Pursuit of Excellence in Education

Pursuit of Excellence in Education


The commitment to academic excellence results in a program for acquiring knowledge, honing skills and analyzing the connections of different disciplines and fields of study. In keeping with the tradition of a Classical Liberal Arts curriculum including the Sciences, a Hawthorn education is not limited to the basics of who, what, when and where. Rather, this know-how acts as a catalyst for determining the fundamental truths of life and our human existence, our place in history and what changes we can affect in the world. Moreover, because Hawthorn’s founding principles are inspired by the Catholic faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church, the human drive towards excellence is directed to the service of others, for the glory and love of God.

Hawthorn strives to build well-rounded young women through a classical liberal arts curriculum that is university preparatory. The three main aims of the academic program are:  to build cultural literacy, develop critical reasoning skills, and aid in the growth of virtue. A strong foundation of language arts and mathematics is emphasized in Lower School. In the Upper School, mandatory courses in Philosophy, Latin, Ethics and World History round out the Language, Math, Science, and Arts programs.

Classical Liberal Arts Education

Recognizing the existence of fundamental truths, the understanding of which are necessary for a meaningful life, Hawthorn School adopted a core curriculum based on the classical liberal arts tradition.

At Hawthorn we emphasize respect for the dignity of each individual and enable students to realize their full potential. The curriculum aims at excellence, not an excellence which is marked by good grades, but one which is reflected in each student’s ability to think critically, reason logically and intelligently, and express herself clearly and persuasively.

The pursuit of academic excellence is very much in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Students learn, through theory and practice, to exercise the virtues in their lives – at home, in school, at work and in the greater community.