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Hyde School

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Posted July 15, 2014

I attended Hyde for 3 years and graduated, and I have an over all positive feeling about my experience. As with most boarding schools, students are punished for breaking rules. For some reason Hyde students believe they're the only boarding school that has to do work detail, but thats not the case. Many students at Hyde struggle with drug/alcohol issues, or mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, etc., or a combination of the two. I think the staff needs to be trained to better deal with these things because frankly some of the teachers were flat out rude when dealing with students who were struggling with these things. However, I used to use my anxiety as an excuse to get out of things so it was a good thing that some teachers were able to tell when I was legitimately struggling or just faking it. Students are 3 season athletes, with the option for Drama in the winter, or if they're convincing enough (or injured) they can manage a team or even do an independent sport. I've been out of Hyde for 2 years now, and I'm still in touch with many of my teachers there. This is a life long experience, not high school. Parental involvement is necessary & beneficial.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2014

Our family attended Hyde school and benefitted from it enormously. It is a school that values family, character and student effort over raw talent. Students/families are held to a high standard of character which many find hard to do. Do not send your child to Hyde to be "fixed" socially or academically. Hyde encourages families to be fully involved in resolving student cahllenges and promoting success. So, there will be complaints from families not willing to be held to this standard. Academics are not five star as effort and character are benchmarks for success. Make no mistake about this, however, Hyde has a rigorous course of study. My ONLY wish is that Hyde would promote independent study skills for students going onto college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

Hyde School saves kids lives. My 15 yr old son had high risk behavior and life at home was hell. no other school would accept him except Hyde. He spent two years there . . were they easy? NO. did he love Hyde?, NO. The main thing is he was in a safe environment, getting a high school degree, playing sports, volunteering for habitat for humanity. That was five yrs ago. My son has matured and is amazing today and I think Hyde gets a lot of credit for saving him and my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

This place was absolutely horrible. Karma will bite the people who did wrong. That's why I don't feel a need to take legal action. Because they will eventually do something so wrong that it will cause public controversy and cause an investigation. which theres been many. the people who benefited were the wealthy wasps whose parents didn't struggle with the school. so do not respond and tell me you had a good experience. everyone is different.


Posted August 8, 2013

DO NOT SEND YOUR KID HERE! I want here for for 2 years. I am now a senior in college doing very well academically, but I cannot express how much damage this school did to me. I still have regular dreams about 2/4, their disciplinary program I was always on for manipulating or getting into arguments with the seniors, who controlled the other students. This school is a dog-eat-dog world. And they are extremely manipulative and brainwash the parents into thinking they are doing their child a favor. They make me change a speech they make me make about the school to make them look better while I was there. The kids have to wake up at 5am and workout for the slightest offenses, and are not allowed to speak to anyone the entire time they're on the disciplinary program. This school is full of druggies, thieves, and control freaks, and as a former student who has 6 years away from it, I would NEVER send my kids there.


Posted August 8, 2013

To the parent who submitted the post on The Hyde School on 2/16/12. You said you moved your child from Hyde to another boarding school. Would you share the name of that school?


Posted October 16, 2012

I had the unfortunate experience of attending Hyde for one semester. I can objectively say that this semester was the low point of my life. The school's basic premise is "You are here because you have done something wrong, we are going to fix you". Hyde has a bleak atmosphere. The vast majority of students, do not want to be there. Classes are not very informative, and were far worse when compared to my public school classes. The main problem with Hyde, is the Gauld approach to morality. The gaulds preach "excellence" and "attitude", and by conforming to these principles, you somehow live a life of purpose. If students have problems of any kind, including disagreement, they are put on a work detail program with physical workouts, lack of food, concluded with not going to class. Its hard to put into words how bad of school this is, but if you truly love your child, do not send them to this school. IF you meet with this school ask them about 2-4. Ask them how many cases of drug violations they have a semester. Ask if they allow religious activities or belief (they dont). Hyde is not a place to send your child to school, do your research and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2012

I spent 2 years and 1 summer at Hyde in Bath. I think the most important thing I would tell people who are considering Hyde is to take it in strides. Not everything that you will be confronted with is the right thing for you and you have to get to know yourself well enough to distinguish what you CAN apply to your life, and what is not a good fit for you. That being said, there were however some less than friendly tactics used on students, and in my opinion slightly abusive. I'm writing this 5 years after graduating so I've had lots of time to reflect on my time there. I do absolutely appreciate the experience. I took what I could away from it and discarded the rest. I grew rapidly and was able to access a part of my brain I had never used before. If your child has a horribly immature disposition I wouldn't recommend it at all. Also, do your research, they don't tell you most of what really happens there. Ask alumni, ALWAYS. There were some excellent teachers, who may have no been quite as credited to teach, but as people they were supportive and smart. The academics were a bit dodgy. There were some really great classes and then some...not so much. Little to no language arts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2012

Our family had a very negative experience with the Hyde School (Connecticut campus). We were looking for a school that offered structure and a healthy emphasis on values. Our initial interview and the school's public relations materials did not provide sufficient information about what we later discovered: a school that is very doctrinaire in its approach and that tends to use a "one size fits all" protocol. While we appreciate the importance of students' and parents' attitudes -- a hallmark of Hyde's curriculum -- we were distressed to discover that Hyde can be very punitive and cult-like in the implementation of its model. We met many parents who, like us, concluded that Hyde's approach is more destructive than constructive and that other boarding schools offer a much more enlightened approach. After one year we moved our child to another school that was much more nurturing and supportive while, at the same time, holding students and parents to very high standards; our child and family thrived there, in contrast to our year at Hyde. We have since conferred with many other former Hyde parents who discovered that other boarding schools offer a much healthier environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

this is a great school and i see major improvements in my child. i am confident that it is a wise choice to send your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

The Hyde School at Woodstock offers a one of a kind program that really helps kids and families meet their full potential. The leadership is excellent and the administration, faculty and staff model the Hyde philosophy. Not only do students leave Hyde with a first class education, they also have the tools to lead a purposeful life full of integrity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

I am a proud parent of a Hyde graduate. Our son is now a college senior, accountable for his actions and his life. Hyde helped us all find the tools we need to live our best life. It was hard work, it was challenging, but it was also fun and supportive. We learned to take risks. It gave our family the chance to get out of our "roles" and look at ourselves as individuals. What do we really want for ourselves? The teachers and staff are among the most caring people I have found in education. They will truly go to the ends of the earth for you and your child (even during vacations!) . I think everyone should spend some time at Hyde. I can say that Hyde School helped our son become the young man we knew he could be, we just didn't know how to get him there. I'll be forever grateful for the changes in our whole family because of our experience at Hyde.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

For our family Hyde has been the ideal place primarily because it a school where the whole family learns. The kids are learning academically but also those life skills. Our son was essentially non responsive at home. He was doing as little as possible. Even during the interview we knew this place was special...and our son did as well. His perspective has changed dramatically. He still has a way to go but he is on the right track. The entire experience has been great for the family. The parent program is excellent and we have learned a great deal about ourselves along the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

As the parent of a rising senior at Hyde, I highly recommend Hyde to those willing to fully engage in "character based education." Two years ago, I was skeptical of the school's philosophy and educational commitment. Through work and not words Hyde has proven me wrong. Not only has Hyde challenged our son academically, athletically and personally, but they have done the same with every member of our family. The faculty not only challenges our son, but they are there 24 hours a day, good times and bad. Similarly, the school's leadership is truly outstanding. I admit that Hyde is not for everyone, however, for those truly willing to immerse themselves in the betterment of their lives and those of their children, Hyde is the place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

We sent our daughter to Hyde School and it was an experience the whole family will not forget in a positive way. I became a better parent and my daughter matured greatly during her three years at Hyde. I have continued personal growth that started when we sent her to Hyde and that have helped me immensely. I would recommend Hyde school to every parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

Hyde considers not only the child, but the whole family dynamic critical in establishing and maintaining character development in their students. They bravely take on some students who have behavior problems, and their response to infractions always includes a belief in the child's potential and ability to do their best. Our daughter received a solid foundation of values and ethics as well as a good education at Hyde, and as parents we began a journey of personal growth from which the entire family benefitted. I cannot recommend it more highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

I have to agree 100% with the April 19th, 2011 posting. They do not follow through at all. If your child is a dicipline issue, they suspend them or they send them home without a refund. Also, I was horrified to learn the amount of sneaking around the students do on campus and what many of them do after lights out. There were a few teachers, however, maybe 3, that were very strong and the rest were very young or out of practice. The parent education program, I have to say though, is invasive but enlightening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

Hyde, although having some very good aspects, is not a school who carries through with your child to the end, actually not a school where disciplinary action is done inside of school but instead your child is sent home for weeks at a time, and no you don't get a refund. Like anyplace some teachers are great. Fifty percent are either too young, have no experience, too seasoned and need to retire. There are a number who tend to be verbally abusive. The difference, you're paying a high price for these 'teachers'. Most notable are the amount of teens with extreme drug, alcohol and self -mutilation issues for which there is no professional help on site, employed. There are also very wealthy families whose children are not held to the same standards. I think of Hyde, after 2.5 years as becoming a school who doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Hyde challenged my son and I to reach our potential through a series of challenges. My son discovered his passion which he has pursued in college. He also overcame his challenge in English with reading and writing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2010

Hyde was an amazing journey for our family. Our original intention was to have our middle son attend Hyde. Six years later, all three of our sons had graduated from Hyde (the other two asked to go to Hyde). I simply can't imagine where we (our family as a whole and as individuals) would be today without the tools and guidance Hyde gave us.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Two or more races N/A 2%
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