Mission, Vision, and Philosophy
A free Public Charter School that focuses on the teaching methodology of the International Baccalaureate program and strives for high academic achievement.
We have two campuses: our West Jordan campus serves students in kindergarten through ninth grade, while our South Jordan serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade. We currently serve 180 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, 104 students in seventh grade, 90 students in eighth grade, and 85 students in ninth grade.
OUR MISSION is to provide an exciting and enabling learning environment where students will develop a desire to explore and understand the world around them; be inspired to set and reach personal goals, and become lifelong seekers of knowledge. We will provide challenging academics utilizing a proven methodology that will foster students who are responsible citizens, intellectually capable, and competitive in every aspect of society. Students will develop self-respect and self-discipline in a safe and supportive environment.
Hawthorn Academy provides a safe environment where inquiry-based and data-driven differentiated instruction fosters confident, independent learners who will become balanced, productive, and contributing members of a global society.
Hawthorn Academy believes that our primary mission is three-fold; 1) to engender a true "love of learning" in our students, 2) to address the needs of the "whole child", and 3) to provide a world-class educational foundation that prepares students for life. Our teaching methodologies and Program of Instruction are geared towards achieving this three-fold mission. The framework for our Comprehensive Program of Instruction is built around the selection of best-in-class curriculum, from respected and proven publishers, combined with the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) as a teaching methodology that serves as an overlay to our curriculum. Our curriculum is also designed to be compliant with the Utah State Core Curriculum.
Our instructional methods are focused on in-class activities, content, teaching methods and homework that are congruent with the IB philosophy. As a result, the student experience is more focused on system inquiry and Socratic methods more than rote memorization, repetition and "kill and drill" methods.
Rather than a lot of busy work, homework is purposeful with the express objective of 1) teaching children to be responsible, 2) engaging parents in the learning process, and 3) reinforcing classroom learning. We believe that most children have an innate love of learning. We want to reinforce their natural desire to question, probe, understand, and then enhance these traits by teaching them how to execute practical application of what they have learned outside of the classroom. We also want them to develop a life-long love of learning that doesn't fizzle out during the educational experience.
Why consider Hawthorn Academy?
Hawthorn Academy was created to offer a continuum of high-quality education that encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude toward learning. The core values and principles that drive this objective are heavy community involvement and ownership, IB teaching method, challenging curriculum strategies, small teacher-to-student ratios, and strong accountability among the students, teachers and parents. Hawthorn Academy is working toward International Baccalaureate Accreditation during the first few years of operation.
In today's society, there is a great need to have knowledge and education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM. Hawthorn Academy is devoted to offering students a broad background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With the world becoming more dependent on technology, students who have educations in STEM will be further ahead in their college educations as well as the work force. Higher paid professions are always found in the STEM fields. Hawthorn's focus to provide the best education to the primary and middle years education in STEM will give our students the cutting edge they need to enter into higher educations in these fields.
School Goals for Student Learning
I. Responsible Citizens to ensure a safe community
A. Demonstrates integrity by showing respect for self and others
B. Demonstrates initiative and self discipline
C. Demonstrates honesty
D. Demonstrates open mindedness through teamwork, and flexibility
II. Reflective Learners
A. Demonstrates commitment to objectives
B. Critical thinking to solve problems
III. Effective Communicators
A. Written communication skills
B. Speaking skills
C. Listening skills
D. Comprehension skills
IV. Knowledgeable Thinkers and Reasoners
A. Pursuing, acquiring, organizing, and evaluating information to make knowledgeable decisions