The Hawthorn curriculum is based on the classical liberal arts tradition—one that aims to balance and harmonize intellectual, cultural, spiritual, social and physical formation. Governing the academic focus at Hawthorn are the complementary characteristics of cultural literacy and critical thinking, inherent in the classical liberal arts tradition. We believe that academic success requires cultural literacy—foundational knowledge of the art, expression, history and experience of one’s heritage. An awareness of this reality leads to the development of critical thinking—the application of the intellect to discover the truth.
The philosophy inspiring the curriculum, the formation, the activities and the life of the school is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church. The school is open to non-Catholics; their needs, beliefs, and sensitivities are respected. The prelature of Opus Dei provides a priest to give spiritual assistance to the school.