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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 5 and 6, 2011 post...I can actually guess who wrote it. So now I will say it...You're negativity towards everyone and everything at our school is shining through and people are on to you and actually think you are a joke with too much time on your hands. Stop already. Now you know why no one wants to speak with you. MAYBE you could be just a little more supportive since you are getting an amazing education for FREE!!! If you are not happy here...LEAVE!!! You have no clue how many people are praying for a spot at Hawthorne!!! Our wait list is a long one...
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.
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.
This school is amazing. I would recommend this school to everyone. The teachers are amazing and the education is amazing.
My son has progressed so much in just four short months. I can't believe the difference that great teachers make! Thank you Hawthorne.
my grandchildren attend and they are excelling and happy at Hawthorne, so are their parents.
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.
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.
It's like an extended family with the added bonus of a GREAT education!
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.
Great administration and teachers!! Very supportive, kind and caring!!
It is a great school that focuses on the children with great parent/teacher involvement. Children learn to excel at Hawthorne.
the school provides an excellent education and prepares the kids well for the top high schools in the state
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