Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

The First All-Girls Public School In Missouri

Welcome to Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls! Hawthorn is the only public all-girls school in Missouri. We provide middle and high school girls a high quality, college preparatory education with a particular focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Hawthorn opened in 2015 with 120 6th and 7th grade girls. The school will add a new sixth grade each school year until 2020 when we will be fully enrolled with approximately 450 girls in 6th – 12th grades.

Hawthorn is the first school of its kind, an all-girls’ public charter school offering all St. Louis families the opportunity to choose a single-sex school for their middle and high school daughters. Hawthorn provides young women with the academic background, self-esteem, and leadership skills that will enable them to succeed in college and beyond.



Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is a college preparatory school with a rigorous academic program. The faculty and staff of Hawthorn sets high expectations inside and outside the classroom and provides the academic and developmental support to reach those expectations.

At Hawthorn, we realize that supporting the "whole girl" is essential to our students’ growth and development into competent, confident young women. We have the people and structures in place to meet girls where they are and work with them to build self-esteem, healthy relationships and to make good choices.

Building a community of sisterhood begins each day with Morning Meeting, including announcements, presentations, student performances, and recognition. From "Way To Go Wednesday!" to "Thursday Book Talks" to "Friday Fun Days", our time together allows us to have fun, learn and grow as a community outside of the classroom. The culture extends beyond the school day to a wide range of unique after school activities, including robotics, dance, and chess.

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Hawthorn's curriculum has a particular focus on STEM: science, technology, engineering and math to best prepare our students for the career opportunities of the future and to aim to close the STEM gender gap. Beginning in middle school, the curriculum includes two periods of math, as well as introductory programming. The STEM courses are typically taught from an interdisciplinary approach and required work is complete within project teams, similar to real world work environments.

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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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