About our School

Hawthorne Elementary “Soars to New Heights” at our beautiful campus located just off of historic Victoria Avene. We are committed to providing our students with high quality instruction aligned with the California Common Core State Standards, opportunities to explore areas of strength and interest, and programs that enhance the educational experience. We believe that instruction in the arts is an important part of a well-rounded educational program. Digital citizenship is also a critical component of an educational program that ensures students are college- or career-ready when they graduate from high school. Through our teacher-developed ARTECH program, all students enjoy lessons that integrate the arts with other subjects such as history, science, and English language arts. ARTECH also supports our commitment to the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Personalized Learning, AVID Elementary, and the after-school HEARTS program also add to the richness of opportunity available at Hawthorne. 
Originally founded in 1923, the school was called Independiente School and was located at 9127 Indiana Avenue. In 1959, the school was rebuilt and renamed Hawthorne Elementary School. Our new facility, located at 2700 Irving Street, was completed in January 2008. Hawthorne is now fully equipped with SmartBoards, ceiling-mounted projectors, wireless access, and student devices at all grades, Hawthorne offers a strong learning program supported by online resources and extensive technology hardward for students and teachers.
School Facts:
  • Mascot – Hawk
  • Colors – Green and Gold
  • Named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous 19th century writer
  • Motto – “Soaring to New Heights”
Outstanding Programs:
  • Personalized Learning 
  • AVID Elementary
  • State Funded Preschools
  • HEARTS After-School Program
Community Partnerships:
  • Fritts Ford
  • Kaiser Permanente: “Steps to Health”
  • American Red Cross: “Jump Rope for Heart” 
  • Altura Credit Union
  • Bud’s Tire Pros
  • Elephant Bar Restaurant
  • Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant
  • Hawthorne’s Parent Teacher Association, (PTA)

Awards and Honors:
  • Next Generation RUSD Personalized Learning Grant 2014 and 2015
  • Sweepstakes Winner of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Campus Award


  •  Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Campus Award, (2002)

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