The Mentor Program serves as the cornerstone of Hawthorn’s Character Education Program. Mentoring affords each student the opportunity to work with a trusted and experienced mentor on the different things in which she can improve, as she relates to her family at home, teachers and classmates in school, does her work and deals with the challenges life may present her.
Each student is unique, with her own set of strengths and weaknesses. Mentors recognize this and, through mentoring, help each student to determine what they need to do in order to work well, identify things to be improved on, and develop a stronger character in the course of doing ordinary and everyday things.
Virtues are good habits. As habits, they need constant practice and application in all aspects of one’s daily life.
Open and regular communication between mentors and parents allow for better understanding of both sides as they work towards the common goal of helping the student become a better person as a whole.
In both the Lower and Upper Schools, each student (grades 1 – 12) is assigned a mentor from among the Hawthorn staff at the beginning of the academic year, with whom she meets regularly. Mentors make every reasonable effort to be available to their mentees when they need assistance or to discuss particular concerns they may have. Parent-Mentor meetings are officially scheduled twice a year, as well as at the parents’ request or as necessary.
In the Junior School, each family (PS, JK & SK) is assigned a mentor from among the Hawthorn staff at the beginning of the academic year. Meetings between Junior School parents and their mentors are also officially scheduled twice a year, as well as at the parents’ request or as necessary.
Mentoring sessions will include determining personal goals for each mentee, depending on what their particular situation or circumstances may be.