Admissions

Welcome to HudsonWay Immersion School!

HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) is a diverse language immersion community with two dynamic campuses in northern New Jersey and Midtown West, New York City. HWIS was actually the first Mandarin and Spanish immersion school in New York City when the program began in 2005, and we remain pioneers in the language immersion space today.

Increasingly, globalization has underscored the importance of language acquisition and the value of understanding the world's many cultures. HWIS offers students total immersion in one of two target languages, Mandarin or Spanish, and has an enviable small student-teacher ratio that facilitates learning and allows for one-on-one teaching support. Our educators are native speakers of the immersion language, a key differentiator of HudsonWay Immersion School, and a contributing factor to our students' consistency in attaining the Seal of Biliteracy distinction.

Approximately 80% of HudsonWay Immersion School students come from families who do not speak the target language at home. Nevertheless, students immersed in language at HWIS excel at learning a second language along with all of their other core curricular subjects such as math and language arts. Over the years, HudsonWay has grown into a tight-knit community that provides a rigorous academic environment for its preschool through middle school students. As important, HWIS students go on to place into top-tier independent schools in New Jersey and New York.

As numerous research studies have shown, the case for language immersion is extremely compelling. We are so glad your family is considering the unique opportunities offered by immersion education.

Sincerely,
Sharon Huang
Founder and Board Member

ADMISSION MILESTONES

1

Information Session

Register for an Info Session about HudsonWay Immersion School.
2

Admission Application

HudsonWay Immersion School has a rolling admission process. To facilitate financial aid requests, HWIS recommends that families apply for admission by January 31 of the desired year of enrollment.
3

Release of Records

For prospective students of Kindergarten through Middle School, HWIS requires a teacher recommendation and transcript from the student's current school. This form is part of the application checklist available once the admission application has been submitted.
4

Student Visit & Family Meeting

Upon receiving a completed admission application, HWIS will be in touch with families about how to continue the process virtually.

5

Financial Aid Request

Submit a letter outlining the need for financial aid to Bill Hicks, Chief Administrative Officer for HudsonWay Immersion School, at bhicks@hwis.org.
6

Financial Aid Documentation

Submit parents’ or guardians' W-2s and IRS Form 1040s for the last two years via School & Student Services. Documents should not be submitted directly to HWIS.
7

Financial Aid Decision

Receive notification by the Chief Administrative Officer within two weeks of the submission of all required documentation to School & Student Services.
8

Admission Decision

The admissions committee carefully reviews each candidate before a decision is made, and each family will be notified of the outcome of this process via email or phone call.
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