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Hawthorne is located just south of East Washington Ave. midway between Highway 30 and Highway 51.

Class Size

The SAGE (Student Achievement Guarantee in Education)  will keep kindergarten through third grade classes at 15 or fewer students. The average class size for grades 4 & 5 is 24 and enrollment is at 401. Full and part-time staff number 82.

Achievement Scores

Hawthorne school consistently meets the high standards required by Wisconsin's implementation plan under the . Average school attendance exceeds the district's average of 94% and is one of the highest elementary attendance rates in the district.


The library media center has an online catalog which students and staff can access throughout the building. E-mail is available for students.

Advanced Learners

The goal for Advanced Learners is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.

Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. These opportunities may include differentiation within the classroom or additional supplemental enrichment learning.

Advanced Learners programming may occur in the classroom, or in other settings. Programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs.

Special Classes

Teacher specialists provide regular instruction in visual arts, music and physical education. REACH (Reinforcement and Enrichment for All Children) instruction is technology based. 

Hawthorne also has a "Maker Space" where creativity is encouraged.

Other Programs

Hawthorne offers a Reading Interventionist; a Math Interventionist, special education services, English as a Second Language (ESL) programming and support services provided by the psychologist, nurse, social worker, and speech and language clinicians.

School Climate

Safety Is Always A Priority

Your child's safety is always a priority at Hawthorne. Parents and students gave high ratings for school safety in the annual Madison School Transportation and Hawthorne School Climate Surveys. All students are taught the Student Anti-Victimization (S.A.V.E) curriculum annually. Safety is at the core of the Hawthorne Elementary Discipline Plan.

A neighborhood "Helping Hand" program, School Safety Patrol and adult crossing guards insure student safety to and from school.

Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution

Peaceful problem solving and conflict resolution strategies are a school-wide priority at Hawthorne. The Second Step Anti-Violence curriculum teaches students appropriate conflict resolution skills. Hawthorne's "Above the Line" program focuses on teaching procedures and routines tied to the four student goal statements: I am a learner, I am responsible, I am respectful, I am safe.


University Partnerships

Hawthorne maintains a close collaboration with the UW-Madison School of Education, one of the top-ranked education schools in the country. Hawthorne staff promote and provide quality teacher education for future teachers and ongoing learning for professional staff. Many of our student teacher supervisors are recognized each year by the University for their exemplary work.

Working with the UW Center of Biology Education and Edgewood College, fourth and fifth grade students conduct original science research and study the culture of science.

Community Partnerships

Hawthorne has partnerships with several businesses including American Family Insurance, and Demco. These businesses provide volunteer mentors who come to Hawthorne once a week and spend quality time with their "special" student. Through the United Way of Dane County, Hawthorne receives a half-time Vista Volunteer to recruit and coordinate volunteer efforts. Please call 204-2500 and ask for the Vista coordinator to volunteer. All volunteers are given a background check before they are allowed to work with our students. 

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) provides community volunteers in many ways. The FLIP (Friendly Listeners Intergenerational Program) matches seniors with students who call one another either because the student is home alone after school or would like to develop a friendship with a senior. RSVP also provides tutors and mentors. \


Through the work of a dedicated parent endowment committee, Hawthorne has its own endowment. Interest from the endowment is used to fund school projects.

You Are Always Welcome At Hawthorne Elementary School!

Hawthorne parents feel connected to the school. The principal and staff are accessible to parents. Learning at Hawthorne is considered a partnership. We encourage parents to take an active role in their child's school program. Parents, students and teachers work together to set learning goals for the year. Parents can volunteer in classrooms and can lend their time and talents to support learning in many ways.

School Tours are welcomed. Please call in advance to arrange an appointment at 204-2500.

We encourage you to talk with parents of our students to learn more about our school. Please see the Principal/Parent Contact information on this web site for current names and phone numbers.