When you first walk into the school, you get the impression that the students are very polite, opening doors, smiling away. It's a small school, so the kids get to know each other across the grades as well as in class. My daughter has helped with the kindergarten kids during recess, playing with them. The older kids are available for conflict resolution if that ever occurs in recess. My daughter has played sports with different grades - and watched older grades play sports against other schools, cheering Hudson on. The annual plays and concerts always bring people together. There is a lovely buzz around the school. It's not too loud or too quiet - just right. Happy and industrious!
What is really unique about Hudson as a private school is the complete lack of any sense of elitism or overt displays of wealth or privilege. It is an inclusive school that is reflective of the make up our our community where many of the parents have made a decision to send their child to a private school for the education and the Hudson experience. We find that Hudson students have a demonstrated level of respect for each other, their peers, staff and the world around them.
I think Hudson is definitely a town rather than a city, but there are still people I don't know. The school has a vibrant community, and I have a couple great international friends that I met here. There aren't many students, so it is easy to feel included, especially in your grade. Any student who wants to succeed will find that they are supported at Hudson, but students with poor time management will probably struggle. I found I've become more efficient with planning and using my calendar because of the fast-paced semester. It is easy to fall behind if you aren't careful, so organization is a priority.