There are definitive cognitive benefits to immersion education. Students develop a higher proficiency in both English and the target language relative to their monolingual peers. Immersion students also learn excellent reading skills and enhanced mathematical logic skills.
Children emerge from an immersion education with a competitive academic edge. The research is expansive and encompasses an array of measurement standards including Educational Record Bureau (ERB) testing and Avant Assessments. HudsonWay Immersion School students consistently attain the Seal of Biliteracy as a result of their testing performance. See our compilation of the Benefits of language immersion.
Founded in 2005, HWIS is the oldest immersion school in the Tri-State area and based on numerous academic testing results, HWIS students consistently outperform their monolingual independent school peers.
Approximately 90% of HudsonWay graduates are admitted to their top choice independent school once they leave HWIS. By the numbers, our students have superior English and math scores on standardized tests relative to their independent school peers as well as higher language proficiency scores in Mandarin and Spanish. HudsonWay is also, on average, 40% more affordable than top-tier independent schools. Explore HWIS Day School>
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Mandarin & Spanish Immersion | Preschool–Grade 8
Preschool at HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) is unique. Our Early Childhood program offers 90 to 100% language immersion during the day and a supportive environment for students as young as 2 years of age. Our commitment to full immersion ensures that our students acquire advanced language proficiency.
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.
HWIS 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 prepared for the world ahead. Students in middle school receive instruction in the target language for 40% of the day and in English for 60% of the day.