Extra and Co-Curricular Programs: After-school, Athletics and Arts 2018-09-21T15:26:53+00:00


arts2Built into our tuition is an array of extra-curricular activities from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Co-curricular courses for both middle and upper school students include many options. Sample activities include creative writing, drawing, sculpture, theatre arts, fencing, yoga, photography, food fun, mock trial, the literary magazines Write On! (middle school) and Scrap Paper (upper school), modern and ethnic dancing. If you are interested in something in particular, please ask. There’s a good chance we already offer it! For more information, please email afterschool@thehudsonschool.org.


The Hudson School FALL 2018-2019 After School Activities Program begins on Monday, October 1st.  Below, you will find the brochure detailing the choices for this semester’s activities, which include many popular favorites and some exciting new selections.

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The Hudson School’s athletic program affords all interested students at a variety of skill levels the opportunity to participate on teams or for recreation. Students’ interests guide the process of selecting athletic options each year, from among such sports as basketball, bowling, fencing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

When we teach a child to sing or play the flute, we teach her how to listen. When we teach her to draw, we teach her to see. When we teach a child to dance, we teach him about his body and about space, and when he acts on stage, he learns about character and motivation. When we teach a child design, we reveal the geometry of the world. When we teach children about the folk and traditional arts and the great masterpieces of the world, we teach them to celebrate their roots and find their own place in history.

Visual and performing arts are integrated into The Hudson School’s curriculum for both lower and upper schools and offered as supplemental activities beyond the school day.


Performing arts are part of our heritage at Hudson. We have a very proud and active drama department, which includes anadult ensemble made up of teachers, parents, alumni and community members.   The Hudson School’s strong performing and dramatic arts programs culminate in several plays and concerts each year. The school has worked with Stevens Institute’s Dramatic Society, and received national recognition for the collaboration. The Hudson School has also received numerous grants from the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs for its Cultural Outreach Series.





Weekly music lessons in voice and a wide variety of instruments, including clarinet, percussion, trumpet, bass, flute, guitar, piano, cello, saxophone, viola and violin, are available through the school and are taught on the premises.  There is an additional charge for these lessons.  Our instructors are all professional musicians.

Since our founding, our student musicians have performed in Costa Rica, France, Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall, individually as well as in ensembles. The Hudson School Chorus has gleaned many honors in competitions and choral events. They travel annually to such cities as Annapolis, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.


arts1VISUAL ARTArt Show Image

Students begin studying visual art in fifth grade and continue through high school.  Art teachers are themselves exhibiting artists and well-known within their fields. Many Hudson graduates have gone on to successful careers in the arts.  Each year, a culminating art show celebrating student work is held in a nearby gallery.




The Hudson School often partners with outside organizations to provide supplemental after-school activities to our students and to the community. These programs charge an additional fee.  Currently, our partners include those listed below.

AlphaMinds Academy

AlphaMinds Academy at Hudson is an academic enrichment program that offers an alternative and refreshing perspective on familiar subjects such as Math, Creative Writing, Chess, Reading Comprehension, Art History and Music Appreciation. The program seeks to supplement the typical diet of the basic school curriculum and enhance students’ performance in the classroom by giving them the confidence and desire to explore and reach beyond the ordinary.

Dedimus Potestatem

Latin, meaning “We have given Power”.  We empower people to empower the world.
In our rapidly expanding, globally interdependent society, leadership and oratory skills are essential to a successful and prosperous life. The way we present ourselves and interact with one another is what defines us. The leadership of an individual (or an organization) play a large part in determining the worth, the risk and the stability of an enterprise.
We have structured our programs around intellectually stimulating exercises, projects and games that encourage the exploration of inquiry, initiative, adaptability, critical thinking, negotiation, delegation and proper presentation. While cultivating the skills they will need to build strong, successful relationships you and your team will learn how  to find your voice, package and present yourselves and your work in the best way. Our aim is to inspire and empower individuals and organizations so that others may benefit from that inspiration and empowerment.

The Hudson School taught me to view education not as a confined box but rather as a vast landscape.

–Paul Santiago, M.D., Neurosurgeon Washington University, Hudson School Class of ’86