Building on the foundations developed in elementary school, HudsonWay provides a private middle school experience in a small class settling that engages students in a rigorous academic program aimed at producing bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural global citizens.
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
In accordance with our immersion model students in middle school receive core subject instruction 40% in the target language (Mandarin or Spanish) and 60% in English.
Here are subjects taught by language:
Target language – language arts, humanities
English – language arts, math, science, humanities, specials, advisory
Many students select the option of beginning a third language 3 times per week in middle school.
Here are 4 aspects which distinguish a HWIS Middle School Experience
Students continuing through HWIS middle school program can expect to achieve advanced proficiency in Mandarin or Spanish. Students will read and analyze literature, develop advanced writing skills, and speak on a variety of current world topics. By Grade 8 students can achieve intermediate high or advanced low levels on the ACTFL proficiency scale enabling them to achieve a Global Seal of Biliteracy, recognized in over 35 states.
Bilingual Spanish-English Newspaper “Verde, Amarillo, Blanco” by HWIS Students
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Project-Based Interdisciplinary Units with Global Perspective
HWIS provides students with opportunities to deepen skills of research, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and self-management with projects that are interdisciplinary and provide global perspective. For example, a unit on “The Impact of Technology on Exploration” will discuss the advances of Spanish and Chinese navigation in the 15th century and its impact on world dominance combining study of science, history and culture. Students will use creativity to demonstrate their disciplinary competencies, make connections across content areas, and apply their learning to real-world problems.
International Study Experiences
Every two years, middle school students will have an opportunity to travel to a Chinese or Spanish speaking part of the world and use their language skills with native speakers in a real-world project during the two-week spring break. Trips will provide a close-up view of large cities and rural villages to develop a broader cultural perspective.
Social Emotional and Executive Skills Development
During weekly advisory sessions, students will meet with an advisor in small groups to discuss and develop skills in conflict resolution, stress management, study skills, social interactions, self-advocacy, and oral presentation. Topics and support on health, and diversity and inclusion will also be discussed.
New Accelerated Learning Track for Incoming Middle School Students
Middle School Entry at HWIS
HWIS is continuing its commitment to Middle School through an alternate track for students new to immersion entering in Grades 5 & 6. This cohort of students will be grouped in a separate target language class and joined with existing immersion students for subjects taught in English. The goal of this program is for students to develop intermediate level of language proficiency by Grade 8, giving them an advantage in high school for further study and attainment of the Global Seal of Biliteracy. HWIS is offering enhanced financial aid up to 80% of the full tuition cost for qualified students.
Submit the application, including a student-written essay on “Why I am interested in joining the “HWIS Middle School Entry Track” 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