Ann Tisch, founder of the Young Women's Leadership Network, reflects on the past 20 years and looks to future. From starting the first Young Women's Leadership School and all the backlash that came with opening an all girls school to opening its newest affiliate in Wilmington, NC, Ann Tisch knows the work is still as relevant today as it was then.
Stephanie Zeilenga wrote a piece for Town & Style about Hawthorn and what we hope to accomplish through our STEM-focused education, real-world applications to classroom lessons, and support of our girls to become strong leaders.
Maurice Ashley, the first black chess grandmaster, is inducted into the Chess Hall of Fame and makes it his mission to break down barriers of circumstance for kids of color, including launching a chess club program at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls.
Being the principal of a new school comes with a never-ending list of things to do. On any given day, Dr. Wiens needs to communicate with teachers, students, and parents, providing each group with the support they need to create the best learning environment possible. Read this article about how the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls empowers the next generation of leaders with the use of technology and other strategies for success.
ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Eight new charter schools open this school year in St. Louis city, with one focusing on science and technology for girls. Mayor Francis Slay kicked off the school year at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls.
Imagine a hallway filled with girls chatting excitedly as they prepare for class, all dressed in matching uniforms, their hair thrown into ponytails without much thought. There are no boys to impress or distract; the focus is on the day's science and engineering classes, or after-school robotics club.
Shirley Washington, on The Pulse of St. Louis, takes a closer look at Hawthorn, its curriculum and its mission as she interviews four important members of the Hawthorn Community.
Mary Stillman (Founder), Dr. Robyn Wiens (Principal), Jaz Humphries (Student), and Michele Humphries (Parent)
Gateway to Innovation, the premier annual conference for regional IT professionals, presented cash awards to six non-profit and educational organizations supporting technology initiatives during a special event hosted by the St. Louis Regional Chamber. Gateway to Innovation will be attended by more than 1,300 regional IT professionals April 29, 2015 at America's Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis.
Danforth and Stillman have set out to make a difference by opening their own schools. The pair is making investments of time and money in St. Louis education and driving other business leaders to do the same. Danforth, a graduate of St. Louis Country Day School, and Stillman, a graduate of Holton Arms School for Girls in Bethesda, Maryland, know the value of a good education.
In just a few months, the halls of an old St. Louis school building will once again ring with the sound of children's voices. Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is set to open this fall at the corner of North Kingshighway & Cote Brilliante.
The expansion is one of eight new charter schools tuition-free, public schools run independently of public district control that are slated to open this fall. If students fill the 2,000 extra seats, St. Louis charter schools could reach a record enrollment of more than 11,700 students.
It was the largest charter school admissions fair to date in St. Louis, where eight new independent public schools are expected to open this fall: four elementary, two middle and one high school, plus an all-girls middle and high school that will focus on science, technology, engineering and math education.
Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, has set its sights on an old school building in the Kingsway West neighborhood as the spot for Missouri's first, single-gender public school.
Nikki Doughty, MSW14, worked in politics and education in Atlanta and St. Louis for 10 years before she hit a ceiling. I had practical experience, but I needed further academic and professional training to achieve my goal to improve urban education, she says. After putting myself through undergraduate and graduate school earlier, I knew I couldn't afford further education without financial support. A scholarship to the Brown School changed my life.
The St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) is pleased to announce $110,000 in grants to thirty worthy organizations throughout the region. These grants, from the It's Our Region Fund, reflect the RBC's philanthropic commitment to improve the quality of life for all St. Louisans.
Mary Danforth Stillman plans to open an all-girls charter school in north or central St. Louis in August 2015. Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, which will eventually enroll 500 girls, would be the first of its kind in the region and state, said Stillman, daughter of Sen. John Danforth and niece of former Washington University Chancellor William H. Danforth.
2019 Cool Women/Hot Jobs Career Fair At Hawthorn's annual Cool Women/Hot Jobs Career Fair, our middle school students rotate in small groups among the 35+ presenters from different backgrounds, industries, and positions. Each year we gather a wonderful group of women to inspire our students by sharing their stories and information about their careers because "You can't be what you can't see".
Dear Future Self As Hawthorn girls begin to enter high school and look toward their future, we asked the student body to write themselves a letter to be entered into a time capsule to be opened at graduation. Listen to the girls give themselves advice and imagine what life will be like as a senior leaving Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls.
Rising Up Ceremony 2017 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. In 2017, our Rising Up Ceremony celebrated the achievements of our graduating class.
A Day at Hawthorn Leadership School For Girls Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is a nurturing and supportive environment for a diverse group of adolescent girls. Explore what a day in the life of a Hawthorn girl looks like, and what our students enjoy most about attending school here.
We are Hawthorn 2015-16 Hawthorn opened in 2015 with 120 6th and 7th grade girls and 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'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. Watch our students and faculty members reflect on the founding year at Hawthorn.
Dance Off To Reading Hawthorn Girls dance to spread awareness about illiteracy in the United States through movement. Dance and music were inspired by "When Marian Sang".
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.