Building on the strong foundation developed in the HWIS preschool program, the Elementary program employs a full language immersion model. Educators systematically teach all content matter in the target language with increasing exposure to English each year, ensuring mastery and depth of understanding of the material by students.
It is through this intensive exposure to academic content in a second languagethat students develop mental flexibility, which leads to greater cognitive abilities and advanced language proficiency.
The HudsonWay Immersion School curriculum is based on an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach that facilitates student mastery of content standards in language arts, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and history. Educators use discussion-based, interdisciplinary, project-based learning (DBIPBL)units of study so that students are challenged to think broadly and deeply about essential questions and the application of their skillsets.
HWIS employs flexible groupings and on-going assessments>—formative and summative—to ensure that it differentiates and maximizes learning for each student. Students are grouped by language level and across age groups. As a result, standardized test results for our students in grades 3 through 5 show, on average, significantly higher scores in subject matter tested in English as compared to the national norm of independent schools. In addition, HWIS students demonstrate a higher level of language proficiency compared to other immersion programs.
Elementary Entry program
Though most students begin their bilingual journey starting in preschool, it is possible for students without prior exposure to the language to join in the early elementary years and catch up to his/her peers in a few years. The criteria for a successful “Elementary Entry” student is the following:
- The student is academically on or above grade level in the home language, typically English
- The student is internally motivated to learn a second language
- The student has typical self-regulation skills, and has formed good study habits
Students interested in joining immersion in Kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 2 may require support of additional tutoring (not included in the tuition) to ensure a smooth and successful transition.
“I just wanted to let you know that I had Sage take the SCAT this past Sunday to qualify for Johns Hopkins CTY summer programs and classes. She scored above the cutoffs for Advanced CTY level which reflects ability approximately 4 grade levels above the enrolled grade! I credit this to her fantastic teachers and education at HudsonWay. Her score on this SCAT exam now means that she will be able to qualify for all Johns Hopkins summer camps (commuter and sleep away) and virtual classes through high school!” – Colleen Eng
Meet Sage and Michael Morgan
Sage joined HWIS in Grade 2 without prior background in Mandarin and within one year she was able to complete assignments in the target language.
“ I had Sage take the SCAT to qualify for Johns Hopkins CTY summer programs and classes. She scored above the cutoffs for Advanced CTY level which reflects ability approximately 4 grade levels above the enrolled grade! I credit this to her fantastic teachers and education at HudsonWay. Her score on this SCAT exam now means that she will be able to qualify for all Johns Hopkins summer camps (commuter and sleep away) and virtual classes through high school!” – Colleen Eng
Meet Kira Redmond, NJ alumnae in Spanish program who joined in Grade 4 without prior Spanish.