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About This School

The Hudson School is a private high school in Hoboken. The principal of The Hudson School is Suellen Newman, whose e-mail is snewman@thehudsonschool.org. 190 students go to The Hudson School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at The Hudson School is 6:1. Hoboken High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Fencing
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Black, non-Hispanic 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7%
Hispanic 7%
White, non-Hispanic 66%
Multiracial 6%
Asian 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    We are not thrilled with this school and plan on leaving after this year. The academics are sound but far below our expectations. Much of the homework is quite rote and we find that it lacks substance. We agree that the school lacks dimension and diversity and is producing average kids. We absolutely agree that there are a few super intelligent kids scattered amongst many and these poor students have to carry the weight of the majority. The administration is responsive but just doesn't get "it". In summation we find the school to be nothing more than average. Don't believe all the hype or you might end up like us back to the drawing board trying to find an excellent academic experience. Looks like we're heading to NYC.

  • (3 months ago)

    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.

  • (4 months ago)

    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.

  • (5 months ago)

    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.

  • (9 months ago)

    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.

  • (9 months ago)

    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."

  • (9 months ago)

    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!

  • (9 months ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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 senior 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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are considering this school for 5th grade next year but are confused by the extremely conflicting reviews. It sounds like an nurturing and exciting and intellectual environment but are there also teachers throwing things at children? Poorly taught science classes? An inflexible principal? We would really appreciate more reviews from more parents to help us get a better handle on this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    Like many schools The Hudson School middle school has a pervasive cheating problem. Unlike some other schools there is no accountability. Students are told not to stress about grades while grades are read out loud and some teachers favor students who attain high grades. Teachers are allowed to get away with outrageous behavior including throwing things at students cursing and publicly chastising students for any dip in grades. One teacher spent much of his time telling personal anecdotes while the students did homework for other classes. He gave extra credit on tests for retelling these personal anecdotes. There are some wonderful teachers and the middle school students are often gifted academically or in other ways. Would we enroll our child again given everything we know? Maybe.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

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