;
About » At a Glance

At a Glance

HWIS is the first private Mandarin and Spanish immersion day school in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. We are an academically rigorous, full immersion Mandarin and Spanish preschool, elementary, and middle school serving children ages 2 through Grade 8 located on two campuses – Stirling, NJ and Midtown West, NYC.

 

History

 
2005 Bilingual Buds is founded in Maplewood, NJ
2007 Bilingual Buds moves to Saint John’s Church in Summit, NJ where it remained for 10 years.
2010 Bilingual Buds launches its New York City location on 175 Riverside Boulevard at 68th Street on the Upper West Side
2014 HudsonWay Immersion School name is established
2018 Relocation of NJ school to St. Vincent de Paul in Stirling, NJ
2019 Expansion of NY campus to 525 W. 52nd St, Midtown West. Sue Ha named as first Head of School. 
 

Grades Served

  • Preschool: Ages 2 through 4 in NY, 2.5 through 4 in NJ
  • Elementary: K–5
  • Middle School: Grade 6 (Addition of Grade 7 in 2020, Grade 8 in 2021)

 

Programs Offered

  • Day school immersion in Mandarin and Spanish
  • After school language program in Mandarin and Spanish
  • Enrichment classes such as chess, robotics, soccer etc.
  • Language immersion summer camp

 

Campuses

  • Stirling: 249 Bebout Ave | Stirling, NJ 07980 | 908-598-8088
  • Midtown West: 525 W 52nd St | New York, NY 10019 | 212-787-8088

 

Enrollment

  • 200+ day school students enrolled across 2 campuses
  • Average elementary class size: 12
  • Percentage of students who do not speak the target language (Mandarin or Spanish) at home: 80
  • Percentage of students who are exposed to a third language at home : 30

 

Immersion Model in Target Language

  • 2’s: 100% in target language
  • 3’s: 90% in target language | 10% in English
  • 4’s: 90% target language | 10% English
  • K–Grade 1: 80% in target language | 20% in English
  • Grades 2-3: 70% in target language | 30% in English
  • Grades 4-6: 50% in target language | 45% in English | 5 % in 3rd language

 

School Hours

  • 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
    • NJ Extended Care: 7–8:20am and 3:30–6:30pm
    • NY Extended Care: 7:30–8:20am and 3:30-5:30pm

 

Staff

  • 40+ faculty and staff
  • Average student-to-teacher ratio : 6:1
  • Percentage of our teachers with at least one master’s degree: 64

 

Academic Leadership

  • Sue Ha, Head of School
  • Patti Summers, Director Early Childhood - NY
  • Irene Gallardo-Nicolosi, Assistant Director - NJ
  • Sherry Ma, Master Teacher
  • Lucy Hao, Master Teacher - Early Childhood

 

Our Results

  • Percentage of our students outscoring the national average in English language arts on the standardized test ERB: 90
  • Percentage of students enrolled in our program for 4+ years testing as gifted: 97

 

Affiliation

  • Parent’s League in Manhattan, NY – applicant school
  • Middle States accreditation – in process
  • NYU
  • Columbia University Teacher’s College
  • CELIN – Asia Society Chinese Early Learning Immersion Network
 

Social Media