New Early Childhood Center Planned for Gordon Square

Along with the Hawken-Birchwood merger that represents Phase I of this project, Hawken is thrilled to announce Phase II of its expansion west: the purchase of a property in Gordon Square to house a new early childhood center.  This center is intended to meet the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in Cleveland for families with young children and to create more opportunities for students from that area to gain early access to a Hawken education.
 
We believe there is tremendous local enthusiasm and support for the building of this early childhood center and will be conducting additional studies to confirm market interest. Once the surveys and inspections of the Gordon Square property are completed, Hawken will begin the process of planning building renovations, which will draw inspiration from the Nido at Hawken’s Early Childhood Center in Lyndhurst. 
 
We will be hosting information sessions and communications to provide updates about his project. If you are interested in receiving further information as it becomes available, please submit your name and email address below.
 

Click below to read the official press release:

Click below to learn about the merger with Birchwood:

5400 Detroit Avenue, exterior photo

5400 Detroit Avenue, interior photo

Hawken's Nido (building renovation inspiration)

Gordon Square Q&A

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the rationale for opening an early childhood center in Gordon Square? 

    Hawken believes that opening an early childhood center in Gordon Square will create more opportunities for students from that area to gain early access to a Hawken education and to enroll in our Birchwood or Lyndhurst Lower Schools. In addition to fulfilling a need articulated by current residents of Gordon Square, Tremont, Ohio City and other neighboring communities, the plan also represents Hawken’s commitment to Cleveland.
  • Where is the Gordon Square property located?

    The Gordon Square property is located at 5400 Detroit Avenue, the center of one of the fastest growing areas in Cleveland for families with young children.
  • Where are the Hawken campuses located?

    Hawken Lower & Middle School
    Coed Preschool to Grade 8
    5000 Clubside Drive Lyndhurst, OH 44124

    Birchwood School of Hawken
    Coed Preschool to Grade 8
    4400 West 140th Street C
    leveland, OH 44135

    Hawken Upper School
    Coed Grades 9 to 12 PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd.)
    Gates Mills, OH 44040

    Gries Center for Experiential & Service Learning
    Urban Extension Campus
    10823 Magnolia Drive Cleveland, OH 44106
  • What needs to be done prior to opening a new early childhood center in this neighborhood?

    Surveys and property inspections are already underway, and market feasibility studies will be conducted in the near future. Once those are completed, Hawken will begin preparing for building renovations for the new center. Soon thereafter, architectural renderings in the style of the Nido at the Lyndhurst campus will be released, as will a timeline for the completion of the project and the opening of the center.
  • What are the next steps for families interested in this project?

    We have received tremendous local enthusiasm and support for building this early childhood center and will be conducting additional research with young families in the coming weeks. If you are interested in participating or if you would like to be on our mailing list to receive more information, please fill out the form above.
  • What age range will the center serve?

    The early childhood center will serve children from the age of 18 months (by September) through prekindergarten.
  • Will students enrolled at Gordon Square automatically be admitted to either the Birchwood or Lyndhurst kindergarten programs?

    Students who successfully complete prekindergarten at the Gordon Square Early Childhood Center should expect an admission offer for kindergarten enrollment at Hawken’s Birchwood and/or Lyndhurst campus.

Hawken School | Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106
440.423.4446