Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls


Morning Meeting

At Hawthorn, we begin each day with “Morning Meeting.” This all school community time allows us to share information about the day and highlight upcoming events. During “Talk Show Tuesday,” we learn from a variety of guests, including a breast cancer survivor, ice cream chemist, martial arts competitor, and construction supervisor.  This is a great chance for our girls to learn about careers and the greater St. Louis community. “Way To Go Wednesdays” provide a chance to recognize students and staff who have exemplified one of our core values during the week. “Literary Thursdays” give girls a chance to share poems or books they’ve read with their peers. “Sisterhood Fridays” are a favorite – with dance offs, minute-to-win-it-challenges and other opportunities to earn points for your house.


Every student belongs to an Advisory – a small group of students and a faculty member – that meets twice a week.  This family within a family provides added support in academics and personal life. Advisors do weekly academic check-ins with their advisees and Advisory is also a setting for discussion and sharing on a variety of topics, college and career readiness programming, and community service and mentoring programs.

Field Trips

Hawthorn students enjoy a variety of excursions throughout the year.  In most cases, these trips correlate to the classroom.  For example, students learning about heat islands spent an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens and a unit on Civil Rights took us to the Missouri History Museum  We are also able to participate in a variety of activities such as World Food Day, Wyman High Ropes Course, Six Flags, an African drumming concert at the Sheldon and an afternoon at Skate King, that enrich the Hawthorn Community.

After School Activities

Hawthorn offers a wide array of afterschool activities to complement our academic program and enrich our students’ school experience.  These programs are offered Tuesday through Thursday, 3:45 – 4:45. Participation in afterschool activities is voluntary and there is a $25 fee each season.

In addition to our afterschool activities, tutoring, provided by Hawthorn faculty and Washington University students, is available Monday through Thursday.

This fall the following activities are offered:

  • A Healthy You
  • The Art in You
  • Chess I
  • Chess II
  • Girl Scouts
  • Girls Who Code
  • Robotics
  • Step
  • Study Hall
  • Volleyball
  • Yearbook

For more details on each program and to sign your daughter up for an after school activity, please fill out the After School Activities Sign Up Sheet and return it to Ms. Hadley at the front desk.

Schedule a VisitIs Hawthorn Right for You?

We encourage community friends, prospective students and families to visit us! Throughout the year, our students lead tours twice a month during the school day which is a great way to see school in action. During student recruitment season, prospective families can attend our Saturday Open Houses. We also offer Family Tours the first Tuesday of every month during the spring.

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