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Private School in Riverside, CA

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Our website will give you a look into our remarkable school community and the spectrum of activities available at our facility. Enjoy our website, but please come to see our school for yourselves. Our students are terrific ambassadors; we are extraordinarily proud of them for their enthusiasm for learning, their concern for others, and their many achievements. Success on exams is important, but it is only part of the Hawarden Hills Academy journey. Our focus on the whole learner ensures an ideal balance between intellectual and individual development.

Independent schools, like Hawarden Hills Academy, foster a learning
community of families with similar education goals and expectations. Our
students are an integral part of this community which will prepare them for
whatever path they choose to follow.


Our History:
Hawarden Hills Academy opened in 1983 as a research based school that focuses on training children to become students. Because we are a private school, we have been able to develop a curriculum and school environment based on social science research not bureaucratic or political directives. The Step-Mod Curriculum System was developed here. This system allows children to progress in Reading and Math at a more accelerated pace if they are capable.

Our Philosophy:
In 1983, Hawarden Hills Academy was founded as the first independent school in California based on the Effective School research studies conducted by Dr. Ronald Edmonds of Harvard University. Starting in the early 1960’s, Dr. Edmonds and fellow researchers examined schools which were deemed to be effective (95% of students at each grade level prepared to succeed at the next grade level). The studies indicated that there are unique characteristics and processes common to all effective schools. These characteristics include a clear school mission, a high expectation for success, allocating a significant amount of classroom time for directed instruction, and maintaining a safe and orderly environment. Hawarden Hills Academy incorporated all the research correlates into our program and developed our own Step-Mod Program to provide advanced instruction in reading and math based on ability, not age. By adhering to the effective school correlates, we are able to continue the classical educational system while embracing the latest innovations and technology.

Our Town:
Riverside is the largest city in the Inland Empire area of Southern California. The city was founded in the 1870’s and quickly became the birthplace of the California citrus industry. Riverside is home to the University of California at Riverside which added a School of Medicine program in 2013. The historic Mission Inn is a four diamond hotel world renowned for its annual holiday light display featuring over four million lights and 400 animated figures. The Fox Performing Arts Center was the first theater to screen Gone With The Wind in 1939. Riverside is within one hour from skiing in the San Bernardino Mountains or surfing at the Santa Monica Beach. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, gateway to the San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, is less than thirty minutes away.

Our Facilities:
Hawarden Hills Academy has sixteen classrooms serving Kindergarten to 8th grade students located near the Sycamore Canyon Wildlife Park in Riverside California. In 1983 the school was designed by Henry Boucher to be environmentally sensitive, take advantage of natural sunlight, and conserve energy. His architectural techniques foreshadowed the green building approach now considered standard for all communities. The school is completely gated with observation cameras throughout the facility. Every classroom uses mobile interactive whiteboard devices which eliminates chalk dust particulates in the classroom. Our facility is landscaped with native plants and we are currently undertaking a playground renovation to install safety surfacing and additional fitness equipment. We are the only Official Garden Gnome Sanctuary in the United States (Thank you, Mayor Bailey!) and we are installing a GnomeCam in the Fall of 2013.


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Hawarden Hills Academy students are challenged by an exciting academic
curriculum allied to a wealth of dramatic, cultural, and musical activities
utilizing a process-driven curriculum, not a standards-based program. We
developed the Step-Mod Program exclusively for Hawarden Hills students.
This program allows students to receive instruction at their own personal
challenge level in Reading and Math, regardless of chronological age.

  Elementary level students receive a classical education in all core subject
areas as well as performance art activities, music, drama, and Spanish in
the afternoon. Middle School students (Fifth to Eighth Grade ) follow the
high school model of subject rotation. Every classroom is equipped with
mobile interactive whiteboard technology. All students have access to iPads
and middle school students receive technology instruction on iMacs.

Step-Mod English
Good literature is a model which shows language at its most effective.

It is also a means of exploring new ways of expression and helps bring
about confidence, awareness, a critical outlook and a greater sense of
personal identity. We use classical literature for all our Reading
assignments- from first readers to high school level drama. Our English
teachers help students use language to express themselves and communicate
with others effectively. Students have the opportunity to write in a range
of styles, for specific purposes and audiences, and to adapt their style to
the given situation. Students learn to write academic and creative essays,
magazine and newspaper stories, letters, reports, poetry, drama, and in a
range of other formats.

Step-Mod Mathematics
We believe mathematical thinking is the art of explaining the imaginary,
not just tedious calculations. We do not rush through 20 concepts a year.
We use the Step-Mod system to learn the basic building blocks of
mathematical language. When the concrete processes are mastered, we move
into pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Our curriculum is designed around the student’s needs, not the state’s
nonspecific requirements.

SAT scores
Practice and accountability enhance academic learning. To prepare our
students for acceptance into national colleges and universities , we
administer the Stanford Achievement Test, a nationally normed test, not
just a California normed test (STAR) . The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT)
offers students and their families information on how well the student has
mastered grade appropriate learning techniques. The SAT report also allows
teachers to monitor curriculum progress and strengthen the instructional
program as needed. Hawarden Hills Academy administers the Stanford
Achievement Test every spring to all of our students. The table below
charts the grade equivalent scores from the 2012-2013 test.
Grade in 2012 SAT Grade Equivalent Score Kindergarten (K.8) 1.5 Grade 1 (1.8) 
2.4 Grade 2 (2.8) 3.4 Grade 3 (3.8) 4.8 Grade 4 (4.8) 6.2 Grade 5 (5.8) 7.1 Grade
6 (6.8) 8.3 Grade 7 (7.8) 8.6 Grade 8 (8.8) 12.5


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Children investigate the world with great interest, energy, and expectation. From attending the Aardvark Rally on their first day of school to their Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony at the Mission Inn, we give our students a positive attitude towards learning. Our programs offer a range of activities to help prepare students for global citizenship.

Kindergarten Kick Off
The aim of the Kindergarten Preparatory Program is to nurture the
children's desire to learn, experiment, play, and to gain independence. The
curriculum is designed to foster the emotional, physical, social,
intellectual, and creative development of each child.

The structure of the curriculum enables the children to learn freely and to
choose their own pursuits within clearly defined limits. They are
encouraged to use all the materials available: pencils, crayons, paint,
dough, and clay. Students can explore story and poetry books from the Media
Corner and toys and games in the Home Corner which encourage motor
co-ordination and concentration skills. Group times occur regularly
throughout the Kindergarten Kick Off day, giving children the opportunity
to listen to others and to express their own ideas.

Elementary School
Students in the Elementary program start a more formalized approach to
learning. Our broad curriculum gives the pupils, during their formative
years, the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects and skills; to
foster within them a love of learning and an appreciation of the subjects
studied. Teachers encourage the formation of good study habits and
organizational skills which will be necessary in the Middle School.
Recognizing that the most rewarding educational experience is achieved as
an active partnership between home and school, we use the Aeries Portal
System to provide families with real time assignment and grade book
information. Children at desks

Middle School
The Middle School program is designed to support the intellectual, social,
and physical development of our students during the transition from
childhood to adolescence. At this stage, students are experiencing the
rapid growth that occurs in early adolescence and benefit from an
educational environment that is distinctly different from the elementary
school. During this time, students move from concrete thought processes to
more abstract thinking. The curriculum is structured to guide students in
making connections and seeing the relationship amongst the subject areas
and the world beyond the classroom. Scooter Basketball

Enrichment Programs
We recognize the educational benefits of giving children access to teachers
who have a true passion for their subject. Piano, voice, guitar, drum, art,
cooking, sign language, and robotics are taught by specialist teachers in
our after school enrichment programs. These classes enhance and expand
learning opportunities for the students on campus thus conserving natural
resources which might have been spent transporting students to different

Hawarden Hills International School Division
The International School division of Hawarden Hills Academy provides
international students with the opportunity to develop not just their
English skills but also improve their study skills and subject knowledge
alongside American students. International students are fully integrated
into all aspects of the American private school experience. American
classmates can not only learn about foreign cultures, but they have an
enhanced knowledge of global issues.

Camp Aardvark
Camp Aardvark is a dynamic balance of recreational and creative activities.
Led by the Hawarden Hills faculty, campers make new discoveries and try new
activities, all in a small group setting. We celebrate childhood every
summer with imaginative play, ceramics, sports, Latin dance, introductory
Kung Fu, water play, ukulele instruction, and choir. All campers are
registered in the IXL Math program which allows individualized math review
on iPads at the school.

International students can take advantage of our popular English immersion
program. The morning includes 2 hours of intensive writing instruction in a
classroom while the afternoon is structured for practicing oral English
skills with native speakers in an informal setting.  


Hawarden Hills Academy welcomes individual visits to the school.
This enables prospective students and families the opportunity to meet with
the staff in a more focused setting. Attending an Open Morning at Hawarden
Hills Academy is a great way to find out more about the school. Our website
and brochure can offer information but the atmosphere of a school cannot be
experienced remotely. Our senior staff members and current students will
accompany your family on a school tour so you will have the opportunity to
look around the facility while school is in session.

Enrollment Procedures

Every new prospective student will need to complete our Step Mod
Assessment. This Assessment will give the parent an opportunity to see if
our advanced curriculum will benefit you and your child. There is no charge
for this in-class interview, but an appointment must be arranged in advance
with the front office 951-780-1616

Returning Student Registration

Applications will be available Tuesday, February 18th. Priority
registration (current students/ siblings only) for the 2014-2015 school
year will begin Tuesday, February 18th. The registration fee will be
discontinued for early enrollees starting Tuesday, February 18th through
Monday, March 3rd.

Enrollment 2014-2015:

Kindergarten - 5th Grade $5,450.00
Monthly - 10 Payments Semester - 3 Payments Annual - 1 Payment
No Discount 3% Discount 4% Discount
$545.00 $1,763.00 $5,232.00
$0.00 Savings $163.00 Savings $218.00 Savings
1st - 5th Grade Sibling $4,950.00
Monthly - 10 Payments Semester - 3 Payments Annual - 1 Payment
No Discount 3% Discount 4% Discount
$495.00 $1,601.00 $4,752.00
$0.00 Savings $147.00 Savings $198.00 Savings
Middle School 6 - 8 $5,900.00
Monthly - 10 Payments Semester - 3 Payments Annual - 1 Payment
No Discount 3% Discount 4% Discount
$590.00 $1,908.00 $5,664.00
$0.00 Savings $176.00 Savings $236.00 Savings
Middle School 6 - 8 Sibling $5,400.00
Monthly - 10 Payments Semester - 3 Payments Annual - 1 Payment
No Discount 3% Discount 4% Discount
$540.00 $1,746.00 $5,184.00
$0.00 Savings $162.00 Savings $216.00 Savings
Extended Care 6:00 am - 6:00pm $1,000.00
Monthly - 10 Payments Semester - 3 Payments Annual - 1 Payment
No Discount 3% Discount 4% Discount
$100.00 $325.00 $960.00
$0.00 Savings $30.00 Savings $40.00 Savings
Daily Rate: $10.00 with deposit of $50.00 / $15.00 with no deposit                      


Uniforms can be purchased through Dennis uniform located in Yorba Linda. For more information click here  


Date Day Event From To
July 2014
7/4 FRI Holiday - Campus Closed
7/25 FRI Last Day of Camp
7/28 MON Summer Break - Campus Closed
Until 8/15
August 2014
8/18 MON Camp Aardvark Resumes through 8/29
Extended day care available
8/27 WED Classroom visit with Teachers 2:00
8/28 THU Classroom visit with Teachers 4:00
8/29 FRI Last Day of Camp
September 2014
9/1 MON Holiday - Campus Closed
9/2 TUE First Day of School
Extended Day Care available
9/2 TUE Aardvark Rally 8:20
9/17 WED Picture Day - dress uniform required
October 2014
10/17 FRI Back to School 3:00 5:30
In-N-Out Burger is serving dinner 4:00 6:00
Dinner Tickets will be sold during classroom visits in August and during regular school hours
Proceeds support your Aardvark Booster Club
10/31 FRI Farm Day - Students may wear farm related costumes
November 2014
11/7 FRI Veteran's Day Celebration
11/26 WED Colonial Day
11/27 THU Holiday - Thanksgiving
11/28 FRI Holiday - Campus Closed
December 2014
12/11 THU Winter Holiday Program 7:00
Landis Theater at RCC
12/22 MON Winter Holidays - Campus Closed through
FRI 1/2/2015
January 2015
1/5 MON Classes resume
1/5 MON Kinder Kick Off Starts
1/19 MON MLK Birthday - Campus Closed
1/23 FRI Geography Day


We hope that your days with us were some of the most memorable of
your life. From Farm Day to Winter Holiday Program to Shakespeare‘s
Birthday- and all the days in between-we share your memories. This section
of the website helps to keep all the Aardvarks in touch with each other. We
will post upcoming events and we are hoping to plan an Aardvark Alumni
Picnic every 2 years at a different location in California- preferably by
the beach! The Midway celebration was fun for all in the summer of 2013.
Miss Lenny and Miss Mollie (Yes- we’re still here) would like to plan an
alumni meeting in Cambria on Moonstone Beach in 2015. Keep watching
Facebook for more Alumni information.

Aardvark Booster Club

More information coming soon!


Call us: 9517801616
Hawarden Hills Academy
6696 Via Vista Drive
Riverside, CA, 92506
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: Closed
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