Hawking STEAM

Charter School

Tuition free TK-12 Public Schools

Think, Create, Innovate, and Discover. 

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Students examining globe

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Students Building Mars Habitats

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Students examining globe

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Hawking STEAM Charter School prepares students for college and career readiness through an integrated Project-based STEAM curriculum that includes social emotional awareness.




Hawking STEAM Charter School’s vision is to ensure that Transitional Kindergarten through grade 12 students are engaged in discovery, exploration, and problem-solving through rigorous Project Based Learning activities, aligned to the Common Core State Standards (“CCSS”) and the Next Generation Science Standards (“NGSS”) that are STEAM-based. We strive to develop our students’ academic, social, and emotional knowledge so they may engage in public discussions, presentations and pursue STEAM-focused careers. 

Executive Director's Message

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Lorena Chávez, Ed.D. 

It is my honor to serve as the Executive Director of Hawking STEAM Charter Schools.


I love education and learning new things, and I am passionate about instilling this love of education among our students and the community we serve. I grew up in Los Angeles, a child of Mexican parents who immigrated to this country to give their children a better life. I was the first in my family to go to college, and I obtained my B.A. in Spanish Literature from UCSD (Go Tritons!) I obtained my teaching credential, M.A., administrative credential and my Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at SDSU (Go Aztecs!)  


I joined the Hawking team in 2013 after a fulfilling teaching career that spanned fourteen years.  As a teacher, I was proud to have been selected as Teacher of the Year twice but even more proud of the academic growth I worked hard to achieve among my students each and every day. 

My passion for teaching and transforming children’s lives led me to becoming a principal and now the Executive Director of what I hope will become the best schools in the world, Hawking STEAM Charter Schools, two independent and direct-funded public charter schools.  


Our mission is to provide our students with a high quality and rigorous STEAM-focused education based on the latest Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards.  Here at Hawking, we strive to make each day a happy and productive one. Our team of teachers and staff are committed to making our schools a wonderful, safe and highly academic place of teaching and learning with an extreme focus on science.  We know that children are naturally curious and we focus on tapping into this natural curiosity. 


Hawking opened its doors in 2012 with only 140 students, and we are now proud to have grown to serve more than 1000 students across two campuses.  


I welcome you to learn what Hawking is all about and I look forward to getting to know each of our families and students.



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Parent Member

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Community Member

Ms. Anna Loera Rodriguez brings to the board experience in program and financial management...

Greg Shadoan serves as a dedicated community member of the Hawking S.T.E.A.M. Charter School Board...

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Community Member

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting from San Diego State University in 1978, Michael Gilligan spent several years...

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Community Member

Emily Acosta Thompson is an accomplished educator bringing unparalleled experience to the Hawking board...

Hawking STEAM Charter School's Governing Board is comprised of five voting board members. They are members of one of the following three groups: parents, non-interest holding members, or community members. The Executive Director is a nonvoting member of the board. Board members reside in San Diego County or a contiguous county where Hawking students are served.


The governing board's primary roles and responsibilities include approving all major educational and operational policies, contracts, the school's annual budget, and Executive Director selection; overseeing the school's fiscal affairs; and ensuring all provisions of the charter school legislation is followed. The Executive Director has the authority and responsibility of managing day-to-day operations of our school, including the selection of administrative, certificated, and classified personnel.


If you are interested in a position on our Hawking STEAM Charter School Board of Directors please email Executive Director Lorena Chavez: lchavez@hawkingcharter.org for more information.  

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A Love for Science

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Stephen W. Hawking

Stephen William Hawking, born 8 January 1942 is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.