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) â€“ 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 dayâ€™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 Americaâ€™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 â€” 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 â€” tuition-free, public schools run independently of public district control â€” that are slated to open this fall. If students fill the 2,000 extra seats, St. Louisâ€™ 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 Missouriâ€™s first, single-gender public school.
Nikki Doughty, MSWâ€™14, worked in politics and education in Atlanta and St. Louis for 10 years before she hit a ceiling. â€œI had practical experience, but I needed further academic and professional training to achieve my goal to improve urban education,â€ she says. â€œAfter putting myself through undergraduate and graduate school earlier, I knew I couldnâ€™t afford further education without financial support. A scholarship to the Brown School changed my life.â€
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 Itâ€™s Our Region Fund, reflect the RBCâ€™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.
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.