"We are best known for environmental science."
Students enrolled 366
Hours 9:05 - 3:45
School leader Cynthia Dismuke
Transportation options None
District Milwaukee School District
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5610 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53213

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(414) 256-8500
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5 stars
Based on 20 ratings

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February 04, 2014
The first time I took a tour at Hawley, I knew it was the right school for my son. The staff are very patient especially with my son! The homework and art work he does is amazing. I wish I was young enough to go to Hawley!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
Hawley is a GREAT school. It has a caring staff and a wonderful environment. My child has special education needs. However, she has never felt singled out or "different" from her peers. The teachers go the extra mile to make every child feel special. Their standard of excellence is second to none. The special ed teacher Mr. Delaney has a heart of gold! He has made my experience at Hawley one I will never forget. Ms. Zylstra is a great 5th grade teacher who sincerely cares for her students. Hawley rocks!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
Hawley Environmental School is a gem in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The school has welcoming, diverse student body. The schools continues to focus on excellence in education beginning with an all day K4 program. New this year, Hawley has partnered with the Urban Ecology Center to provide outdoor experiential learning opportunities for the students. The students love learning about nature in their neighborhood park! Also new, all students receive weekly instruction in Mandarin Chinese by a native speaker through a partnership with Cricket Academy. Hawley is currently a candidate school for IB accreditation in the Primary Years Program. Every classroom is equipped with a SmartBoard for dynamic 21st century instruction. Multi-age Global Classes are wildly successful at building leadership, cooperation and community amongst the students through fun and engaging topics! If your goal is to develop a globally minded, environmentally focused learner and leader, then Hawley Environmental School wants you! Enroll today for Fall 2012.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
I love Hawley School. This is the most caring and dedicated school I have every been a part of. I am a Social Worker and has had the chance to observe many schools. I have a child in the 2nd grade here and already have plans for my 2yr old to attend K-4 here at Hawley. I want to give a great big Thank You to principal Stavens, you really are the heart of the school and keep it structured and going. :-)

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
We have incredibly talented, dedicated teachers and a wonderfully diverse school community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
The faculty at Hawley are all very caring and energetic to change lives. And we love that they are an environmental school

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
The staff is really good and they care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Because it is dedicated to the education of the children and because my grandson is one of the dedicated teacher who works there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The staff rocks! The whole school rocks!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 06, 2009
The faculty and staff at Hawley are amazing! They work hard at fulfilling Hawley's mission and helping our kids succeed. Hawley is a school that I am proud to say my child attends!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
Hawley is a excellent school. My grandaughter goes there and loves it. It's a great neighborhood school. The staff is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love Hawley because of all the great teachers and very involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
I love the education my sons are getting at Hawley. The staff are very caring and are doing a great job!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2009
The teachers at Hawley have given my child the extra attention he needed. He has made huge progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
the teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 05, 2009
I love the environmental program that Hawley has. The teachers does an amazing job with the children.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Their teachers work incredibly hard, not because they have to but because they want to~!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
As a parent of a K5 student, we have had a great experience with Hawley! My son has had Ms. Wekwert and she is passionate about her job. The K4 & K5 curriculum has kept my son challenged and motivated to suceed. Thank you Ms. W and Hawley!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
The teachers truly understand the importance of team work and individualize learning for each student

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Our students are caring for one another and then environment. They work very hard and do so many wonderful things to help conserve the environment! What a great place to learn!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 04, 2009
It is a caring school community. Our students, staff and parents care about each other as well as the environment. We are also academically successful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Hawley is a great school with exceptional students, staff and parents. The school offers a caring learning environment and has a unique environmental focus. Hawley is a great place to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I have done presentations at this school and have found this school to be a shining example of how Milwaukee Public Schools should work. The staff that I have worked with have been very friendly and helpful, and the students were enthusiastic and a joy to spend time with.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
Hawley is dedicated to green living! The teachers are the best and I am only sad thinking that soon my girls will be too old to attend. I wish Hawley went all the way to High School. I wish all schools were like Hawley!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I have done some health-related presentations with the 4th & 5th grade classrooms and was very impressed with Hawley! The students are eager to learn and participate well and it is evident that the teacher-student relationships provide a fantastic learning environment. Hawley is also one of the few schools in the Milwaukee area with an emphasis on increasing environmental awareness and being green, which is critical to instill in children at an early age. Hawley is a great example for MPS!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
My son is in K-4 and he really enjoys his teacher and classmates. He's told me about recycling and the various gardens he's visited. He pays more attention to the environment around him.At Hawley he's nurtured and allowed to think creatively. I love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love Hawley Environmental School because the teachers care about all children. They teach them about the environment and how they can make a different in the world around them. Hawley has a diversed population of students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love Hawley Environmental School because the staff is hard working and dedicated and the school is always clean.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2009
I love Hawley because of the theme of their school. They teach my kids about keeping the environment clean and green. About preserving the atmosphere and knowing what it does to it if u don't help keep it clean and green. All 3 of my children have gone there and I have been very pleased with the staff and the teachers. They have made a difference in my children's life. I love that they are a multicultural school and does not judge anyone. Since my kids have gone there, everytime we go somewhere and they see garbage on the floors they help pick it up and says 'my teacher said we should help keep the earth clean.' This is the reason why Hawley is the best school for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
The science education that my child receives at that school is top-notch! My daughter loves the school and the teachers have always worked with us to provide a quality education for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I have worked with students and teachers here, and they are dedicated to excellence in education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
We are an environmentally focused school that emphasizes cultural awareness as well as service learning through numerous methods of instruction and learning opportunities for our students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 03, 2009
At Hawley we have a family. Our family is learning together about global concerns and actively making our city a great green place to live.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Hawley is a Green and Healthy School! It has a wonderful Environmental Education Program.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 03, 2009
There is a fantastic 5th grade teacher who makes such a difference in the lives of her students. Also the benfits of it being a 'green' school are helpful to everyone. :O)

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
Our families are fantastic and the academic standards here are high. The Hawley community works hard to incorporate our environmental focus into everything that we do. Our kids are given great opportunities to interact with their environment and community. The teachers here are always striving to improve instruction and learning for the students.

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2009
Mrs. Zylstra is a great dedicated teacher

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 03, 2009
because of the fabulous teachers...most especially mrs.zilstra...she is incredible and so wonderful to and for the children!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
great caring teachers. Mrs. Zylstra is very dedicated. Enjoys what she is doing

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Hawley is an environmental haven. We are working hard to make our school and environment a wonderful place to live

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Great teachers! Especially fifth grade teacher Mrs. Zylstra! The students are lucky to have her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Mrs. Zylstra is the best and Hawley stresses environmentalism.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I work for a national environmental NGO and we have selected 5th grade teacher Mrs. Lesley Zylstra to win a national Climate Change Educators grant this year. In addition to working with the only environmental school in the state of Wisconsin, we selected Mrs. Zylstra for her dedication to the environmental education of the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
My 2 young children come home everyday telling about their exciting and fun learning focused on the environment--Go Hawley!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
Hawley Environmental School is an outstanding school. The curriculum is challenging, the staff are inspiring, the school environment is cheerful and engaging, the students are bright and the families are committed. I'm so proud that my family has been part of this exceptional school community for the past 7 years.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
I love Hawley Environmental School because the families are involved in the education of their child! We have a fabulous learning community that is striving to make a difference in the world.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 03, 2009
lesley zylstra is a phenom teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
hawley is a great school in a great location. I am proud to send my 4 yr old daughter there. they have very dedicated teachers and want to teach kids reading, writing, and math. In addition they teach the students about the world they live in and how to take care of it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2009
Hawley is a very good school. My 2 children attend and are in the k-4, k-5 classes. My son learned to read as soon as he entered k-5 and he is one of the strongest readers in his class. My daughter has already began reading short stories and gets excited when she learns new words. My children are excited about going to school everyday and compared to their peers who attend different schools, they are both well advanced.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
Hawley school is an excellent school. The teachers have lots of teaching experience and most have been at Hawley for years. They are very caring and competent. The students are diverse and ready to learn. I have had children at other schools and private schools and Hawley is by far my favorite learning environment. The parents are great and there is much parental involvement and feeling of community.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
I currently have two children attending this school and I couldn't be happier. I would even prefer this school changing the grade limit and going up to eight grade. I hate the idea of my children leaving this school and the wonderful staff. The staff has always made sure the kids get the best help possible. They work with the families to ensure the success of the children. There is no better school than Hawley.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Hawley has been an excellent school for years. The stability of the teaching faculty and involvement of the parents is tremendous and it shows in how well students do at this school. The science learning exceeds virtually any public school in SE Wisconsin, not only MPS schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
I'v been a hawley parents for the last ten years. My second oldest just finished 5th grade. My youngest will be in 4th grade in the fall of 2005. I would not think of sending my children to a different grade school in milwaukee, wisconsin. I love this school. It has great parent involvement and the teachers and wonderful and caring. The Environmental Education program is excellent. I would tell any parent of a grade schooler to send their child here.

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Hawley Environmental School
5610 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI  53213
(414) 256-8500
Last modified Hawley Environmental School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hawley Environmental School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 55 reviews.