Private School in Riverside, CA


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 on bureaucratic or political directives. The Step-Mod Curriculum System was developed here. This system allows children to progress in Reading and Math at an accelerated pace.

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Hawarden Hills Academy students are challenged by an exciting academic curriculum aligned 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.

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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. 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.

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Our Programs

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.

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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.

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Middle School

The Middle School program is designed to support the intellectual, social, and physical development of our students during the transition fromchildhood to adolescence.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Important Dates

First Day of School!

Picture Day!

Dress uniform only

Back to School Night

4:30 to 6:30

ABC Dinner Fundraiser at School

5 to 6:30pm

Autumn Festival

A day filled with our favorite fall activities.

"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."