About Us

Principal's Message

Welcome to Hawthorne Elementary School! It's a privilege to be the principal of such a charming and successful school in beautiful San Luis Obispo. We are proud to have a culturally diverse student body where tolerance, respect, and hard work are modeled by all: students, staff, and parents. We really do have the friendliest kids and an incredibly dedicated staff, making this a model school in our community. Our programs and curriculum are challenging and engaging. We are fortunate to frequently partner with Cal Poly School of Education and bring future teachers to our campus. This allows us to provide after-school reading instruction and Homework Club help throughout the year.

If you ask our students and parents what makes Hawthorne such a special school, they will enthusiastically list activities and programs like our SOAR Academy, Noon League Sports, The Innovation NEST, Accelerated Reader, Science Fair, Craft Fair, International Fair, Family Math Night, and of course - AWESOME TEACHERS! Come by and visit us in person, we are located at 2125 Story Street near downtown San Luis Obispo.

- James McMillen, Principal

Our School's Vision:

Hawthorne Elementary School offers the possibility of Connection, Fulfillment, and Accomplishment for all Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members.

Teachers are committed to work with students to become successful learners, who are able connect with and make positive contributions to our local community. We have high expectations for all our students and of each other. We expect all students to be successful in reaching or surpassing their grade level standards of proficiency. We also focus on promoting and developing social and emotional well being. Teachers, staff, administration, parents, and community partners are dedicated to these endeavors.

A Map To Our School

Below you will see our district's Employee Code of Conduct. This defines our district core beliefs and the conduct we expect of our professionals.

Employee Code of Conduct

This code of conduct guides professional conduct with professional and ethical implications. It embraces the fundamental belief that the student is the foremost reason for the existence of the profession. Professional educators promote the development of character and civic responsibility of learners to explore ideas, to develop skills, and to acquire knowledge necessary to be contributing members of society.

#1: Equity

Professional educators advocate for the practice of equity by assuring equal access to educational opportunities for each individual. They recognize and address the uniqueness of each student and provide the appropriate educational supports and personalization of the educational experience.

#2: Mutual Respect

Professional educators respect the inherent dignity and worth of each individual. Educators deal considerately and justly with each student and seek to resolve problems.

#3: Diversity

Professional educators promote and respect diverse cultures by honoring and valuing individual differences and supporting the strengths of all individuals. They have the responsibility to present facts and provide access to all points of view without distortion, bias, or personal prejudice.

#4: Integrity

Professional educators behave in a trustworthy manner by ensuring confidentiality, demonstrating honesty, and maintaining a professional relationship with students at all times. They follow generally recognized professional standards and exercise sound professional judgment.


Este código de conducta guía la conducta profesional con implicaciones éticas y profesionales. Abarca la creencia fundamental de que el estudiante es la razón principal de la existencia de la profesión. Los educadores profesionales promueven el desarrollo del carácter y la responsabilidad cívica de los alumnos para que estos, exploren ideas, desarrollen habilidades y adquieran el conocimiento necesario para ser miembros contribuyentes de la sociedad.

#1: Equidad

Los educadores profesionales abogan por la práctica de la equidad al garantizar el acceso equitativo a las oportunidades educativas para cada individuo. Reconocen y abordan la singularidad de cada alumno y proporcionan el apoyo educativo adecuado y la personalización de la experiencia educativa.

#2: Respeto Mutuo

Los educadores profesionales respetan la dignidad inherente y el valor de cada individuo. Los educadores tratan con consideración y justicia con cada alumno y buscan resolver los problemas.

#3: Diversidad

Los educadores profesionales promueven y respetan las diversas culturas honrando y valorando las diferencias individuales y apoyando las fortalezas de todas las personas. Tienen la responsabilidad de presentar los hechos y proporcionar acceso a todos los puntos de vista sin distorsión, parcialidad o prejuicio personal.

#4: Integridad

Los educadores profesionales se comportan de manera confiable, asegurando la confidencialidad, demostrando honestidad y manteniendo una relación profesional con los estudiantes en todo momento. Siguen estándares profesionales generalmente reconocidos y ejercen un buen juicio profesional.