The Advisory Board of The Edward E. Ford Foundation issued Hawken School a grant on a matching basis of $1 from the foundation for every $2 in new funds raised by the school. The grant and its matching funds will be used to expand the Pathways program (grades 9 – 12) at Hawken School using as a model its successful Upper School seminar- and internship-based Science Research course. New programs will take Pathways beyond the current single offering in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine (STEMM) into other interdisciplinary areas, such as Economics and Entrepreneurship, Visual and Performance Arts, and Public Policy and the Non-Profit Sector. Pathways is an innovative program that provides students authentic opportunities to apply classroom learning to the real word; a focus on problem solving and practical application; an interdisciplinary, integrated curriculum; internships and mentor relationships to enhance experiential learning; and immersion opportunities. A defining feature of Pathways is the engagement of Hawken alumni and parents, as well as other area professionals, as student mentors and program advisors. To-date mentors have represented Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Veterans Administration Hospital among others. The expanded Pathways program will be based out of Hawken School’s Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning in University Circle, 550 acres of medical, arts, education and service institutions in Cleveland. The Gries Center, as the first of its kind among suburban independent schools nationwide, positions Hawken to offer its students unique hands-on experiences connected to world-renowned institutions and access to experts in a vast range of fields.
Hawken School, founded in 1915, is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving 972 students in preschool through grade 12 from nine counties in Northeast Ohio.