HAWTHORNE ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
CMS is proud to introduce the Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences, a county-wide magnet high school dedicated to the field of medicine. A $15,000,000 campus renovation, central location, and strong industry partnerships with the National Academy Foundation, North Carolina New Schools, Project Lead the Way, and Carolinas HealthCare Systems have positioned the Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' premier county-wide health sciences magnet.
The academy team offers programs of study that focus on general medicine, nursing, emergency services, and pharmacy technologies. These rigorous programs prepare high school students for success in college with a relevance that addresses growing workforce shortages in healthcare.
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Following your heart is vital: Hawthorne Academy offers year-long freshman seminar
Ninth-grader Rashika Chamlagai has wanted a career in the medical field for as long as she can remember. Two significant events reinforced this calling — her grandmother being diagnosed with cancer and the victims of the 2015 earthquakes in her native Nepal. "When my grandmother passed away, I knew more than ever I wanted to help others," said Rashika, who aspires to be a cardiologist. "My aunt is also a nurse and helps many people but there is still a great need for good healthcare in Nepal."
Freshman Jeffrey Carter decided to explore health science careers after he watched the movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story." "I'm not sure which specialty I want to work in yet but I'm interested in pediatrics, neurology and sports medicine," said Jeffrey.
Rashika and Jeffrey are among 72 ninth-graders enrolled at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences. A technology, engineering and math (STEM) high school, Hawthorne has an option program that combines career and work-based experiences with rigorous academic instruction. To better prepare freshmen for high school and to help them learn about the different opportunities in the health field, they are required to participate in the school's Vitals Program.
Vitals is a year-long seminar designed to develop critical thinking, literacy and math skills across all content. It also offers speakers from various medical disciplines. "We know high school is a transition and we want our incoming students to be successful," said Principal Diann Weston. "The program gives us a chance to identify and work with students who might be struggling."
The school recently held its first seminar to discuss goals, expectations and community service opportunities. Tammy Hanna, a nurse and administrator at PruittHealth, also spoke to students. She talked about her entry into the medical field and provided information about PruittHealth, a long-term health care provider.
After the presentations, students were asked to write what it meant to lead with a heart and how they could be those leaders. "Leading with heart means you find your passion and use it with your knowledge to complete a task that fills you with joy," said student Latauanna Weathers. "Because when you are doing what makes you happy, you pass that enthusiasm to others."
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