We’ve got a lot going on at The Hawbridge School in 2023. As we enter our admissions season, we celebrate some of the best of what we are doing to serve students and families.
As always, our faculty-designed Hawbridge model involves differentiated, individualized instruction to foster academic, behavioral, emotional and social development; interdisciplinary teaching; outdoor and place-based education; and most importantly, sustaining a community where everyone feels appreciated and included.
We have engaged with Peaceful Schools NC to develop and teach, across grade levels, a restorative practice model for healthy social relationships based on personal responsibility and preventive, proactive behavior practices in the classroom.
Students are thriving academically; Hawbridge boasts an 85% college attendance rate for recent graduates, with 70% attending four-year institutions. A strong percentage of graduates enter thriving trades or enter military service. The upper school offers six Advanced Placement courses in person, with access to more options online, and thirteen honors-level courses. Our juniors’ composite ACT scores average almost four points above the state average.
Extracurricular programs include a full slate of student-initiated clubs, student-directed micro-enterprises and internships that give students hands-on business experience in craft-making, theater, and organic gardening. Hawbridge Sports allows students in grades 6 through 12 to compete in soccer, cross country, volleyball, and basketball.
Hawbridge Arts programs include excellent multimedia visual arts classes for grades K through 12 including pottery, mixed media, digital design, drawing, and painting. Theater classes are available for both upper and lower school students, and after a hiatus we hope to return to an Upper School-wide spring production this year. Arts in the curriculum is emphasized at both upper and lower school levels; teachers of classes incorporate artistic and dramatic work as well as rigorous oral presentation into their regular lessons.
Hawbridge Outdoors offers a time-honored series of elective weekend hiking, camping, canoeing, and biking trips, and classes are available in horticulture, outdoor leadership, and outdoor skills. Physical education classes include canoeing, hiking, and basic outdoor safety lessons. The Haw River and tributary Motes Creek border the lower and upper schools respectively and are features of our outdoor education curriculum. Outdoor-related clubs include archaeology, hiking, jogging, and sports.
PASTA — our parent, administrator, student, and teacher association — supports classroom and extracurricular activities, funds teacher appreciation initiatives, organizes parent meetings and family events, supports school culture, and provides access to all Hawbridge has to offer for all students. Hawbridge relies on our broader community for a safe, inclusive, and enriching learning environment.
We’re growing! We opened our new 7-12 upper school building in 2022, with 40,000 square feet of instructional and common spaces and grounds bordering Motes Creek with room for gardens, outdoor classrooms, and recreation. We’ve been raising funds for a playground across the drive from the lower school, which is under development now and will feature almost two acres of open and wooded play spaces with student-requested structures for climbing, music-making, artistic and imaginative play!
We have an Open House on February 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at both buildings: 1735 (K-6) and 1820 (7-12) Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road.
Join us to discuss our programs, tour our buildings, and learn more about our student-centered mission!
Lottery applications now open online.