School for the Real World
Look around. Everywhere around us: momentous and endless change. It makes you wonder, Shouldn’t school change too?
Here, at the Mastery School of Hawken, school will feel different because it will be different.
Our unique programs and approach are designed to help you discover your strengths, master challenging concepts, chart your personal path, and develop your best strategies for growth.
And while we can’t say with absolute certainty what the world will look like in the future, we can confidently predict that it will be better with young people who are capable of working together to find creative solutions for complex issues, who’ve mastered core skills and knowledge, and who know how to adapt, iterate, and persist.
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The Red Thread of Mastery
The red you’ll see on this site is not a line.
It’s a thread.
And it’s woven by you. In everything you do, you’ll see your growth, and we’ll see it too.
Here, you’ll be free to discover and change and grow as you work hard on real-world challenges that matter to real people.
At your side, you’ll have mentors and experts to ask the hard questions and give you the feedback that will lead you to master skills, knowledge, and habits.
Remember: not a line. A thread.
A Different Kind of High School
When you think of high school, you might think of rows of seats, loose papers scrawled with notes, and weeks of repetition punctuated by tests. That’s not what you’ll find at the Mastery School of Hawken.
Here, you’ll learn complex ideas and skills through working on urgent real-world challenges for real-live human beings.
Here, we know you’re capable of far more than school normally gives you credit for, which is why your achievements won’t be reduced to letter grades.
Here, in place of bells and rushed classes, you’ll find unmatched opportunities for deep learning and days that feel alive and purposeful.
Here, you’ll feel the freedom to chart your own course based on your uniqueness.
Built on Research and Experience
As a leader in redesigning school, Hawken knows that learning lasts when we learn while working on things that matter. Research confirms what we’ve known all along: that you’ll grow far more when you need to learn to do something real—like help community partners solve genuine challenges.
Your Signature is Your Mark
The M in our logo comes directly from the pen of our founder James Hawken. We discovered it on a “Character Card” he composed for one of Hawken’s first students in the 1920s.
It makes sense that the first M should belong to our founder and visionary.
After all, as new as the Mastery School is, it’s also a clear expression of Mr. Hawken’s vision of what school should feel like and what contributions it should make to its students and to the community.
It also feels right that The Mastery School of Hawken is some 700 yards from Hawken’s original 1915 home on Ansel Road near what we now call University Circle.
While the first M belongs to James Hawken, the next one belongs to you, our students.
Get out your pen and get ready to make your mark on the Mastery School and on the world outside our doors.