A love of learning
Every child loves learning. Every child begins with an insatiable appetite to understand how the world works. Kids' curiosity and creativity naturally lead them to learn what they like best, in a manner that best suits their learning style. At Hudson Lab School, we use project-based learning to engage students' curiosities and inspire their creativity and exploration of the world. Our students are the protagonists in their own learning with teachers serving as organizers, guides and sources of inspiration. We empower students through our focus on collaborative learning and a commitment to teaching the whole child - intellectually, socio-emotionally, and physically. We carefully balance creative and critical thinking while encouraging intellectual persistence. Rather than focus on school readiness skills, we help each student build the life skills to adapt and change and grow into the person he or she aspires to grow into.
Pursue what you love and work hard.
Resilience is built when you’ve embraced struggle in the pursuit of curiosity and passion. The result is grit, the single largest determinant of success in life.
Play is essential for development.
Play-like activities are important because they put us into a psychological state where it’s ok to fail and wonder “what if?” We are free to explore the unknown and open to spotting creative insights.
The journey has value unto itself.
Focusing on the process allows us to become adaptable problem solvers who can design and build frameworks to define and solve complex problems.
Good collaboration and communication skills are invaluable and fun.
Working well with others helps everyone to achieve more as a group and makes the process more fun.
A connected community is a strong community.
When we actively participate in our community, we feel good and learn about ourselves. Best of all, we gain more insight and respect for others, the community and the environment.
Self-awareness and empathy are life skills.
Understanding ourselves and how we affect others supports a thoughtful, confident life and informs whom we want to grow into.
Hudson Lab School offers innovative, child-centered education that is developmentally appropriate. HLS is truly progressive. They inspire our daughter’s natural sense of curiosity using project-based learning. Her classroom is a warm, challenging, inviting place to be that extends daily into the outdoors and across time with intergenerational learning. Her teachers teach with smarts, compassion, kindness and skill. Involving ourselves in family gardening days and community projects allows for all her learning to be personally relevant and deeper than it would be otherwise. HLS is putting the best research on the science of learning into practice every day.
— Hudson Lab School Parent