We are glad to have the opportunity to tell other parents of our experience at Hudson. We hope our input helps parents direct their kids to success. Overall, we are not happy at Hudson for three reasons: 1) There are very few exceptionally bright children. Most of them are quite average and we agree that they ride on success of the very few smart ones 2) The school lacks true diversity and so many of the kids come from the same boring "well to do" families. 3) There is a large percentage of bratty, misbehaved, and bully types of children at the school. Interestingly, they are smart enough to wear their "well mannered" faces when parents, teachers, or adults are around. The sad truth about this school is that the school is producing the average. Their reputation outside of Hudson County isn't that respected and we now understand why. If you truly have a bright child and want her/him exposed to diversity and challenge, Hudson is not the place for your family.
the school is overrated. parents here complains louder because they are paying so expensive. kids are avearge sudent and also school is very small. not worth it.
As for the HIGH SCHOOL, here are the pluses: It's very very diverse -demographically, socially and academically. Your child will feel freer to explore who s/he is, rather than fit into a box. Some teachers will go out of their way to help your child. And the school has a remarkably good record in terms of college acceptances. The negatives: The school's leadership is lacking and has blinders on. A few teachers get away with not doing very much teaching at all. [If the administration reads this: it's really time to overhaul the Without Walls class. ] The bottom line: Not perfect by a long shot. This is not an "elite" private school. BUT if your child needs an environment that isn't a pressure cooker, and you're looking for a place where s/he could find his/her voice, this could be a good place.
Our experience at the school has been somewhat disappointing. When we enrolled two years ago, we were under the impression that the school was for exceptionally bright children. What we found in actuality was that the school holds (and accepts) a majority of average children and a few that are exceptional. As a result, the few highly intelligent carry the weight of the average in terms of high test scores and awards. We came to realize that most kids we know get "accepted" into the school with ease and that most of them are not gifted in anyway, especially academically. We are writing this review so that no other parents go through what we have to go through looking for another school that is more challenging because we believed all the talk and chatter of the school's uniqueness and high standards. What you have at Hudson are a mostly average kids with supportive parents with the money to pay the tuition.
The Hudson School offers an incredibly unique academic experience. As a high school student here, I am still impressed with the myriad course options available. In addition to its rigorous academics, the school truly focuses on educating the whole child. Hudson's overall atmosphere is laid-back and supportive. The teachers want you to do well, and above all, learn and understand. The student body is very diverse; I have friends from all different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. While I did not attend Hudson's middle school, I can easily say that it looks like an incredible academic experience. The middle school has a unique curriculum that prepares its students for top high schools, just as the high school prepares its students for admission to rigorous colleges. If I were to sum up a Hudson School education, I would say the following: The Hudson School offers a "real-learning" experience. The English teachers teach how to write effectively; the Math department teaches students how to think like mathematicians, and so on. Critical thinking and community are the most defining elements of the school. It's too unique to describe--I encourage you to come check it out.
The Hudson School is not just a school, it's a family. They nutured my daughter from grades 5 to 12. The faculty is extremely dedicated. Parental involvement was encouraged and I benefited by it. The academics are challenging but the intangables come with it. By the time they prepared her for college she had fantastic study skills, organizational skills and confidence. These traits helped her so much in college. The entire family was rewarded by it's involvement with the Hudson School!
A graduate in the class of 2013 said in their speech last year, I started at Hudson in eighth grade, uncomfortable in my own skin, believing that there was no place where I could fit and truly belong. Thank you for proving me wrong. This kind of accolade is common, not only among students, but also faculty and parents. The Hudson School is a warm, supportive and familial place -- perhaps the nicest place I have ever worked. It's not only the warm atmosphere that keeps teachers working here for 20 and 30 years. Another teacher said to me today, "This school is an extraordinary place where we as teachers are given room to grow and are motivated by the intellectual environment to challenge not only the students, but ourselves. We as teachers are encouraged to think imaginatively, to use new ideas in place of what's expected, to detach from the old and already known and limited, and to be able to accept new perspectives."
This school has a wonderful blend of strong academics and support. The teaching staff is very engaged, and all the kids (including in the upper grades) are very supportive of one another. The school maintains high standards but also allows the kids to grow on their own. My child is learning a lot and growing as a person every day while getting a very well-rounded education that requires her to learn facts but also how to think on her own, speak publicly and analyze a lot of material. In short, it is a warm, loving environment that urges and insists that children take their education seriously, be an active part of their community and enjoy being a child. I love this place!
I would like to respond to the previous review - yes, there are tests and homework, but neither I or my husband found it to be overbearing for our child. It was just the right amount. Our kid had plenty of time to be on Facebook, read, watch TV in the evening and go to all the additional clubs and socialize with other kids. Our family loved the school, it was wonderful experience with some hiccups, but nothing is absolutely perfect: there always be amazing teachers and not so great ones, but kids have to learn how to work with both. Hudson has many truly amazing teachers and I wish I had at least one of them as my teacher when growing up. It is very personal, very nurturing environment, but it is for very bright kids: it can be a tough place academically for some children. At the same time Hudson has been very accommodating as it offered 3 levels of math for middle-schoolers. There is a lot of pressure to get to the best possible college and there is fierce competition. Whenever my kid goes in life, Hudson taught him/her this very much needed lesson on how to face these types of pressures in a very loving, very liberal and highly academic atmosphere.
If you want your child to be completely overwhelmed with homework, essays, tests, and projects, go to the Hudson School. Here, your child will be doing busywork and tests/assessments in every subject every day. This is especially problematic in the seventh and eighth grades towards the end of the year, where the students must juggle weekly tests, daily graded assignments, finals, and multiple projects at once. For increased results from the pupils, some teachers allow the students to be exempt from the final for that class if they perform exceptionally in each quarter. However, this is made up for when these same teachers give huge projects, papers, and presentations at the end of the year anyway. The workload is overbearing and leaves no time for the student to enjoy the leisure of simply being a kid. Those with long-distance commutes have it even worse as they cannot spare a minute, for they must always be thinking of homework and upcoming tests. There is so much pressure being put on the kids as the teachers grade nearly everything the student hands in, and constantly announce the person with the highest grade.
The Hudson School has one of the most unique, progressive and positive learning environments I have ever seen in a school. Mrs. Newman, the compassionate and dedicated principal, is aware of everything that goes on and genuinely cares deeply about each student. The teachers challenge each child as an individual and appreciate everyone's unique talents. Passion is evident all around, among the students and staff. You can often hear students engaged with teachers in interesting discussions in the hallways.The work load is challenging but manageable, the classes small, and the staff fosters self-esteem and curiosity. For anyone seeking solid academics in a loving, slightly alternative environment, Hudson delivers. It's a small school with a big heart.
This school is a unique school, and it does its job. It diligently educates students, while also managing to teach them about current issues in the real world. Its science and math programs are great, and the teachers---such as Mr. Raisa, Ms. Couturie, and Dr. Wool---teach in a not only captivating, but also dynamic way. Its other strengths, such as History and the languages(Latin, Japanese, French, Spanish, etc..), are also very strong. Teachers such as Dr. Case frequently engage his students in discussions of the material they cover---which often results in students understanding much more of the content then they otherwise would have from just reading the textbook. Additionally, the language teachers are very skilled at their job. Teachers such as Ms. Soulier and Ms. Yokota often make understanding foreign languages not only easy, but enjoyable. The Hudson School's students are very sociable, and it is easy for any student to find friends here. As a Hudson School graduate, I can't begin to explain just how much this school has allowed me to mature as a person. With that said, this school is as far from "normal" as possible--and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Hudson School is Overrated. Strengths: 1. A few terrific caring Teachers. 2. Strong Latin & French Language teachers/programs. Critical Flaws : 1.Favoritism is rampant. 2. Many students are borderline bullies and the school administration is clueless about the goings-on inside the school bldg. 3. Expensive .School is always asking for extra Donations. 4. Lacking in strong Technology & Science/ Computer courses. 5. School administrators not at all responsive to constructive recommendations from concerned Parents. Overall not worth the high Tuition Expense> Student Body from a very narrow demographic income group. Very few students stay back for High School. No broad 'real-world' experience. Needs to revamp/replace Teaching Staff in many classes/courses. Just an honest direct assessment of Hudson School. Hopefully will be helpful to others. My child is still currently enrolled at the school.
I have 2 children in the Hudson School. They are both very different kids with different strengths and interests. They are both thriving in the Hudson School. Why? Because they are treated with respect and valued for their individuality. The small classes are what many students crave....an opportunity to be known and understood by their teachers and classmates. The success of the teaching is that the teachers are truly passionate about learning....not memorizing and regurgitating facts for tests. The students are challenged and supported by the most superior group of teachers I have ever seen in a school. These teachers stay late after school, helping students understand a lesson more clearly, doing science experiments, helping in every subject and the students want to stay after school. The students help each other. A real experience of community is what you feel every time you walk in to the Hudson School. My children commute on the NJ transit from an excellent public school system where we live. But we come to The Hudson School because we value education and learning at these earlier years, as critical to children's development as "whole" and holistic people.
Some teachers are truly good, - in math, English and Latin for example. Others are not so much. I looked at the notes my kid brought home to prepare for the Science test, - and I could not find any system there. Just some very arbitrary pieces of trivia, poorly organized. In history class, after kids were told to pick a topic for an essay, my kid was instructed to drop his choice and was asked to write something that apparently seemed more politically appropriate to the teacher.
The Hudson School is surrounded by many other elementary, middle, and high schools. Many suspect that this prestigious school is wonderful, challenging, and supportive. This is not the case. They don't even give high school guidance/support. This could definitely explain the fact that half the kids going to Hudson have parent(s) that are involved in the Board of Education or other middle/high school and college associations. I am currently an 8th grader going into freshman year, and among my list of high schools I applied, Hudson was one of them. I was hoping that taking their test would prep me for other, more difficult, high schools. This was not the case. Being in the 98 percentile, I was accepted swiftly. I declined. This school does not offer any of the subjects and/or extra curricular activities I wish to have in a high school.
My child is in the middle school at The Hudson School. She has been challenged to do her best academically and also encouraged to develop ethically. Many of the children are gifted in a variety of ways, academically, athletically, or in the arts. It is now quite hard to get in for the fifth grade, but somewhat easier as a transfer student in the later grades. Not every child thrives in such a small environment, but for those that do it is first-rate and tuition is a good bit less than other comparable private schools. The homework load is similar to any academic middle school. The students in the high school will tell you they love it. Children in the high school get into wonderful colleges - recently there have been acceptances to Harvard, Brown and Columbia.
We had heard great things about Hudson and thought that our middle school child would really blossom there, but that hasn't been the case. There is a lack of accountability -- parents even teach some of the classes, which I think is inappropriate. The founder, who also runs the school, believes in 'my way or the highway' which is her perogative, but which also means that if you disagree with her you have no voice. You enter middle school thinking that your child will stay for high school and quickly learn that this is a pipe dream - it's simply too small for most kids. And then your child is crushed under a pile of homework and you can't get high school guidance or support -- all and all a disappointing experience. We will be happy to leave in two years.
If you are looking for a place where your child is truly appreciated for who they are, this is it. Far superior to any school in Hudson County (and beyond), it is a gem set in a diverse, interesting town. There is absolutely no place better for your child to experience challenges and learn to be responsible than here.
The school has an excellent academic program offering 5 languages, ethics, a large number of math levels. the teachers are passionate and the classes are discussion based. My children love the curriculum and are actively engaged in their projects. The work is interesting. The homework is a lot but manageable. They go out 2x's a day and take most gym classes at Steven's Institute. If I were to change anything it would be a to develop a stricter discipline policy but I think they are working on that!
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