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Hawthorne Elementary

Dekalb County Schools

About Us

About Hawthorne Elementary

Bus Rider Drop-off: 7:00 am
Car Rider Drop-off: 7:10 am
Tardy Bell: 7:40 am

The mission of HES is to establish a partnership between home and school that maximizes students’ potential to succeed. We strive to provide engaging learning opportunities in a safe and caring environment, and to encourage partnerships between parents, staff, students, and community. 
To engage all members of the HES family to build a cohesive team focused on meaningful learning and leadership opportunities for students and staff with the goal of becoming life-long thinkers and learners.

Discovery Program (Gifted)
Advanced Studies based on G.P.A. and norm-referenced test scores. At HES Discovery students are served in grades K-5.
At Hawthorne Elementary, our school motto is “Celebrating the uniqueness and differences in all people”.  We recognize the benefits of diversity and we bring a positive awareness to our individual, cultural, and ethnic differences in all that we do.  

School-Wide Co-Taught Setting

 HES population consists of special education students with a variety of exceptionalities.  The majority of these students are included in the general education classroom for at least 80% of their instructional day.  Our co-taught classrooms are staffed with a full-time general education and special education teacher. Additionally, a paraprofessional may be assigned as appropriate.


Hawthorne ES is equipped with 400 chromebooks, 80 surface 2 tablets, 10 Ipads, and 20 imacs. Hawthorne students have a 1 to 1 student to tablet ratio.

After-School Extended Day Program (ASEDP)  

The ASED program provides dynamic after-school enrichment with a variety of programs (sports, hip hop, robotics and coding) and is designed to support and expand student interests.  

Certified S.T.E.MSchool an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM Schools encourage students to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science and technology. Students with STEM education will be at an advantage when competing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future and in  turn benefit the greater economy. HES received our AdvancED STEM Certification in 2017.This internationally recognized achievement is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education as a path to success.

Makerspace Lab 

Envision a space where ideas materialize. A space where creativity abounds, inspiration flourishes, experience transfers and the future is created today, this is a Makerspace.  

School Creed 
I believe I can achieve and succeed at anything I set out to do.
I know what I do today will influence what I become tomorrow.
I will be a good listener.
I will not hinder my own or my classmates' learning in any way.
I am smart.
I am unique.
I have potential.
It's my decision: I CAN LEARN. I WILL LEARN.