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.

Enrichment Activities

Hawthorn offers a wide array of activities to complement our academic program and enrich our students’ school experience.  These programs are offered during Advisory (the last class of the day) from 2:25–3:39.

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

This fall the following activities are offered:

  • African Drumming with Kunama and Springboard. 
     Join Kunama Mtendaji on an exciting journey exploring the rhythmic textures of African and Caribbean percussion through social dance and music.

  • Art with Craft Alliance.
     An Introduction to Art.  Painting, drawing and some 3D art.

  • Chess with STL Chess Club
  • Color Wheel with Springboard.
     Color Wheel Connections Bookmaking Unit uses the artist’s color wheel as a metaphor to encourage children to contemplate their similarities and differences as human beings

  • Field Hockey
  • Girl Scouts
  • GlobalHack.
     The Youth Coding League is a twelve-week competitive coding program for middle school students. Student teams work along with school-based coaches to prepare for a final, spectator-friendly coding competition at the end of the season, learning computer programming basics along the way. Industry mentors, typically current software developers, are also available to provide additional support and guidance to League teams.

  • Golf with First Tee
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Robotics
  • Writer's Guild.
     Students will work with published author, Ms. Hadley, writing an original piece of work. They will learn the mechanics and tools involved in writing and publishing a book. Publications of The Hawk's Nest Anthologies can be purchased on Amazon as a fundraiser for Hawthorn here.  

  • Yearbook (assist Terri Napier from WU)

For more details on enrichment activities, please see Mrs. Sedgwick in the Student Support Office.

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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