Continued small class sizes, and highly qualified, experienced and helpful educators are essential to the success of our Junior and Intermediate program, offering the Ministry approved curriculum at an advanced level.
Our students are encouraged to achieve academic excellence and to realize their full potential, building on the skills they have gained in their primary years, thus enabling them to become increasingly more independent and prepared for the challenges they will experience as they progress towards high school.
Our teachers practice differentiated instruction to engage and meet the educational needs of their students. Learner Profiles are developed and used by Hudson teachers to determine where students are in their learning, what interests their group of students and how do their students best demonstrate new skills and knowledge. Due to the fact our school is committed to the individual student, our Learner Profiles inform our teaching practices across the curriculum.
As our students enter the next phase of their education that will take them through to grade eight, we emphasize academic achievement and advancement in English, Math, The Sciences, Arts, Drama, Music, Physical Education, plus Critical Thinking and Analysis. With respect to French studies, Hudson is an Extended French School, offering core French, with instruction beginning in Kindergarten. Students learn to speak, read, and write in dynamic classes that follow a beneficial program called Action in Motion (AIM). Central to each unit is a play which features vocabulary and grammar structures that are carefully chosen to suit students’ respective levels of language learning. Students are motivated by music and drama activities that relate to the play, allowing for enjoyable expression in French. A wide range of activities that ascribe equal importance across all of the French language learning strands (reading, writing, and speaking) ensure that the program meets the needs of all students. Assessment in French is based on the principles of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Our junior and intermediate students are given a reasonable amount of daily homework, with at least ten minutes of assigned homework daily for each grade level. For example, a Grade Three student would receive approximately 30 minutes of homework daily, whereas a Grade Six student would receive approximately 60 minutes of homework each day.
Our students are continuously tested in an informal manner by our teachers, while regular standardized testing ensures that students are reaching and surpassing all academic requirements in each of their respective grades.
At Hudson, we believe students learn most effectively through experiential, hands-on learning. Our extended trips each year give Hudson students the opportunity to grow through gradually increased challenges away from home and school.
High-achieving Student Program
Hudson College recognizes high-achieving, academically gifted students. These students are offered the opportunity to enhance their academic strengths through a deeper exploration of subjects of interest, a faster pace in the presentation of material, and a concentrated focus on higher level skills in literacy, math, and science. The goal is to help these students realize their full intellectual potential while still benefitting from all of the other academic, co- and extra-curricular programs offered at Hudson.
Grade 7-8 Leadership Trip
In September, our Grade 7 & 8 teachers and students attend an outdoor adventure camp north of the city. Its purpose is to introduce students to basic survival, team-building and leadership skills. While staying on-site in cabins, and working primarily out-of-doors, students learn about taking responsibility for handling outdoor gear, wearing proper clothes for the outdoors and in managing their own belongings. Part of the mandate is to encourage effective and cooperative teamwork through trust exercises and team-based challenges. Another purpose is to help students prepare for future Outdoor Education and Leadership Excursions when they attend our Upper School.
Grade 7-8 Quebec or Ottawa Trips
At the end of May, our Grade 7 & 8 students and teachers attend a personalized, all-inclusive trip to either Quebec City / Montreal or Ottawa. Its purpose is to immerse Hudson students in the charm, character, and culture of these historic areas of our country, while providing ample curricular tie-ins to their studies of New France, The Seven Years War, Aboriginal culture, Confederation and the formation of Canada. Hudson students will visit exciting destinations such as the Musee du Fort, Martello Tower, Biodome, Space Camp, Olympic Park, Parliament, Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum, National Gallery of Canada, and the Rideau Canal.
Grades 4-6 Outdoor Adventure Trip
Near the end of the school year, our grade 4 to 6 students and teachers attend an outdoor education camp in the gorgeous Muskoka area of central Ontario. Students enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, swimming, sailing, fishing, cooking, and many other arts and outdoor adventure-based activities. There are also team-building exercises, games, movies, camp fires, and many other exciting activities for our students. Students sleep in cozy cabins, and eat delcious, lovingly-prepared meals!