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Educational Services

Our department's mission is to provide leadership and support for HSD students, staff and parents by ensuring that students are the focus of all decisions by coordinating the development, alignment, and implementation of standards, curriculum, instruction, professional learning, assessments and support services to ensure each student achieves educational excellence and is ready for college, university and careers.

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Professional Development
  • After-School Programs
  • English Learner Programs
  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA)
  • State and Federal Categorical Programs
  • Educational Technology
  • Preschool

The Hawthorne School District offers a rigorous curriculum program to meet the needs of and challenge our students.

Our department supports our K-8 schools to implement research-based curriculum aligned to the California State Content Standards, coordinates instructional materials adoptions and resources, and provides research-based professional development for teachers and administrators to ensure that they receive the necessary support to effectively address the needs of our diverse student population. 

We also oversee the administration, and monitor the implementation of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System which includes Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) for ELA and Math, California Science Test (CAST), the California Alternate Assessments (CAA) for ELA, Math and Science, the Interim Assessments Blocks (IABs) in ELA and Math.  Additional annual assessment and accountability activities includes English Language- Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), Physical Fitness Test (PFT), and the School Accountability Report Cards (SARC), and among others.


Areas of Focus


Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)

Our preschool and TK programs are specially designed to give our youngest learners a strong foundation.




Expanded Learning Programs

Expanded Learning Programs enrich and extend students' educational experiences beyond the school day through after-school and intersession programs.

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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Our GATE program offers a unique learning experience for students across all grade levels, providing special opportunities for accelerated learning, enrichment, and in-depth exploration.

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State Assessments

State assessments provide administrators, educators, parents, and educational partners a snapshot of student performance, enabling informed decisions about instruction, resources, and educational support.

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Curriculum and Instruction

We offer a wide range of supports during the regular school day to ensure each student's success. From our textbook selection to our learning loss mitigation team, we aim to provide the instruction and support students need to succeed in school and in life.


WASC Accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. Our high school, the Hawthorne Math and Science Academy has been granted full accreditation by WASC.

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Meet Our Team


Dr. Erika Ayala

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

310-676-2276 ext. 3969

P Ray

Dr. Patricia Ray

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP) Coordinator


Jessica Moore

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coordinator

310-676-2276 ext. 3954

Jennifer Annett

Jennifer Annett

Director of Special Projects

310-676-2276 ext. 3974

Cruz Brown

Maritza Cruz-Brown

Preschool Programs Coordinator