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Hawthorne Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 296 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2013

The 1 out of 10 rating on this site makes me think the site's entire methodology is cheap, easy, and suspect. My son attends Kindergarten at Hawthorne, and came in with an average skill level. He tests above average for first graders. He's a year ahead, in other words, and just blossoming beyond belief. Not bad for a couple months at a "1 out of 10" school. The PTA is energized and involved, they have funding for arts (choir and visual art), and the teachers collaborate and act like a team more convincingly than other schools we toured (including private schools). But the #1 reason to send your child to Hawthorne? The world doesn't look like the lunchroom at the schools on this site rated 10/10. The world looks like Hawthorne's lunchroom. If you want your child to excel academically AND see the world as it is (instead of from the inside of a bubble), send them to Hawthorne, and ignore this lazy site's simplistic rating methodology. It appears to have slapped a bunch of pretty window dressing on a tiny slice of real information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

My son is a student at Hawthorne Elementary school. He is in an emotional/behavioral delay special education class. He is at the kindergarten level, and his classroom is K-2. My experience working with the teacher, principal, vice-principal and staff on writing and implementing his Individual Education Plan (IEP) has been outstanding! I appreciate the love, expertise, and perspective the staff at the school give my son. I dropped by the school today to add some money to his school lunch account, and even the "lunch lady" has wonderful words of appreciation and encouragement about him. Our experience at Hawthorne has exceeded my greatest hopes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

We feel so fortunate to be part of the wonderful community of students, families, and teachers at Hawthrone. My daughter is thriving in a nurturing environment that not only focuses on standard test related curriculum, but on individual and social awareness and responsibility. The sense of pride amongst the Hawthorne community is a true reflection of the wonderful school that it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

Hawthorne has improved incredibly in the last two years! I see HUGE positive changes in the academics, parent/community involvement and the school's physical appearance. The children are very involved and care about their school.


Posted March 15, 2012

As grandmother to one of Hawthorne's kindergartners, I am delighted to report that he attends a school where individuality and diversity are valued, where learning is fostered and enrichment is more than a buzzword. As an artist who volunteers to work on art projects with the children twice weekly, I can say from first hand experience that the children are happy, thriving and learning. This school is on the move. There may have been problems in the past, but great strides have been made. Teachers here are excellent, go the extra mile, and benefit from professional coaching. The administrators are strong, capable, caring and committed. Test scores are on the rise, and parent volunteers have organized . But best of all is the day-by-day success this school produces right now.


Posted March 10, 2012

We love Hawthorne! Our son is in Kindergarten this year and has had such a wonderful experience. He has an amazing teacher. She does a wonderful job of balancing the required reading and math curriculum with movement, music, and art. The school has a great art teacher, a beautiful library with a full time librarian (!), one of the best PE teachers I've ever met, and an all around wonderful staff. The principal and vice principal are two of the most inspiring, dedicated, and warm people I have ever met in the public school system. And have I mentioned the diversity at this school? There is such an ethnic, racial, social-economic mix at this school. A true melting pot. What a great place for a child to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

Our son is in kindergarten this year at Hawthorne and we have been very pleased with our experiences so far. He loves school and is thriving. My husband and I are both teachers and I have a range of experience observing other teachers. Our son's teacher is one of the strongest teachers I have watched in action. She is amazing at differentiating to meet the needs of all of the children in the classroom. The school has strong leadership that values a rich learning experience for children. They our courageous in being committed to a solid education in the full sense even in a climate that focuses purely on math and reading. It is wonderful to see a school where they know how to effectively address the needs in these two academic areas without neglecting the rest of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

My son is a first-grader at Hawthorne and is thriving. The combination of committed teachers, supportive administration, and great kids makes this an amazing school where every child's success is equally important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

I am a parent of a kindergartener at Hawthorne. It has truly been a remarkable year. There is a buzz amongst the faculty and parents that great things are happening and I believe it! Simply put, my son loves his teachers and classmates. What more could we ask for? His happiness is ours. Keep it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Hawthorne is an amazing school on the rise. The teachers, staff, parents and the wider community are truly embracing this neighborhood school and it shows. The teachers and staff are dedicated to these kids, backed by the district, are getting the kind of professional development that makes a difference. The school offers full time Arts, Technology, and Literacy programs in addition to onsite partnerships with organizations like CDSA and Powerful Schools. All this support and energy devoted to the Hawthorne students makes a difference. Recent test scores have risen significantly and future program development in the school curriculum will only strengthen their learning. For example, my son is in the Spectrum program but needs a little extra boost in his reading skills. The Powerful Readers program gives him that support. But for me personally it's not all about the scores but the facts that my child learns in between the lessons. The knowledge you get from rubbing shoulders with so many diverse cultures can't really be measured but has a value all to it's own. It's those lessons combined with that of the teachers that make Hawthorne so special to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

My son is a kindergartener this year at Hawthorne. He loves his teacher and all the new friends he has made. Our family is very involved at the school. Thanks to strong leadership, excellent teachers and involved parents, students are thriving. There is a Performing Arts Program, Technology Program (with computer lab and laptop carts), team-building P.E. and Library Arts. There is even a special Visual Arts program for Kindergarteners where the kids do art projects related to science. Our multi-cultural school events are really fun and bring our diverse families together for good food, dancing, singing, learning. We are very happy with Hawthorne. And most importantly, our son is happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

My daughter is in kindergarten at Hawthorne, and our experience has been amazing! So far the staff and the administration have been very accessible and open. My daughter has flourished, and we owe a lot of that to her amazing teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2010

From what I know, the parents of the young children are organizing with each other and meet with staff, new principal, teachers and community. They partnered with local rotary and won largest volunteer turnout for the 2010 April Bridge To Beach Clean-Up. I think this is a great foundation for driving improvements in all facets of the education and community!


Posted February 27, 2010

My 2 children are doing very well while attending Hawthorne Elementary, I've seen a huge improve in my daughter's reading and in her math. She attended her kindergarten year there and is now in 1st grade. My son who is in kindergarten there now went from 'i dont know?' to being able to recognize sights words, and numbers and letters. He showed a huge improvement within just a couple months from the beginning of the school year. They love going to school there, and is sad they will not be attending Hawthorne next fall, due to the 'new student assignment plan'. I sure hope their future school will continue to teach my children as well as Hawthorne Elementary has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Our granddaughter is now in the 3rd grade here. Towards the middle of last school year we encountered many problems with someteachers not being able to treat parents/grandparents with 'respect'! It seems it has carried over into this year. If we cannot turn to the school staff for support then who the heck can my grandchild turn too. Getting very disappointed in how things are getting handled at this school. A Very Concerned Grandparent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

Leadership change at this school 3 years ago has left the school wanting for more change. The 'Hawthorne Way' of past years has disappeared in favor of a more authoritarian atmosphere that serves to teach to the lowest common denominator. Teachers struggle to maintain order in the classrooms, and academic standards have not improved, proving that you must teach to the whole child.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
22%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
9%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
3%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students59%
Female53%
Male67%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income56%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited English39%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income55%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students48%
Female52%
Male44%
Black42%
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited English40%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female50%
Male32%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students40%
Female42%
Male38%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English40%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students37%
Female55%
Male29%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income26%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education45%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female73%
Male54%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female55%
Male46%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income37%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 53% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 7%
Hispanic 15% 20%
White 8% 60%
Two or more races 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 139%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 280%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 6N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 79%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Seattle, WA 98118
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