstanding principal, vice principal, teachers, and staff; parental involvement, general enthusiasm for learning throughout!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Fantastic teachers! Best school in the city!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
We are disappointed in this school. The pressure put on the children is outrageous. There is far too much emphasis on test scores and not enough emphasis on teaching children how to learn. They are treated more like inmates by being denied outdoor recess. In a two month time period, the kids only had 3 outdoor recesses! There are dozens of studies that stress the need for kids to have time to run around so they can concentrate in class.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
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October 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
Just -- flat out -- an outstanding school with dedication and love from top to bottom: the principal and the teachers -- this is the way a good school should be run, we're very happy to have our son going to Hawthorne!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
We are thrilled to be at Hawthorne. The Kindergarten teachers are incredible, using the latest research to guide their reading and writing instruction. I still can't believe such a terrific school exists in the city of Chicago!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Great teachers, active parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
I am going to 8th grade, my final year at Hawthorne. It has been an amazing 8 years, the teachers care for you so much but they also make sure you stay focus and learn as much as possible. I am going to be truly sad when i leave for highschool but i am totally sure that Hawthorne will/has prepared me great for my future.

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
I have two children at Hawthorne, both in the upper grades now. We've been here since kindergarten and on the whole have been nothing but grateful to have gotten into such a fine school. The teachers are dedicated, and principal Anna Alvarado is an unusually dedicated, caring and inspired administrator. She is a proactive and creative leader. The school is rigorous, no doubt, you must be an advocate for your child. Sometimes the curriculum is a solid grade level above the norm. If you're a dedicated student, you will find many outlets here. As to parents, yes, some work, some don't. I work full time, but don't see the school or other parents as cliquish. As at any other school, there are many ways to be involved and the parent community is composed of all sorts of people who wish only the best for their children.

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March 29, 2009
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February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2009
Great school, great kids, great teachers, and great principal

- submitted by a student
December 31, 2008
Thought they would be a good fit for our son. We were wrong. Too big of a class for one teacher and TA. Minimal individualized attention due to large class size. Breeding ground for behavioral problems. Sure, they care. But they only care for the kids that shine, right off the bat. Our son is a caring, enthusiatic, and age appropriate learner. He is curious and intelligent, and is learning to work with his peers-- isn't that what school is about? Just an aside. I appreciate the comment about the mothers who do not work that send their children here. While dropping off my kid, the school grounds looked like a sorority gathering-- very clique-ish, very high school-like. Not cool.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
Hawthorne Academy is one of the gems of the Chicago Public School system. We have one child already at Hawthorne entering 3rd grade. Our two other children will be attending this year entering K and 5th grade . Our daughter ( who skipped 1st grade) had a wonderful teacher last year in 2nd grade and we are very happy to have all of our children at Hawthorne this year. The school has a great staff, starting with the principal, Ms. Alvarado. Everyone we have met there is friendly and seems to actually like children, which was not the case at some of our previous schools. Unlike many urban schools, Hawthorne has a very open, welcoming feel to it that was evident to us from the first time we visited it. We are very lucky to have a school like Hawthorne in Chicago.

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July 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 23, 2008
My daughter is in the 8th grade at Hawthorne and she really hates the school. She especially hates the kids in her class. There isn't very much ethnicity in her class and her teachers aren't very good at communicating, or being helpful in any way. I would never recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 28, 2007
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September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2007
Hawthorne is a good school, but there are many good schools in the CPS system. The new principal is just as amazing in effectiveness, yet caring, as the previous one. Just a note of caution that many of the mothers do not work. Some teachers and mothers are not understanding of the time constraints of working mothers, which can cause a rift. My children are doing very well at this school. Hawthorne has wonderful music, art, computer and math teachers as well as the core elementary teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
I have my twin daughters at Hawthorne this year. They are both in 6th grade. My daughters had attended pre-k at Moos School and I was told that they were bright and that I should put them in a gifted kinder class. I didn't because the gifted school was to narrow minded and I want my children to be well rounded so I registered them at St. John Berchman School in Logan Square and felt that I wanted more... so, I applied to several CPS locations and Hawthorne contacted me and the girls were accepted. They have done extremely well academically and have a lot of friends. The academics are great. Teachers are great. Parents seem to work together. The information I gather from the LSC is wonderful and active. The principal doesn't seem to be a people person. It is her 1st year as a principal, perhaps its that.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2006
My daughter attended 3rd and 4th grade at Hawthorne. She loved this school, it's one of the best in Chicago. Daughter now attends a school in Naperville that doesn't match up to this school. Very good school, I should have let my daughter complete 8th grade here, Naperville schools aren't that great.

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May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
I love this school, i am a student there and the teachers are concerned and love the students. Children are challenged and they promote harmony within the classroom.

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2005
Ok...I am impressed! Having two children with different learning styles, varying attributes and needs...Hawthorne is an amazing school that somehow successfully evaluates and applies methods to ensure that each and every child fully grasps the material they are receiving. I have had Hawthorne alum report Highschool as a breeze after leaving Hawthorne...they truly are prepared and then some upon leaving!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
I attended this school from k-8 and I am currently a freshman at the University of Misosuri- Columbia. Hawthorne really prepared more for one of the best high schools in Chicago. The academic programs are available in different levels of difficulty for the various backgrounds students come from. Hawthorne is very diverse. I always looked forward to international night at the end of every year. Art, music, sports, and cultural activities are always planned and made available to the students. Parents are very involved. They tag along for field trips, help with crafts that require more supervision, join PTA, run for office in the parent government, and help with school assemblies. I enjoyed my time at Hawthorne and go back on a regular basis to talk to old teachers.

- submitted by a former student
July 19, 2005
I have 2 children at Hawthorne, I am one of the parents that work very hard on fundrairsing. I don't give big checks I just give alot of time and it is very much appreciated by the whole staff. My children are getting a great education and we consider ourselves to be very lucky.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
The academic education my child received is first class although many of the projects have obviously been done by parents. The staff is wonderful, except for the ones that allow children to get away with many things because of who their parents are and how much (money or time) they contribute to the school. The principal has done wonderful things with the school, but could use help in making all parents welcomed (not just the ones who donate money or their time or are in the same social circles). The PTA is very active. The education is great, the school is just very cliquey. Students should be judged by what they accomplish academically, not who their parents are and the administration should make it a safe place (emotionally and socially) for all to learn and punish those that are bullies despite of how much their parents donate.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2004
Hawthorne is an excellent school. Its amazing teachers and principal, along with parent support, make it possible for all students to suceed. Hawthorne prepared me for high school so much more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you to the Hawthorne Family for a great education, love, and support that all students need!

- submitted by a former student
May 11, 2004
I was a student at Hawthorne and two of my cousins are currently enrolled here. It is one of the best if not the best school out there. From the dissection classes to the amazing Mathathon, not to mention the great reading material. When I went to high school all my freshmen year was just a review of what I had learned. The teachers motivate you and always say something to make every student excel. I will never forget the teachers at Hawthorne, and the motivation they always gave me to be the best I could be. The principal always had a great smile and is an amazing leader. It's a safe school with great activities that not only help children stay away from being with the bad crowd but also challenges them intellectually. Thanks Hawthorne for helping me be the best I can be!

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2004
Great teachers and parents make this a wonderful school filled with curious students. There is an active PTA with several raising events. It's the only wireless public grade school in the state, as well having chess club, chorus, sports teams, and music lsson. While there is always room for improvement (smaller class size would be good), we have been very happy at Hawthorne.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
Teacher to student ratio is incorrect. This school is not comparable to most of the schools listed due to the type of school this is. Interesting type of detail listed.

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Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy
3319 North Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL  60657
(773) 534-5550
Last modified Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top