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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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