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Hudson Elementary School5
Posted February 27, 2015
- a parent
My children and I love Hudson. My kids have made great friends and love to come to school to be with their classmates. Every year I am so happy with the growth I see them make. My children read above grade level and they are continually challenged to grow more. I have been very pleased with all the classroom teachers and support teachers my children have worked with. I am thankful that my children are held to high standards. I love that the kids are rewarded for hard work and appropriate behavior. My kids often talk about being cooperative, respectful and showing kindness. These words are discussed regularly at Hudson. While I love that my kids are getting a high quality and challenging education, the thing I love most about Hudson is that my kids are happy to being going to school each day.
I am deeply impressed with Hudson Elementary School. I have two children that attend there and they love it. Socially, we have had no major issues with exclusion or bullying so far. My kids love the teachers and their friends. The parents in this school are very active and involved. What I really love about Hudson is how they have academically challenged my children. I would consider my kids to be slightly above average when it comes to reading and math. Hudson really challenges them, yet still gives them a sense of confidence and accomplishment. Hudson has assisted in the development of my children's enjoyment of learning. I know that no school is perfect. But so far Hudson has far exceeded my expectations for a great public elementary school. Two thumbs up from a happy father.
If your child struggles, this school will work hard to make sure your child succeeds. However, if your child is above average, they're not likely to be challenged academically. It has been our experience that the primary goal is not to ensure children meet their potential but only that they meet grade level expectations. There is no differentiation for students who excel. Those students just wait for the rest to catch up. In lower grades, out of the 300 min. allotted for reading ea. week, a student may meet in a group with the teacher for 60-90 min - less than 33% of the time. The rest of the time they read to themselves, listen to a book read on the computer or do worksheets - things they could do at home. All schools are not equal at the elementary level in WGSD. They rely heavily on funds from the PTOs. Hudson, having the highest number of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch in WGSD, does not even come close to raising the same amount of money as the other elementary schools. This economic disparity is reflected in Hudson's ability to supply current technology, curricular enhancements and even after-school opportunities.
This is our family's first year at Hudson and we feel really good about the choice. We considered other local private schools and the magnet school within the Webster district and ultimately chose Hudson. I haven't looked back once. My son is thriving in his kindergarten class and I really like the other families I've met. It's a wonderful school with a good set of community activities and many opportunities to get involved.
My husband and I love Hudson. I have a son and a daughter that attended this past year. Both of their teachers communicated with us were on top of their education. My children were sad to be leaving their school for the summer. Art, music and PE teachers are also fabulous. We have been very pleased with Hudson!
I knew moving into the district 7 years ago that we'd be happy with the choice, but almost immediately during my child's kindergarten year did we realize what a great place we had found in Hudson. From the very small student:teacher ratio, to the principals, to the experienced educators (many of them at Hudson their entire career) this school is right for so many reasons. They offer advanced enrichment such as a gifted program, strings, chess, etc. However this school is unique in that each and every child, regardless of learning or physical ability, is in a classroom where the gifted students and special needs students alike are blended together and work with one another on a daily basis. This brilliantly teaches humility, and fosters cooperation and inclusion. Hudson parents are heavily involved in every aspect of the school and the community, and they enjoy doing so. Each and every teacher is a student favorite, and both of the principals we've experienced in my daughter's time at Hudson were the prefect blend of lovable and professional. I truly believe you'd be happy with any school in the Webster Groves School District, but it's apparent to me how much we will miss Hudson.
I can't say enough good things about this school! The teachers are great, the principal is connected and involved, and if you have a special ed child like I do....you can breathe easy and relax when you send him/her here. That in itself is worth its weight in gold to parents of special needs children!
We have one child at Hudson and another who will attend when he's old enough. We debated about whether to send our children to Hudson or to a private school located in our neighborhood. After much thought, we went with Hudson, and we have been very happy with our choice. It is a wonderful community, where everyone looks out for each other and for each others' children. The staff is wonderful and knows all the kids. Hudson's "ROCKS" program has gotten our daughter to practice good citizenship, which is a great complement to academics. Her teacher is incredibly insightful and puts a ton of effort into communicating with parents and making sure we are working on the same things at home that she is working on at school. She recognizes our daughter's strengths and pushes her to excel. We love the diversity of the school, the caring community and the environment that Lisa Hilpert and her staff have created to make Hudson a place where kids are set up for academic and social success. I have mixed feelings about posting this review, because this school is a hidden gem, and that's part of what makes it so great. That said, the school deserves to be recognized for its excellence.
My husband & I were young when we purchased our home and weren't really thinking about the schools at the time. We now have two children: one that has graduated from Hudson and a second who is currently in 3rd grade there. We count ourselves very fortunate to live in Hudson's attendance area. Hudson was once considered the step-child of the District, but has made tremendous strides in recent years. Hudson's smaller size makes it a very child and family oriented school. Every staff member from the Principal to the teachers to the aides and custodians are warm and inviting and sincerely care about the children. They take care of my children's emotional needs as well as providing them with challenging and innovative core classroom work. My child was well prepared for the 6th grade center because of the skills she learned at Hudson. I would highly recommend Hudson Elementary to any family. Hudson ROCKS!
We recently moved to the STL area and I have two sons who attend. I have been quite disappointed with the competence of both the teachers and administration. Neither of my sons' teachers were able to articulate who or how the class curriculae were developed (I knew the answer before asking the question but I always ask it of every teacher as a control question). Their teachers also are completely non-responsive and seem completely lost regarding pedagogy for boys in particular. In fact, I get the distinct impression that the teachers and the administration harbor a clear disdain for boys and the typical challenges they present to elementary educators. We have met other parents who have observed the same phenomena and who have taken their boys out of the school. Would recommend anyone with boys to avoid this school if possible.