Award Year: 2015

Hawks Rise Elementary School

205 Meadow Ridge Drive
Tallahassee, FL, 32312-1565

(850) 487-4733

Mrs. Evy A Friend, Principal at time of Nomination

Leon County Schools

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To help each student become a lifelong learner, inspired with creativity, equipped to be a critical thinker, problem solver, decision maker and responsible citizen.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 13%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Top 10 readers in fourth grade at our Reading Celebration

Top 10 readers in fourth grade at our Reading Celebration

Hawks Rise Elementary School’s motto “Where education soars and dreams rise!” continues to hold true today. As a previous National Blue Ribbon School in 2000-2001, Hawks Rise has been recognized for its academic excellence, enhancing our ability to retain and recruit quality educators. Community support and pride is evident with parents and business partners providing funding for technological upgrades for our school.

A diverse student population has led to a rich atmosphere of learning in which differences are respected and celebrated. Students are encouraged to share their heritage and school-wide events are held to honor and recognize various cultures. These events encompassed parents and students in native dress, posters and displays of toys, books, and celebrations in their cultures.

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and parental support is very strong. This strong volunteer base contributes to the academic excellence of the school. The PTO coordinates business partnerships and Share Nights, provides mentors for students, organizes and supports school-wide activities for our students and families throughout the year.

Reading and math interventions are provided during the school day to address student deficits. All teachers in each grade level plan together and problem-solve the most effective method of delivering instruction. Our school improvement plan focuses on the use of problem-solving and critical thinking skills to enhance learning.

With the mission and vision of Hawks Rise clearly articulated and implemented among stakeholders, Hawks Rise continues to meet the challenge of preparing students to reach their full potential, rising and soaring above the rest!