Local school's expansion begins construction

The Hawbridge School has begun construction on a new 40,000 square foot school building. The new building will significantly increase the public charter school’s current enrollment to serve students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Staying true to the school’s vision of environmental stewardship and outdoor education, the new building has been designed to maximize opportunities for students to interact with their natural surroundings. With the expansion, Hawbridge will become one of only four public K-12 schools in Alamance County, though the school serves students from eight counties altogether. Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

The Hawbridge School has begun construction on a new 40,000 square foot school building. The new building will significantly increase the public charter school’s current enrollment to serve students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Staying true to the school’s vision of environmental stewardship and outdoor education, the new building has been designed to maximize opportunities for students to interact with their natural surroundings. With the expansion, Hawbridge will become one of only four public K-12 schools in Alamance County, though the school serves students from eight counties altogether. Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Applications to enroll for the 2021-2022 lottery must be submitted by March 1 and can be found on the Admissions page. Job postings for the expanded school may be found on the Employment page . For more information about The Hawbridge School and its expansion, visit www.thehawbridgeschool.org or http://www.facebook.com/hawbridgeschool.

About the School

Hawbridge melds academic excellence with an innovative curriculum of place-based education. Students explore academic concepts as they relate to both natural and social surroundings, and for the past several years, Hawbridge has had the highest SAT averages of high schools in Alamance County. The school places a strong emphasis on the environment, the arts, community engagement, and personalized attention. Hawbridge is also known for its prioritization of inclusiveness and respect, and welcomes students and families from diverse backgrounds. “We have a strong school culture that values individuality, mutual respect, and acceptance ” said Mya Ciccotti, Executive Director of The Hawbridge School. “While the expansion will allow us to serve more students, it will also give our students the opportunity to learn and experience this culture from an early age. Students will progress from kindergarten to high school graduation in a supportive and caring school community.” Currently, many Hawbridge students find Hawbridge to be a welcoming “safe haven,” and th e school draws many exceptional students, gifted learners, and students who thrive in a less traditional learning environment.

As part of the place-based education learning model, the Hawbridge School has strong ties to the surrounding community in the small village of Saxapahaw. Students regularly intern with local businesses as part of the SaxConnex Internship Program, in addition to taking an active role in community projects, such as constructing riverside walking trails and installing informational signs around the village. Hawbridge plans to allow community members use of the new building’s trails, natural spaces, and gymnasium. “Our vision is a school as an active participant within the broader community," said Todd Nicolet, Chair of the Hawbridge School Board.