HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) is a full immersion Mandarin and Spanish school serving children aged 2 through Grade 8. The school is located on two campuses – Stirling, NJ and Midtown West, NYC.
Students can enter in preschool or elementary without prior background in Spanish or Mandarin. However, it is extremely easy for children to learn a second language in their first years of life, so parents are encouraged to start the journey as early as possible.
Our students become bilingual through a supportive and very effective language immersion environment.
How would you rate HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS)?
I can say with full confidence that HudsonWay Immersion School is the best Mandarin immersion school in NYC. This is our child’s second year here and we are very pleased with her academic and social development. We have been amazed that our 3 ½ year old daughter is not only completely fluent in Mandarin and starting to recognize simple Chinese characters/words but also beginning to read in English. (I should note that English is the main language spoken in our home so we are especially thrilled about the Mandarin fluency). Both the Mandarin and English Language Arts teachers that we have had have been great and very accessible. The administration is also very approachable and responsive.
The class sizes are intentionally kept small which overall is terrific as we have seen that it allows the teachers to provide individualized attention to the children and customize teaching methods to help each child excel. The one potential concern to the small class size that we had before the start of the school year was that our child might not be able to make as many friends as her class is a little smaller than the others. However, we have seen that the small class size has allowed our daughter and her classmates to form strong bonds with one another which has been wonderful to see. As a result, the parents have become friendly with one another as well and often try to get together outside of school functions.
The school is culturally diverse and for the most part I sense a shared appreciation among parents for the opportunity to have our children learn in such a unique environment. My husband and I are very grateful to be a part of the HudsonWay community. We actually used to live in LA in a neighborhood that had one of the best school districts in the country but decided to move to NYC when our daughter turned 2 years old in large part so that she could attend this school. Teaching our child to speak Mandarin was a priority and in my research I have found HudsonWay to be the benchmark for Mandarin immersion. This is what is important to us and we are glad to support and grow with the school.
Overall, if anyone is even just exploring the idea of a second language for their child, I would encourage them to visit the school, talk to the master teachers and observe the classrooms. HudsonWay may not be a fit for everyone but we are happy and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great immersion school!
Over the past 4 years HudsonWay Immersion has been a supportive and wonderful educational environment for our children.
We have seen our son grow academically in Mandarin, English and Mathematics at HudsonWay, with the support of great teachers in a small class size setting. Furthermore within each K to 5 class teachers are able to flexibly group students in different academic areas based on the individual needs and abilities of each child. Outside of the strong academics, the carefully curated after school offerings such as Abacus, Chess, Spanish, Drama and Robotics further enhance and compliment the curriculum.
Ultimately seeing our son progress as he has made it an easy decision to enroll our daughter, who is already benefiting from her first year at HudsonWay and learning Mandarin as if it was her first language.
Our son started school this year and we couldn't be HAPPIER! He loves his teachers, we are always able to reach them and admin staff. He views learning as something fun and positive and we can't imagine a more positive experience for him.
I have 2 sons at this school and couldn't be happier with their progress. Both children are able to speak, read, and write in Spanish thanks to their immersion experience there. They are also each testing a grade ahead in math. We are all very happy at the school.
Hudson Way Immersion School is the best Mandarin Chinese Immersion school in New York City. Our son has been in the primary school for 2 years now and is thriving in every way: academically, emotionally, and socially. We’re very happy to be a part of this school and the parent community at Hudson Way, which is very global, diverse and down-to-earth.
The academic curriculum at Hudson Way is thoughtful and well researched, based on best practices, and is comparable to top private schools. Elizabeth, the director of the school, has over 30 years of language immersion education experience. Other staff members are all experienced in Mandarin immersion education, as well.
We were amazed when my son came home after just 3 months of Kindergarten and was able to read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in Chinese from cover to cover and could write Chinese characters to make me a hand-written Thanksgiving Day card. This is impressive, given that many of his peers in English-speaking private schools can’t read this book in English at this age. My son’s Chinese is fluent, and his accent is authentic like a local Mainland Chinese native speaker. (In contrast, I’ve heard from parents of kids who attended Hudson Way for pre-school but moved to Avenues for primary school that their children’s Mandarin Chinese regressed after just one year at Avenues.)
I like that Hudson Way is able to stream children according to their individual English reading and math level, which is possible to do at a smaller school. Although the class sizes are smaller and therefore provide for greater individualized attention, the flip side is that there are fewer classmates for students to be friends with over the course of their education at Hudson Way. There are pros and cons. We balance this by ensuring my son is active in team sports and makes friends through his other extra-curricular activities in addition to the friends he has at school. As the school grows and expands, this should become less of an issue.
Overall, we’ve been happy with our experience at Hudson Way and would recommend it to others!
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