Student Life 2016-10-20T17:18:40+00:00


When we happened upon The Hudson School, we saw a wonderful community, very diverse – sort of like a small U.N. – …Students are very respectful. They’re extremely tolerant. They are very practiced at the art of respect, which is important.  …[Our son] is a very different kid and different kids are embraced at The Hudson School.

–parent of alumnus, class of ’13

Students enjoying break at Church Square Park.

Students enjoying break at Church Square Park.

Our official school day begins at 8:15 a.m. —  though some students arrive at 7:30 a.m. — and ends at 3:25 p.m. Built into our tuition are an array of extra-curricular activities from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. An extended day option is also available until 5:30 for a modest fee.

High school students, with their parents’ permission are free to eat lunch where they choose so long as it is nearby. There is an elected Student Council. Uniforms are not required.

Sixteen years were spent in five rooms at the Hoboken Public Library. Other years were spent jostling, teaching in classrooms at other schools. Then there were the trailers or the spaces in which bookcases became walls, dividing small spaces to create classrooms. These were our beginnings.
In 2002, after 25 years as inventive nomads, The Hudson School opened the doors of our current school. Located at 601 Park Avenue, our building is architecturally modeled after the Martha Institute, a school for the children of German immigrants which was built in 1865 and once stood on this site. We are one block from the Hoboken Public Library and Church Square Park.

Beyond the walls of our building, we take our community to be a living classroom and an important component of The Hudson School’s universe. A cafe or restaurant in the neighborhood might become a classroom for part of the day. All the culture Manhattan has to offer is a quick train ride away, and we routinely take our students there to take advantage of museum exhibits, the theatre, concert events or rallies. We turn the concept of a “school without walls” into a reality.

Hudson medal winners in Foreign Language Poetry Competition. The contestants had to memorize a poem in a foreign language and were judged on delivery, pronunciation, intonation and poise.

Hudson medal winners in Foreign Language Poetry Competition. The contestants had to memorize a poem in a foreign language and were judged on delivery, pronunciation, intonation and poise.

We have a small student body, rich in diversity. Our students represent all races, religions, income levels and ethnicities. They speak many different languages when at home, as they are either immigrants themselves or come from families with customs and cultures begun in Asia, Africa, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

Students come from throughout surrounding communities, including from across the Hudson River.  Our students’ communities have included the following:

Berkeley Heights, Bloomfield, Bloomingdale, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cliffside Park, East Newark, East Orange, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Fords, Fort Lee, Glen Ridge, Guttenberg, Hackensack, Harrison, Hoboken, Irvington, Jersey City, Kenilworth, Lake Hiawatha, Lincoln Park, Manalapan, Maplewood, Mays Landing, Millburn, Montclair, Montville, Newark, New York, NY, North Bergen, Nutley, Orange, Randolph, Rego Park, NY, Ridgefield, Ringwood, Rutherford, Secaucus, Short Hills, South Orange, Stockholm, Summit, Tannersville, Teaneck, Tenafly, Towaco, Union City, Uniondale, Upper Montclair, Weehawken, West Caldwell, West New York, West Orange.

We have hosted student groups from Mexico, France and the Czech Republic as well as foreign  exchange students from Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Korea, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
Each year, our foreign language department (often in conjunction with the social studies department) arranges travel opportunities for students (and parents) to participate in immersive language and cultural experiences abroad. Destinations have included Spain, Italy, France, Galapagos, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, just to name a few!