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At Hawthorne Elementary we inspire, challenge, and empower our students in grades PK - 5 through the love of learning by mastering the basics as they develop their own skills and interests. We promote high expectations while working together with parents and the Lorain community to develop students to their full potential.


  • All Day Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Comprehensive services for students who are identified as Gifted
  • Free Breakfast, Lunch, and a Snack
  • Free shuttle to health appointments at our health clinic at Washington Elementary School
  • Innovative and responsive methods for teaching students of all abilities
  • 1:1 technology for all students
  • Celebrations of student achievements
  • Special Education services for students of all ability levels
  • Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education
  • Dance and Project Lead the Way


Hawthorne Elementary opened in August of 2010 and is named for 19th Century American author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American short story writer and novelist. His short stories include "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" (1832), "Roger Malvin's Burial" (1832), "Young Goodman Brown" (1835) and the collection Twice-Told Tales. He is best known for his novels The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851). His use of allegory and symbolism make Hawthorne one of the most studied writers.  Hawthorne's works belong to the cultural movement called romanticism. His novels and short stories are cautionary tales.  Many of his works are inspired by Puritan New England. The new Hawthorne Elementary replaced a former building bearing the same name, which opened as a Junior High School in 1922.