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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Hawthorne Math & Science Academy is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Hawthorne, CA. It has 561 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

Hawthorne Math & Science Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1140
186 responses
Average ACT
23
116 responses
AP Enrollment
41%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$50,948
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,188
National
$949
Median Home Value
$499,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Multicultural Day
    28%
  • Nationball/Spirit Week
    26%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Winter Formal
    8%
  • If one is in a sport, game day is always great.
    6%
  • Our school dances weren't that fun.
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
561
Free or Reduced Lunch
82%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$107,857
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,935/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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I attended this high school from 2013-2017. Overall my experience was good, I made friends and discovered my passion for majoring in STEM, because of strong foundations that were built here. Their disciplinary system played a role in my college readiness. I would encourage to keep it, but advise to tone it down when it comes to less important subjects such as PE. Their PE requirements were tough because of the state California fitness exam. I think they should train students, but not push them to their limits for physical education. I also wish there was more diversity in the elective courses offered to juniors and seniors. Introducing college-level GE classes, that could possibly be taught after school would be another suggestion I would give for improvement. I also believe that students should be exposed to more jobs in the STEM field since that is the purpose of the academy. Forming career goals early on, lead students to navigate their time through university easier.
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HMSA is an ideal school if you are aiming for a STEM major. The course variety is limited compared to other schools; if you are interested in taking music, culinary arts, psychology, or other electives, this is not the school for you. They are very strict in regards to policy to the point where it is nitpicky and vacuous. It's almost like kindergarten: they'll call your parents if you don't bring a pencil. Most students here learn how to not get caught rather than to not cheat. However, they are great at enforcing the A-G requirements. It is a small school, so everyone knows each other which is great, but it also means word gets around fast. The kids are not "nerdy" but instead ignorant and cocky. That doesn't account for all though. Most kids will be willing to help you with anything if you ask the right person. A lot of the teachers are great, but some are unreasonable, stubborn, or do not have a "learning environment." They take care of mentally ill students if you're bad enough.
I enjoy how diverse the school is and how there are several resources for students. I do wish the school had a gym so students wouldn’t run to the nearby park to do their physical activities, but Not going lie, running to the park helps with conditioning if you are in a sport. They have several sports and like how they treat their athletes to fast food occasionally after a game. The school mainly focuses on Math and Science, they have fantastic clubs like Mesa and Stem, they have an environmental club and medical club. High recommend this high school.