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9-12
Private
Woodstock, CT
Students enrolled: 174
 

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Po Box 237
Woodstock, CT 06281

(860) 963-9096
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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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 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.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 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?

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
January 03, 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.

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December 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2009
Really caring faculty. Great arts program, including music. Amazing family program that helps teens work through issues with their parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
Gonul Blum My son got accepted to top schools in CA but he thought Hyde was the best by far. We are wery happy with School. It has been a great experience for our family.

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August 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 24, 2009
My son attended the Hyde school and it help him gain confidence and discipline. But it was their family program that had the greatest impact especially for me. It helped me develop a genuine relationship with my son and helped me become a better person.

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July 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 15, 2009
Hyde Woodstock, did my child no good. They approach every student with the same tactics, and do not tend to the special needs of every student. Although it is true that the Hyde process works on some of the students, there is only about a 10% success rate. after enrolling my son in the program for 2 years, he has actually gotten worse and our relationship has weakend. Durring the course of the second year he was also diagnosed with slight depression from the school physcologist, and was put on anti-depressants for 4 months. Hyde has changed my sons character, but not in a good way at all. so to all other parents trying to make a decision for your children, please be very careful with your research and don't just listen to the website.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
Hyde is a great school and really helped my family though our tough times!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
Hyde school is an excellent school. It addresses not just academics but the whole student, family included. They don't just talk about character they embody it.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
Hyde changed the way our family operated. My son, who was not on a college track is now attending school full time. While the school demanded a lot from us, the whole family benefited and still feels the impact today.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2008
Hyde school is based on a number of excellent ideals which unfortunately are not adhered to in day to day life. Often 'truth' is only sticking to the party line. Open discussion and criticism of any kind are not accepted well. The staff can be wonderful or very judgemental and overly harsh. The more indoctrinated they are into the Hyde view the less likely they are to be flexible. Staff delve deeply in the psyche of parents and students alike with little or no psychological training or support. Most kids at the school feel a terrible double standard exists between they way they are expected to behave and the way the staff behaves. I rarely if ever heard any kid say they liked Hyde other than in structured activities with a lot of staff around. Warning: if you have a child with emotional problems they will not be adressed appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2007
this is the best school for any child in that it teaches what is most important for any child to be learning - character education! family is involved and taught simultaneously with the student - excellent all around!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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May 31, 2007
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May 31, 2007
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October 05, 2006
Hyde transformed my son and our family. We all learned how to take responsibility for our actions, to move forward from wherever we were, and to create the change we want to see in our lives. You get out of this school what you put into it. Its hard for both students and parents, but worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
Hyde specializes in 'character education' and in turning around students who have had behavioral difficulties in other schools. Their approach is rigid and often judgmental, especially if a parent disagrees with their perspective. Academics are mediocre--my son aced his classes and said that they were much easier than those at his previous school. Some kids do well at Hyde, but many don't.

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October 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
Hyde School Woodstock is an excellent school for children who are talented or challenged. Our daughter has taken control of her life through the exceptional program for learning responsibility and taking positive steps to building stronger character. This change has given her the strength and courage to accept new challenges with a positive attitude. As a family we also have grown through the 'Hyde Process.' It may take a village to raise a child, but it starts with a healthy family.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Hyde is the ony school of it's kind in the nation that provides excellent academics, character building, and intense parent participation. The students are challenged daily in leadership roles, mentoring, academic achievement, risk taking, and above all, effort. The growth we experienced in our family was profound, and our home is now principled. Although our introduction to Hyde was through our eldest son who had fallen through the cracks at a large public high school, we are now committed to sending his two siblings as well. The school prepares students for a life of meaning, conscience, purpose, and leadership. And what more can you hope for as a parent?

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February 12, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 09, 2003
Although Hyde Schools have gotten the reputation as 'turn-around' schools, they are not as much about keeping a child from his/her worst as they are about helping them reach their best. It is ideal for any teen who has gotten distracted from their true potential by 'typical' teenage behaviors. The parent program has made an incredible impact on our family, helping us move to truth and connection in a way that we never dreamed possible with each of us striving for personal growth and our own 'Unique Potential'. As you can tell, I love this school and am so grateful that we found it! I highly recommend it for everyone and wish my parents sent me there!

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August 26, 2003
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August 26, 2003
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Hyde School
Po Box 237, Woodstock, CT  06281
(860) 963-9096
Last modified Hyde School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Hyde School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top