Barbara Hawkins Elementary "Home of the Mighty Hornets"
We are a national and international model for educational excellence.

About Us


Barbara Hawkins Elementary is located at 19010 N. W. 37th Avenue on 10.03 acres in Miami Gardens, Florida, a predominantly African American community. Our school is an attractive, well-maintained facility with a dedicated staff and a “family” type atmosphere.  The school was constructed in 1960 and has undergone two major additions and renovations. Barbara Hawkins Elementary, originally called North Carol City Elementary, consists of a regular elementary with a resource Gifted program. There are approximately 368 students enrolled (90% Black/Non Hispanic, 9% Hispanic, 1% other) in grades, pre-kindergarten through grade five. Most of the students are economically disadvantaged as evidenced by the fact that 94% receive free or reduced price meals. Instruction is provided by a highly trained staff of 44 full and 9 part-time employees. The teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators are committed to providing appropriate and challenging educational programs for our students.







Barbara Hawkins University is a national and international model for educational excellence.







Our unified team of committed colleagues ensures that every student experiences success everyday culminating in 100 percent proficiency across all areas- academically, socially, and emotionally.



Barbara J. Hawkins

1948- 2000















Barbara Hawkins was a teacher and the principal at North Carol City Elementary from 1990 to 2000.  The school was renamed in her honor in 2000.


"Barbara J. Hawkins was a principal who spent endless hours developing and implementing programs for her 'precious babies' so they would have the 'tools' to improve their reading, writing and mathematics skills.  Student Achievement was our principal's first, but not the only priority.  She also provided a safe learning environment and many self-esteem activities for all of the students.  Project Proud, Nine-week honor roll assemblies, Do The Right Thing and the Boys Mentor Group are just some of the many activities Mrs. Hawkins implemented.  Mrs. Hawkins was a role model to her staff, parents and students.  She was a 'teacher' of the grandest scale.  She also taught them that 'if you dream it you can achieve it' and many of our students matured into young ladies and gentlemen who are now attending colleges majoring in the fields of education, law enforcement, business management and medicine.  'Every child can and will learn' was Mrs. Hawkins philosophy.


"Mrs. Hawkins may not be visible everyday to walk the halls of North Carol City Elementary, but her spirit and her legacy will.  Her students continue to excel and become the bright, young ladies and gentlemen that she would expect them to be."


written by Ms. Linda Harrison, Assistant Principal at North Carol City Elementary 1990-2000



School Information


School Hours:


  Prekindergarten:  8:20 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Kindergarten- First Grade: 8:20 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Second - Fifth Grade: 8:35 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.


Every Wednesday, all grade levels (K-5) are dismissed at 1:50 p.m.



Attendance Policy



Florida State law requires school attendance of minors age sixteen and under. At Barbara Hawkins Elementary we believe that regular school attendance is essential for academic achievement. Students should report to school each day and on time. Every absence must be followed up with a note from the parent/guardian indicating the nature of the absence. Students with ten unexcused absences will be enrolled in the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP). In addition to the Truancy Intervention Program, school personnel will contact parents/guardians periodically when a student is absent.


Home Learning



Home learning assignments are an essential component of the instructional process at Barbara Hawkins Elementary School. Our students have home learning assignments every night. Even if a specific assignment was not assigned by the teacher, reading for thirty minutes daily will always be an assignment required by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Encourage your student to read and then have your student summarize the book they just read in writing or verbally.



           Grade Level          Frequency of Assignments                    Length of Assignments


                   K-1                 Daily (5 days a week)                                          30 minutes

                   2-3                  Daily (5 days a week)                                          45 minutes

                   4-5                  Daily (5 days a week)                                          60 minutes







"A Defining Year... The Best is Yet To Come" PREPARING OUR STUDENTS TO BE COLLEGE READY 19010 NW 37th Avenue Miami, FL 33056 Phone: (305) 624-2615 Fax: (305) 621-9839
 WE ARE COMMITTED To Helping Young People Reach Their Full Potential! We are preparing students to be college ready.