The Hawthorne Seminar Program teachers believe seminar students are unique in their ability to learn advanced concepts quickly or intuitively with a high degree of complexity and depth. The teachers offer a positive learning environment where students are stretched cognitively, accepted for their individuality, inspired in their creativity, and given opportunities to express their ideas. The learning environment is challenging and engaging, and the students’ needs and interests drive instruction. The teachers encourage the students to develop their own unique abilities, focusing on their strengths, while making a high degree of academic growth. They understand the power of like-minded peers working together to set goals and advance their knowledge cooperatively. The depth and breadth of the curriculum provided by the teachers captures the students’ interest with novelty and higher-level thinking; each student’s innate curiosity is allowed to flourish. These knowledgeable and practiced teachers are passionate and dedicated to the idea that seminar students need an intellectually enriching environment commensurate to their unique abilities.
The Hawthorne Seminar Foundation supports the Seminar teachers in providing high quality enrichment programs that contribute to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of the children. Enrichment programs are paid for by the Hawthorne Seminar Foundation through annual fundraising and are available to all currently enrolled seminar students.