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Founded in 2005, HWIS is the first Mandarin and Spanish immersion school in the New York metropolitan area. From the beginning, we have remained committed to best practices in immersion. Our dream for our students is to help them develop the skills and confidence to become self-directed learners capable of navigating the world.

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“The Separation Process: How is it done in an immersion environment? A perspective from Patti Summers – HWIS' early childhood director on the NY campus

A primary concern of parents dropping off their toddler, as young as age 2, in an immersion environment is that the child has all the normal separation anxiety being placed in the care of someone who is not their relative, in addition to being with someone speaking a language foreign to him/her. So, what can we expect and how we can make this easier for all involved?

Our School At A Glance

  • 15
    Years since HWIS opened its doors as NY/NJ’s first Mandarin and Spanish independent immersion school
  • 200+
    Combined number of day school students enrolled in our NYC and Stirling, NJ campuses
  • 40+
    Faculty and staff
  • 97
    Percentage of students enrolled in our program for 4+ years testing as gifted
  • 6:1
    Average student-to-teacher ratio
  • 80
    Percentage of students who do not speak the target language (Mandarin or Spanish) at home

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Why HWIS

Our world is changing.  Technology is making our world smaller and communication faster.  Interaction with people from diverse cultures is more important than ever.  Critical thinking, flexibility and emotional intelligence are more important than facts and knowledge.  
 
Our mission is to help build the knowledge, skills & character of our students, so they can become meaningful global contributors and citizens of the world.