Hawthorne Math and Science Academy

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Hawthorne Mathematics and Science Academy
4467 West Broadway
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Coordinates 33°55′13″N 118°21′15″W / 33.9204°N 118.3541°W / 33.9204; -118.3541Coordinates: 33°55′13″N 118°21′15″W / 33.9204°N 118.3541°W / 33.9204; -118.3541
Type Public
Motto The logo and mascot of the school: the Aviators
Established 2003
School district Hawthorne School District
Enrollment 600 (2008–2009)
Colors Blue and Green

Hawthorne Math and Science Academy is a state charter high school in Hawthorne, California, USA. It is part of the Hawthorne School District. Esau Berumen is the Principal.


In 2003, the Hawthorne School District approved the creation of a new charter high school within their elementary school district. With students from the Hawthorne area, the school population at the school’s inception was 130 ninth-grade students. The original school site was Jefferson Elementary School, a school that was in the process of being remodeled. Under the tutelage of David Morrow, the principal, the first year focused on creating a new and rigorous college-preparatory school high school. In this first year, too, a student compact was established; the school theme—high expectations—emerged; a school newspaper, Aviator Update, was created; and the school colors, blue and white, were selected.

In 2004, students and faculty saw the second phase of the HMSA school development – a second move for our school. The old Hawthorne Masonic Temple, located at Broadway and Grevillea, was revamped and refurbished into the beginnings of a permanent school site. In 2007, an additional building was placed on the space previously occupied by the parking lot to accommodate the ever-growing student population.

The diversity and number of students at HMSA has grown since its founding. The school today has a dozen or so different ethnicities and a population of over 450, with room to expand to 600. Students travel to HMSA from not only the city of Hawthorne, but from neighboring cities as well, with some using the metro train as transportation to and from school.


  • U.S. News Best High Schools 2015: National Rank: #103[1]
  • U.S. News Best High Schools 2015: State Rank: #12[2]
  • U.S. News Best High School 2015: Charter Rank: #34[3]
  • USC School Performance Report 2013: California Charter Rank: #4[4]
  • California Standardized Testing Beach City High Schools Average Score Rank: #2[5]


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