Hawken burst to life on Ansel Road near what we now call University Circle. In fact, the first Hawken students ate their lunch every day in the Art Museum’s cafeteria because our small schoolhouse didn’t include a kitchen.
It feels right that The Mastery School of Hawken is some 700 yards from Hawken’s original 1915 home because the Mastery School is a pure expression of our original intent and extension of what Hawken has refined over the past decade or so.
We are a school born of core values. We are the outgrowth of a commitment to make school more human and humane. We are a school that seeks to prepare students for an unscripted future by equipping them with skills, knowledge, and habits that they can use no matter how the world changes.
The Mastery School, it turns out, is very much like the school James A. Hawken (pictured here) established a century earlier — a forward focused school that resisted the industrial model, the assembly line, the mechanization of learning.
We are a school for today and tomorrow built on the wisdom of yesterday.