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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, 77% 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
77%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1140
176 responses
Average ACT
23
111 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.20 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 61 responses
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  • Multicultural Day
    28%
  • Nationball/Spirit Week
    26%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Winter Formal
    8%
  • Talent Show
    7%
  • If one is in a sport, game day is always great.
    5%

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%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$96,988
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.3%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 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
$10,904/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 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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The school is a strict school focused on readying their students for college. While its strict rules and large amounts of homework seem beneficial towards students preparation towards college, the sheer amount of rules and homework influences students how to be able to complete assignments amidst a large amount of procrastination. The school environment is depressing and emotionally draining towards students. It wouldn't be a far fetched idea to walk into a bathroom and witness a student crying from stress. This school prides itself on being tough on its students and that mentality does not help students nearly as much as the staff thinks it does. While students can complete large amounts of homework, students do it at the cost of their time, sleep, and mental fortitude. Frankly, this school is exceptional overwhelming its students. The school as a system is terrible. The only positive to come from this is students bonding over their mutual suffering.
HMSA is the worst school I have ever attended, they work their students down to their core. The counselors told me I had low self-esteem because I was struggling with my classes. They pride themselves on getting their students college-ready but most graduates have to go to community college because of the classes they failed while attending the school. The school also kicks out students who don't look like they're going to graduate so that their graduation rate doesn't drop. The teachers didn't provide help to raise your grade, it was awful.