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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 520 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.

Each year, we embrace a different school-wide theme that helps bring our community together to build a positive climate and culture. This ensures all members of our community feel connected to our school and experience a safe, supportive environment. Themes such as peace, balance, growth mindset, metacognition, and many more inspire our students, staff and families each year. Our theme for the 2021-2022 school year is…”You Belong Here: We are glad you are here, We care about you, and you are here to achieve.” Through this theme, we want every student to know they belong and will achieve whatever they set their minds to each and every day. 

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