Students receive content instruction for language arts, math, science and English. Students in grades 4-5 will receive social studies as well in English on alternate weeks.

Typical K-5 schedule – The daily schedule is 8:30-3:30.

Beginning in kindergarten, we use flexible grouping to maximize learning in language arts and math in both English and the target language. We assess on a regular basis and group students at a similar level. This ensures that students are continually challenged and supported as needed.

Late Entry Immersion Program (LEIP)

Though most of our elementary students begin in our preschool program, we do have openings for students without prior Mandarin or Spanish exposure for entry in kindergarten to 3rd grade. Our Late Entry Immersion Program (LEIP) is designed for bright and motivated students desiring an academic challenge.

Through LEIP, students will learn alongside our current immersion students and will be provided extra support via after school tutoring to ensure success in learning academic content in a new language. Students will be assessed as part of the admissions process to be accepted to the program. Spaces per grade are limited.

It may take a year or two for a LEIP student to catch up to the level of students on the primary immersion track. By the time students graduate HWIS in fifth grade, they will have achieved a high level of proficiency in the target language. These students are prepared to move on to some of the most prestigious schools in the area.

After HWIS

HWIS students graduate not only with proficiency in English and the target language, but also with the skills to excel academically and communicate with the world around them, and with an appreciation for diversity and new adventures. These benefits allow our graduates to gain entrance to some of the most prestigious schools in the area.

immersion school graduation

New York Exmissions

Our New York students have been accepted to the following private schools:

  • Avenues
  • Brearley
  • Browning
  • Buckley Country Day (Long Island)
  • Calhoun
  • Cathedral School
  • Dwight
  • Dwight-Englewood (NJ)
  • Horace-Mann
  • Nightingale-Bamford
  • Presidio Knolls (San Francisco)
  • Riverdale
  • United Nations International School

New Jersey Exmissions

Our New Jersey students have been accepted to the following private schools:

  • Chatham Country Day
  • Farbrook
  • Kent Place
  • Montclair-Kimberly Academy
  • Morristown Beard
  • Newark Academy
  • Oak Knoll
  • Peck School
  • Pingry