Hawthorn Woods (Lake Zurich) Reviews & Recognition

The love and commitment of our Goddard families inspires us every day. To help make each child’s learning experiences the best they can be, we are always happy to listen when parents share their expectations. Here’s what our families have to say.

  • Teachers are wonderful, the curriculum is appropriate for the child’s age and abilities and the fact that my 19 month old has fun and looks forward to going is really all I can ask for as a parent!

    Jonathan's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • Love the constant pictures and communication throughout the day. Safety is amazing! And the teachers and staff have been incredible.

    William & Adalyn's Mother

    Infant Classroom

  • My child is learning so much in Pre-K class! The teacher makes sure the class is working on literacy and math, but she also teaches them how to be good citizens and friends. Most importantly, my child knows that the teachers truly care. The special programming is also great--"ninja class," music, and chess make school even more exciting.

    Madeline & Spencer's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • I like how they treat your child as their own and make everyone as comfortable as possible. I also love the amazing activities they do through out the day.

    Isabella's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • We love The Goddard School in Hawthorn Woods- have had such a great Kindergarten experience during a pandemic. My daughter loves her teacher and staff and has made life long friends! A very comfortable place to be!

    Holly's Mother

    Kindergarten Classroom

  • I always recommend you guys. My kids are safe, happy and well educated. In the end what else do you want for them?

    Vaughn & Hazel's Mother

    Before/After School Program

  • I’ve had my kids at Goddard for the last 7 years or so and I’ve never been disappointed. I wholeheartedly recommend them to everyone in my neighborhood

    Vaughn & Hazel's Mother

    Before/After School Program

  • Many things to like this school the perfect owner who does everything for his employees and hired the best team of teachers that I enjoyed having them as teachers of my both boys. A clean and safe place to keep my kids at. My eldest just moved to KG with an incredible experience that he had at Goddard that he will never forgets. Thank you for everything. Hope my little one will have the same experience as well

    Zayn & Ewan's Mother

    Junior-K Classroom

  • Slava and Rachel take the time to truly hear and understand the parents concerns and hearts. My twin boys have thrived and blossomed at Goddard. Definitely recommended!

    Connor & Hudson's Father

    Before/After School Program

  • We have zero worries about our child’s safety or development when at Goddard.

    Isabella & Makayla's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • Teachers are amazing.

    Morgan & Madeline's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • The teachers are wonderful! The school is very clean and I know my kids are safe and well cared for.

    Matthew & Jack's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The teachers are so caring!

    Maya & Noah & Lily's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The teachers are great! They really care for the kids and it shows.

    Ella's Father

    Preschool Classroom

  • I like how they communicate everything...I love the teachers and it is obvious how much they love the children....I feel that my little girls is very safe there and will get the love and attention she needs

    Grace's Mother

    Toddler Classroom

  • We love everything about our school. Our daughter has grown and learned more than we could have ever done on our own!

    Lana's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • I love the structure, the constant communication of what my kid is doing throughout the day and the very nice and welcoming staff.

    Abigail & Joshua's Mother

    Pre-K Classroom

  • Creative, fun, play-based learning environment that motivates my daughter as she lokks forward to going to school each day.

    Mikayla & Isabella & Jacob's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The structure and the fact that the parents are notified of everything going on, whether it be a monthly or daily basis.

    Abigail's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • The structure is key to my child's development. We have seen the benefits of the Goddard way.

    Addison & Emily's Father

    Preschool Classroom

  • The variety and effectiveness. It's great to see how my son absorbs the daily activities.

    Liam's Father

    Preschool Classroom

  • The curriculum is hands on and exploratory for students!

    Lilly & Emma's Mother

    Preschool Classroom

  • Solid curriculum, responsive people, you are preparing my kids well for first grade.

    Claire & Presley's Father

    Toddler Classroom

  • It gives children the opportunity to learn in a fun environment teaching them early that learning is fun.

    Teryn & Taylor's Mother

    Toddler Classroom


The Goddard Humanitarian Award honors franchisees who are devoted to the welfare of humanity by making the world a better place through early childhood education.

February 2024 - February 2025


Bernie’s Book Bank collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

January 2015 - January 2023


This award recognizes the best in the Chicagoland area -- as voted by the readers of the Daily Herald.

January 2017 - January 2023


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredits early childhood programs according to health, safety and education standards. The standards are intended to provide a reliable and accountable accreditation system to encourage the field of early childhood education to strive for a new level of excellence.

June 2015 - June 2020


The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is an early childhood assessment system that assists teachers in making informed and individualized instructional decisions. CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide. Stress-free and developmentally appropriate for young learners, this program assesses each student¹s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts.

January 2017 - January 2018


ExceleRate Illinois recognizes a program's commitment to quality beyond the basic state licensing requirements (which cover seven broad areas including staffing, programming, health, safety and hygiene). The Gold Circle of Quality shows the program has gone the extra mile to make sure your child receives the enhanced learning and care experience.

July 2014 - July 2015


This award is presented annually and acknowledges a market that has demonstrated the best collaborative effort in representing The Goddard Schools in their community.

January 2014 - January 2015
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