Hawken School

Hawken School


Lyndhurst Campus
Lower and Middle Schools
Toddler – Grade 8 (667 students)
5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124

Birchwood School of Hawken
Preschool – Grade 8 (258 students)
4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Gates Mills Campus
Upper School
Grades 9 – 12 (515 students)
12465 County Line Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040

University Circle Campus
11025 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

The Mastery School of Hawken
(Opened August 2020)

Grades 9 – 12 (34 students)
The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning (accessible to all Hawken students)
10823 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Hawken at a glance

  • Established: 1915
  • Coeducational, Toddler – Grade 12
  • Lyndhurst Campus: Toddler – Grade 8 (667 students)
  • Birchwood Campus: Preschool – Grade 8 (258 students)
  • Gates Mills Campus: Grades 9-12 (515 students)
  • University Circle Campus: Mastery School of Hawken, Grades 9-12 (34 students) and The Sally and Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning (accessible to all Hawken students)
  • Student body: over 1400 students
  • Students of color: 33%
  • Faculty with advanced degrees: 80%
  • Students receiving financial assistance: 45%
  • Financial aid awarded annually: $10.3 million
  • Transportation: Available in 20+ communities


“Instilling in students the skills they need to become successful adults is a top priority at Hawken. But we believe that who students become is just as important as what they become. We intentionally create our innovative programming and our community culture of inclusiveness in ways that inspire our students to go out and be good people who do good things in the world.” – D. Scott Looney, Head of School

“The co-ed environment helps boys see girls as friends and vice versa. That’s incredibly important. The kids recognize the day-in and day-out value of the opposite sex in terms of team work, peer relationships, and friendship.” – Lynn Gerace, Parent

“You want a happy child.  Hawken is a joyful learning environment, and the teachers make it so.” –Andrea Hill, Parent

“If you choose a school like Hawken, you are obviously going to get academic excellence. But if you put that aside, you are going to find a community that is embracing, that is warm and that will put your child first. For me, what is critical is that Hawken loves my children like a surrogate parent. I send my children to Hawken so they can feel loved and nurtured and safe. My children can be themselves whether that’s an athlete or a chess player or a musician. And as a parent, you can find a parent community that fits whatever need it is that you have.” Nailah Suggs, Parent

Hawken School: Founded to be different


From its earliest days, Hawken School has been committed to developing character and intellect. We believe that living meaningful, productive lives requires traits such as compassion, integrity, initiative, confidence, and resilience as well as a commitment to lifelong learning. Providing a strong academic foundation while nurturing these essential attributes equips Hawken students with the tools they need to realize and fulfill their potential both personally and professionally.

Hawken was also founded as an educationally progressive school, and we remain academically progressive – because that’s what it takes to prepare students to thrive in a changing world. From recognizing the value of a co-educational environment, to designing programs, learning spaces, and innovative schedules that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to and reflects the values of the present to prepare students for a promising future.

Real World, Hands-on Learning

As the world has evolved, so has Hawken. From becoming co-educational in 1973 to designing innovative schedules, programs and learning spaces that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to the realities of the present and looks to the future, all the while remaining committed to our founding principles of developing both character and intellect. At Hawken, students are prepared for the real world by creative teaching and learning not only in the classroom but in laboratories across Cleveland, at our Gries Center, throughout our 200-plus acre campus, at non-profit agencies in the city, in kayaks in the rivers of Pennsylvania, and in places throughout the world such as China, Chile, The Bahamas and Ireland.

At Hawken, a big part of real world learning is showing our students that the world is bigger than themselves. We start by immersing your child in a community that reflects the most basic form of diversity: coeducation. Coeducation helps boys and girls appreciate both differences and similarities in each other’s perspectives, approaches, and responses. Respect, empathy, and friendship become the norm between boys and girls, establishing the groundwork for fulfillment and success in the real world. As one parent put it, “I want to raise children who can interact with the real world. We need to learn as young as possible to treat people of other genders as valued, respected, intelligent and equal members of our society. And how do you go about doing that without being exposed to those individuals at an early age?”

Diversity both in and out of the classroom means that your child will be challenged to see different perspectives while learning how to make his or her voice heard. Students are given opportunities to get out of the classroom and into the real world to fully engage with the citizenship of the city through our curricular and service learning programming. A plethora of experiential learning opportunities will enable your child to apply knowledge to the real world, making learning relevant, meaningful, and fun.

Learning Spaces

The learning spaces on our campuses – from Hawken’s Early Childhood Center to the 8,000 square feet of maker space to the new Upper School academic building – are intentionally designed to enhance and deliver the school’s innovative curriculum, which focuses on hands-on, interactive, meaningful learning.

Stirn Hall, Hawken’s state-of-the-art high school building that opened in 2016 on the Gates Mills campus, was designed to equip faculty with the physical space needed to execute the School’s forward-focused mission.  The building features a cutting edge, two-story science center; an innovative two-story learning commons; a fabrication lab and media and communications lab that includes an editing suite, media lab, and media production studio; 37 new classrooms; a college counseling suite; and dedicated writing and learning centers.

Hawken School purchased five additional properties on Magnolia Drive to house the Mastery School of Hawken, opened in August 2020. This new high school builds on Hawken’s experiential curriculum, offering problem-based learning within steps of neighbors in University Circle and Glenville and expanding partnerships with many of the most engaging and innovative cultural, educational, arts, and medical institutions in the world.

Visit Us

Lower and Middle School Open House: Toddler – Grade 8, Sunday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.
Lyndhurst Campus

Upper School Open House: Grades 9 – 12, April 25, 1:00 pm
Gates Mills Campus

Mastery School Open House: Grades 9 – 12, Sunday, May 2, 1:00 pm
University Circle Campus

Click here to RSVP or for more information.

Links to More Information

Early Childhood

Lower School

Middle School

Birchwood School of Hawken

Upper School

Mastery School of Hawken


Visual Arts

Performing Arts




Additional Resources

Making a Hawken Education Affordable


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