Building on the foundations developed in elementary school, HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) middle school students engage in a rigorous academic program aimed at producing bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural global citizens prepared for the world ahead. In accordance with our Immersion Model in Target Language, students in middle school receive instruction in the target language for 40% of the day and in English for 60% of the day.
HWIS utilizes a project-based, inquiry approach to teaching and learning. It provides students with opportunities to develop their skills in research, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and self-management. They use creativity to demonstrate their disciplinary competencies and are challenged to make connections across content areas as well as apply their learning to develop solutions to real-world problems.
Students deepen their learning in middle school guided by challenging academic standards and rigorous coursework. The core curricular subjects are each taught five days per week. HWIS believes that a strong foundation in the core subjects is essential for academic success in high school. To optimize learning in math and the target language, educators continue with the flexible grouping approach in the middle school.
The middle school core curriculum at HWIS includes:
• English Language Arts
• Mandarin or Spanish Language Arts
• Sciences: Earth Science, Physical Science, & Life Science
• Arts: Visual Arts & Music
• Physical and Health Education
New Accelerated Learning Track for Incoming Middle School Students
Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, HudsonWay Immersion School is launching a new middle school Accelerated Learning Track designed to support incoming 6th-grade students with limited prior exposure to Mandarin or Spanish. By the time Accelerated Learning Track students graduate from the HWIS program in eighth grade, these students will have developed advanced bilingual and biliteracy skills.
In this dual-language immersion track students will:
• Work towards a Global Seal of Biliteracy in either Mandarin or Spanish and English with the support of a dedicated middle school humanities teacher
• Learn alongside current language immersion students for math, science and English language arts being taught in English
• Learn in small flexible groups which enables students to progress beyond grade-level standards in math and language arts
• Travel internationally on spring break to participate in meaningful service-learning projects during the middle school years
• Have access to a guidance counselor to support 9th-grade applications to top-tier independent schools
• Pursue individual interests supported through a choice of electives, Genius Hour, and after school clubs
HWIS is providing scholarships for the first incoming class of the Accelerated Language Track, an award based on a combination of merit and financial need in the value of up to 80% of the full cost of tuition. The award can be renewed each year until graduation in Grade 8 in the year 2022.
To be considered for the award, students and their families must:
Submit the application, including a student-written essay on “Why I am interested in joining the Accelerated Language Track at HWIS” of no more than 600 words.
Once the application is submitted, the family will receive a checklist for the following items:
• Transcripts from the past two years of school
• ISEE scores from recent school year
• Student to meet with teachers and peers
• Parent meeting with admissions
• Financial aid application
Questions? Contact the Admissions Advisor for your campus of interest.
During advisory meetings, students come together in groups of 5-8 to discuss areas important for social-emotional development. Groups are paired with a faculty member who will guide discussions about what it means to support one another, how we discuss feelings, and how to maintain healthy minds and bodies.
Genius Hour is the time during which students are encouraged and supported as they develop a project based on a passion. They apply a practical approach to developing skills based on an open-ended problem and in so doing, learn how to research, make decisions based on data, develop a plan, and outline milestones.
Study Outside the Classroom
Each year, HWIS students engage in explorations beyond our classroom walls with field trips in and around the New York City area, as well as on longer trips to nearby cities such as Boston and Washington D.C. where we explore history and government.
Service Learning is emphasized throughout the middle school program at HudsonWay. Language immersion unique positions students for opportunities to apply their classroom learning and language competency to serve the communities in which they live.
5 Benefits to Middle School Language Immersion
1. Continued support for learning a second language: Most public and private schools cannot support high levels of language proficiency from grade 6
2. Advanced language proficiency: Students that remain in a language immersion program achieve more advanced levels of language proficiency and avoid regression
3. Longer cognitive benefits: Language immersion in middle school lengthens the cognitive benefits of immersion
4. Better positioning for high school: There are more spaces available at top-tier independent schools in grade 9 as compared to grade 6
5. Helpful for service-learning projects: Language skills support many service-learning projects that become available in middle school