Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative Junior School's Mission Statement
At Hawthorne, we strive to cultivate life-long learners and active citizens through the principles of communication, critical thinking, creativity, compassion, and community. We follow the Ontario elementary school curriculum from the framework of the following three pillars: second language learning, nature-based learning, and social justice.
1. Second-language learning: Our oral-based French program begins in JK with a 50/50 French/English day and reduces to approximately 30% of the day from grades 1-6.
2. Nature-based learning is integrated every day into classroom programmes and focuses on exploration, problem-solving, and STEAM subjects. By engaging with nature and outdoor spaces in our urban environment, students develop physical literacy, self-identity, and social and mental well-being.
3. Community and social justice learning at Hawthorne takes place through collaboration and relationship-building among students across the different grades, parental involvement in decision-making and school activities, and through our ongoing partnerships with Essex PS.
More Information About Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative Junior School
As a small school (Hawthorne) housed in a larger school (Essex), we benefit from close relationships with the staff, students, and parents at Essex PS. Sharing resources and ideas between both schools is a natural and important part of what makes our two schools such a peaceful and productive place for students.
Application for Hawthorne Alternative
- Early Reading Intervention Program
- Band Insturction in Grades 4-6
- ECO Team/Garden Club
- Running Club
- First Lego League Robotics Club
- Drama/School Musical