About Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School

Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School opened in 1977 with the aim of exploring social justice principles and French language learning in a public school setting. Today, we share a home with Essex Public School near Christie Pits Park.

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: 

1. Second-language learning: Research shows the many cognitive benefits of early exposure to a second language. Our French program begins in JK and emphasizes accessible and authentic oral communication. 

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 an ongoing partnership with Essex Public School. All kinds of families are welcome at Hawthorne. 

Through mutual collaboration with students, teachers, parents, our neighbourhood, and beyond, we aim to help children build self-awareness, empathy, and critical thinking skills as they navigate a complex world. We welcome all families to partner with us as we learn and evolve together!

Hawthorne In Person Open House will be held on January 18, 2024 from 6 – 7 pm