Funded in part by restricted gifts from members of the Hackley community, the program includes challenging and engaging coursework in English, math, science, social studies, drama, art, and PE. In addition, the program emphasizes leadership skills while promoting values such as hard work, integrity, and community through a thoughtfully designed character education curriculum.
Each summer the program seeks to provide the approximately 15 Scholars with a meaningful, academic, enriching, and fun four-week experience. The opportunity helps prevent summer learning loss, inspires creativity and curiosity, fosters a culture of hard work and excellence, and instills values such as confidence, integrity, empathy, and resilience. At the same time, the program creates a close-knit and supportive community to which the Scholars and mentors feel closely connected.
The four-week program provides participating Scholars with a transformational experience that supports success in middle school and beyond. During the academic year, the Hudson Scholars program provides weekly tutoring sessions and monthly Saturday programming in an effort to provide ongoing academic support as well as to continue to strengthen the relationships and sense of community.
In addition to the Hudson Scholars core curriculum, some special events include an ice cream social with Scholar families, a technology day (coding, 3D printing, and geocaching), a trip to NYC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a cookout for the families, and an overnight camp-out for the Scholars on Hackley’s campus.