HudsonWay Immersion School – Mandarin & Spanish Immersion Education – Preschool & K-5 – Upper West Side, NY

  Last modified on September 10th, 2022

Want to see the difference an Immersion Education can make? Look no further! HudsonWay Immersion School has campuses in New York City and Summit, NJ, offering full day, after school, enrichment, and summer camp programs in Mandarin or Spanish for children in preschool through grade 5.

Why Immersion?

Language immersion programs have existed for nearly half a century with research showing that benefits of academic achievement, language, and literacy development in two or more languages, and cognitive skills are achieved with no impact on their ability to perform academically on standardized tests administered in English. In fact, it has been shown that bilingual students outperform monolingual students.


Our Leadership

Our administrators are leaders in language Immersion Education. Leading our team is director Elizabeth Willaum who has worked in immersion education for more than 40 years assisting in the development and enhancement of numerous language immersion programs throughout New York and New Jersey. Master teachers support our faculty in coaching, modeling, and training of teachers.


In our preschool program, we develop the important social and emotional skills necessary for strengthening and solidifying children’s early learning experiences. Children learn how to explore new ideas, take risks, use context clues, work independently, cooperate with classmates, follow instructions, and maintain self-control. Children are exposed to a literacy-rich environment in both the second language and English.

Because we start early at a time when children’s brains are uniquely able to acquire a second language, children develop a good foundation for academic learning in the two languages. Our caring staff consists of native speakers; they provide our students with an early understanding of different cultures and ways of thinking.

Kindergarten-Grade 5

Students are actively engaged in project-based learning which promotes collaboration, research, writing and critical thinking skills.

We conduct core academic performance-based assessments for all grade levels throughout the year.  In this way, we can support each student with additional small group intensive learning after school if needed.

From the strong oral foundation in preschool, our kindergarten students are well prepared to deepen academic learning of content areas in language arts, math, science and social studies with the majority of the day spent learning in the target language.

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