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Founded in 2005, HWIS is the first Mandarin and Spanish immersion school in the New York metropolitan area. From the beginning, we have remained committed to best practices in immersion. Our dream for our students is to help them develop the skills and confidence to become self-directed learners capable of navigating the world.

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“The Separation Process: How is it done in an immersion environment? A perspective from Patti Summers – HWIS' early childhood director on the NY campus

A primary concern of parents dropping off their toddler, as young as age 2, in an immersion environment is that the child has all the normal separation anxiety being placed in the care of someone who is not their relative, in addition to being with someone speaking a language foreign to him/her. So, what can we expect and how we can make this easier for all involved?
Immersion in middle school | Education Week

HWIS’ Commitment to Middle School begins this Fall

With the planned NY and recent NJ facility expansion in Stirling, HWIS made the decision to continue its full immersion program through middle school with its first group of 6th graders in 2019-20 and its first 8th graders graduating in 2022.
Commemorative image for National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month Events

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th, is a time when we recognize as a nation the great contributions of Latinos to American culture as well as honor their long and influential presence in North America.

Our School At A Glance

  • 15
    Years since HWIS opened its doors as NY/NJ’s first Mandarin and Spanish independent immersion school
  • 200+
    Combined number of day school students enrolled in our NYC and Stirling, NJ campuses
  • 40+
    Faculty and staff
  • 97
    Percentage of students enrolled in our program for 4+ years testing as gifted
  • 6:1
    Average student-to-teacher ratio
  • 80
    Percentage of students who do not speak the target language (Mandarin or Spanish) at home

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Why HWIS

Our world is changing.  Technology is making our world smaller and communication faster.  Interaction with people from diverse cultures is more important than ever.  Critical thinking, flexibility and emotional intelligence are more important than facts and knowledge.  
 
Our mission is to help build the knowledge, skills & character of our students, so they can become meaningful global contributors and citizens of the world.