Educational Approach

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At Hudson Lab School we strive to empower students to be the architects of their own lives. This begins by taking ownership for the process and the products of their school experience. Together, students and educators work to set individualized goals, monitor real-time progress, and provide personally meaningful learning experiences. In the classroom, student voice is an integral part of the learning design. Throughout every learning journey, children are encouraged to make thoughtful choices and effectively advocate for their own needs as well as the well-being of each member of our community. Student agency is intentionally woven into the arc of the Hudson Lab School experience, ultimately supporting each child’s ability to make a difference in his or her world.


Project-based learning is a context-rich interdisciplinary approach in which the project acts as a springboard for all core subject areas. Students build skills using proven frameworks and apply their learnings to real-world challenges for deep and meaningful understanding of the curriculum they study.


Project-based learning prepares students to frame and solve real-world problems and issues through developmentally appropriate exploration. Projects begin with a meaningful question or problem that students work to solve or answer using a multi-step process. Projects require students to utilize multiple learning techniques, including core skills like reading, writing and math as well as research, logical deduction, strategic thinking, communication and collaboration.


Meta cognition improves and learning increases when students are involved at all stages.

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Developing a sense of place is an integral part of the Hudson Lab School experience. Beginning with the individual within the classroom community, students learn to make meaningful connections between themselves and the people and places that make up their world. Students who are deeply connected to the natural and human systems in their immediate environment will be able to see, understand and intentionally impact any place they move into in their future. Hudson Lab School’s unique positioning within Andrus on Hudson's skilled nursing care facility on 26 acres of land along the Hudson River, offers students the opportunity for nature-based exploration and intergenerational learning. As students mature, their studies reflect engagement in ever-widening circles of community and place.


At Hudson Lab School, we value self-awareness and the ability to connect with others as an essential life skill. We integrate social-emotional learning into every facet of the school day: At morning and afternoon community meetings, through mixed-age learning groups, intergenerational programming and community involvement, and through gentle group critiques and design challenges that encourage students to accept and embrace failure as part of the design process. Each day Hudson Lab School students seek ways to positively impact our school, our community, and our environment.