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Next Generation Experiences

Immersive Learning Experiences

At the core of our educational philosophy is the cultivation of lifelong learners. We believe that true learning extends beyond the walls of a classroom and continues throughout an individual's life. To lay this foundation, we focus on providing immersive learning experiences that are critical in equipping students with the ability to dive deeply into a variety of topics. These experiences are meticulously designed to foster not only academic skills like critical thinking and creativity but also to instill a genuine connection and understanding of the world they inhabit.

But learning isn't merely an intellectual endeavor; it's a holistic one. Our approach aims to reach and serve the 'whole child,' focusing on aspects beyond academic achievement. We strive to create an environment where every student feels healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. This is a multifaceted endeavor that encompasses emotional well-being, physical health, social integration, and mental stimulation. A safe and supportive environment encourages risk-taking and mitigates the fear of failure, essential components of an engaged learning experience. In addition, by providing tailored support, we aim to meet the individual learning needs of each student, allowing them to be challenged at a level appropriate to their skills and potential.

By living these rich, hands-on educational experiences, students are not just meeting curricular goals; they are learning essential life skills like resilience, collaboration, and empathy. They are learning to navigate and adapt to different situations and challenges, preparing them for the ever-evolving global landscape that awaits them. Our aim is not just to produce successful students, but well-rounded individuals who are equipped to contribute meaningfully to their communities and the broader world.

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it." — Thomas Edison



At Hawthorn, we are deeply committed to harnessing the power of STEM education to cultivate creative problem-solvers and inspire lifelong learners. 

Through our implementation of the Project Lead the Way curriculum, we offer a dynamic environment where intellectual curiosity is nurtured, and individual passions can flourish. Our STEM programs are incubators of innovation where students have the time, space, and resources to explore interests ranging from 3D design, to coding and programming, to medical science.

Hawthorn's STEM education is not just a subject; it's a launchpad for our students to make meaningful contributions to our ever-changing world. 



Our libraries equip students and staff to explore new ideas and enhance their learning. Curiosity is fostered. Students better understand and contribute to our world. 

Over the next few years, the library spaces in each of our buildings will be revamped to meet the needs of students and staff. The libraries will be flexible and adaptable to many different uses. Hawthorn libraries will be an inviting space to read, explore, and learn.



We are excited to share that Hawthorn School District 73 is looking into starting new eSports programs. This effort aims to give students a fun way to build teamwork, think strategically, and become more comfortable with technology. 

Whether through intramural middle school competitions or special events scattered throughout the academic year, we're in the early stages of designing programs that will be both engaging and educational. As with our other curricular offerings, our new eSports endeavor represents yet another way for Hawthorn students to explore, connect, and grow in a world rich with diverse opportunities.