At Hawthorn we understand that our support of the “whole girl” is essential to our students’ growth and development. Our student support team works with our girls and their families to meet the individual needs of each student.
Hawthorn’s Dean of Student Life and Community Affairs focuses on building a positive school culture with a special emphasis on our core values of integrity and joy. The Dean and Assistant Dean work with the rest of the faculty and staff to develop the students’ leadership skills and opportunities for celebrating success. As a new school, Hawthorn has the privilege of designing new traditions and our Spirit Week, Founders Day, VIP Breakfast, Student Ambassadors, 4.0 Club, Field Day and many more have already earned a place in the school’s traditions and celebrations.
The Dean and Assistant Dean, along with the Principal, also manage student discipline issues using a restorative justice model and positive behavior intervention and support.
Hawthorn’s full time school social worker provides support to students and families on an individual basis and oversees outside counseling providers. The social worker also manages an array of resources available to our students such as dental and vision screening. She coordinates services for students who are covered by the McKinney Vento Act.
The Deans of Student Life and the Social Worker work with the faculty to create a strong and meaningful Advisory Program. 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.
Hawthorn’s Special Education team provide extra academic support for students with individualized approaches designed to ensure academic success. Our SPED teachers push in to classes and also pull students out to work one-on-one or in small group settings. They coordinate with the faculty, administration and students’ families to provide the best support to our students.
Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday for students on an as-needed basis. Each teacher holds tutoring hours one day after school and Washington University students from the Each One Teach One program supplement the teachers after school. In addition, several volunteers work with students during the day to strengthen reading and math skills.