Award Year 2016
- Black/African American: 11%
- White: 4%
- Hispanic: 73%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 11%
- ELL: 3%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 77%
Hawthorne Math and Science Academy has been a public charter high school in the community of Hawthorne, California since 2003. All incoming ninth graders attend Summer Bridge, a week-long program that includes a College Planning module aimed to help students gain understanding about the importance of grades, especially in A-G courses for college admission. A Transition Specialist was added to address the academic and social-emotional needs of ninth graders and credit-deficient 10th graders through individual learning plans and a weekly peer mentoring program. The Counseling Department facilitates grade-level workshops that cover graduation requirements, time management, test-taking strategies, goal setting, college planning, career planning, and social-emotional health. To assist parents with limited experience in navigating the education system, HMSA leadership hosts a parent academy to guide them toward how to best support their child to be college ready.
HMSA has fostered relationships with a variety of organizations to give students experiences that may influence their career paths. Students explore STEM careers through Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) hosted by USC. Musical talent is developed and encouraged through SLAM!, a performing arts program facilitated by UCLA music students. SpaceX is located in the community and has sponsored a hands-on design and engineering course for students, and hosts student tours of their facilities. Students also participate in LifeSail, a program in which students are mentored to design, construct, and sail an 8-foot boat. Entrepreneurship is nurtured through student participation in the Business Plan Challenge sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).