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About Elementary South

Hawthorn Elementary South School, located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, is a first through fifth grade building serving approximately 490 students. We celebrate the diversity of our students, who speak more than 30 different languages and come together each day to learn and grow together. At Hawthorn, we truly believe that all children can learn at high levels. We provide masterful learning activities in which students explore and deeply engage with content in a joyful, exciting manner. We believe there is nothing more important than growing the whole child by combining robust academics with a full social emotional curriculum. It is our collective responsibility to connect with each and every child in a way that motivates and inspires our students to achieve academic and social emotional growth.

Our Vision:

At Hawthorn Elementary South, we envision a community that celebrates diversity where students feel safe, accepted, and valued in a supportive and positive environment. We empower students to become independent, respectful lifelong learners. In partnership with our community, we will nurture the needs of our students so every child will reach their full potential.

Our Commitments to Students and Families:

Create a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive environment for students, staff, and families.

Cultivate high expectations for all through student centered best practices and data driven decisions.

Value students’ unique learning styles, abilities, strengths, and attributes. 

Provide all students opportunities to develop a growth mindset and become advocates for their own learning.

Foster an environment where teachers use collaborative practices to support student growth both academically and social-emotionally.


Hawthorn District 73 Mission

It is the mission of Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73 to ensure learning for all.

2019 National Blue Ribbon School Awardee 

Seal for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award