Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Why the Hawthorn Model Works

Who: Hawthorn is open to all girls who live in the City of St. Louis. Our students come from 15 different zip codes and over 50 different elementary schools. Hawthorn is an affiliate of the Young Women’s Leadership Network; Washington University serves as the school’s sponsor.

What: Hawthorn is a charter public school – the only single-sex public school in Missouri! Our curriculum has a special focus on STEM. Students take courses in Engineering, Computer Science, Maker Space, and Coding. Teachers weave technology throughout their instruction. Leadership opportunities abound and Hawthorn’s young women are encouraged and supported in finding their voice, offering their ideas and opinions, advocating for themselves and others, and taking on formal and informal leadership roles. Hawthorn students wear uniforms.

When: Hawthorn opened in 2015. Our first graduates will be the founding class of Class of 2021!

Where: Located in a gracious renovated space on North Kingshighway, our building provides modern learning spaces that support our academic and co-curricular programs. Well-equipped science labs and a Maker Space allow students to experiment and explore.

How: Hawthorn’s all-girl environment empowers young women to become leaders in their communities and careers. Our students exercise their voice in an environment that encourages them to speak up, speak out and contribute. Hands-on, innovative curriculum and instruction ties to real-world problems, making learning active and relevant.

Why: Our students deserve access to a high quality, innovative academic program. Single-sex education has traditionally been available only to those who could afford it. Hawthorn is open to all girls who live in St. Louis. Hawthorn is preparing our students for college and careers while building a pipeline of professionals equipped for success in STEM. Through the years, Hawthorn will graduate class after class of young women who will be agents of change in our community.

Watch the video below to see "The Power of All-Girls Schools."

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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