Every child is unique and so is their journey to success

Hudson Lab School empowers every child through personalized learning. By giving children the freedom to follow their curiosity and supporting their interests through interdisciplinary project-based learning and high quality academics, we celebrate each child's unique character and help propel his or her learning. Our goal is to instill a love of learning and to teach children how to design and build a life in which they can thrive. 
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The engagement of an authentic audience underscores the value of what is explored in school and its connection to daily life. Guided reflection enables the transfer of skills, knowledge and understanding to other contexts and future challenges.


Curiosity drives learning as students reframe questions, draft plans and imagine solutions. With teacher facilitation, investigations lead to meaningful understanding and skill-building across content areas.

Exploration of the community, environment and wider world leads to inquiry. Wonder and personal connection serve as springboards for tackling big questions centered around real-world issues.

In the Classroom

Our interactive classroom provides opportunities to engage individual learners. 
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What you are doing is groundbreaking, and I hope the field of education will begin to move in this direction.

— Assistant Principal,
NYC Public School

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•   Personal and social responsibility
•   Self-reliance and grit
•   Adaptability and resilience
•   Iterative learning
•   Collaboration and communication
•   Critical and creative thinking
•   Problem-solving and innovation

•   Awareness of self and others
•   Cross-cultural understanding and community involvement
•   Determining the most appropriate tool for the task
•   Embracing the complexity of whole systems
•   Storytelling for change
•   Project management


Why do some students fail and other students succeed?

In her TED Talk, MacArthur genius Angela Lee Duckworth explains the secret to outstanding achievement. It's not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls "grit".

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How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

New York Times article about talent and originality and how they are difficult to encourage but easy to thwart.

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Open House Webinar on Dec 12

Join us for our Open House Webinar. From the comfort of your home, learn about Hudson Lab School, the benefits of Project-Based Learning, and why our students love school. 

Wednesday, December 12 at 7 pm

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How to Foster Grit & A Growth Mindset on Dec 13

Come learn about grit--the single best measure of success--and how can you help your child develop more of it. We'll discuss Design Thinking, making and how joyful learning can help your child to develop a growth mindset to thrive in an uncertain future.

Thursday, December 13 at 8 am

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Morning Tour on Dec 18

Join us for our morning tour, walk the grounds and see joyful learning in action.

Tuesday, December 18 at 9 am

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Open House on Jan 8

Join us for our Open House. Come learn about Hudson Lab School, the benefits of Project-Based Learning, and why our students love school. 

Tuesday, January 8 at 7 pm

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Tour for Preschool Educators on Jan 23

Calling all Preschool Educators! Come see project-based learning (PBL) in action and see how we infuse grit and a growth mindset in the classroom. Meet with Founder Cate Han and Director Mara Pauker, have a tour of our classrooms and wild play space, and learn about our unique approach to joyful learning.

Wednesday, January 23 at 10 am



Hudson Lab School offers a unique school experience for students grades K-8. Located within a vibrant skilled nursing home on 26 stunning acres, our students enjoy their days learning in the classroom and in nature and visiting with senior residents. Hudson Lab School is approved by the New York State of Education Department. Please note that all children must be vaccinated.