Postgraduate

Build Your Confidence and Leadership

Hyde School provides a dynamic learning environment for those who have the desire to not only achieve their goals and broaden their college acceptance list, but also to gain the confidence, courage, and character they need to be successful in college and beyond. A postgraduate year at Hyde could mean the difference between struggling in college or entering your freshman year with confidence and equipped with the tools you need to experience success.

A Hyde School Postgraduate Year Can Provide:

  • Rigorous college preparation & advising
  • Hands-on leadership training/opportunities
  • Internships to explore career paths
  • Confidence & maturity
  • Independence within a supportive & challenging community

We work with each postgraduate student to develop an individualized plan that might include AP courses, electives in the arts, SAT prep, and one-on-one college counseling.

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Interviews with Hyde School
Postgraduate Students

ELIANA GOLDBERG ’14

Eliana Goldberg '14
Eliana Goldberg ’14

Eliana Goldberg, from Henniker, New Hampshire, graduated from Hyde School’s Woodstock campus, and decided to come back to do a postgraduate year at Hyde’s Bath, Maine campus. Find out why she decided to come back to Hyde, and how she sees it helping her future success.

What path led you to a postgraduate year at Hyde?

I wasn’t happy with my grades and I wanted to redeem myself. I was also familiar with Hyde having my parents work here and having had my brother attend his freshman year here.

What were some of your first impressions here?

My first impression was that I had a lot of work ahead of me, but I really wanted to excel. I knew that I would be challenged more than ever and I was ready for that.

What’s been your favorite class this year so far?

My favorite class this year is an elective English class that I didn’t even sign up for. It’s called Writing Through Memoir and I have had so much fun in that class and have already improved my writing skills.

How do you see your growth as a student/leader at Hyde?

I have definitely grown as a leader because before I would never have been the one to raise my hand first or speak up in public settings. Now not only am I doing that, I am encouraging others to as well.

How important is your attitude as a scholar and a leader?

This year academically is very important to me and my attitude is key. I’m trying not to procrastinate and to also be a positive mentor for kids who may struggle with schoolwork.

How would you sum up what you are getting out of this postgraduate year at Hyde, and how you feel about being here in this environment?

This postgraduate year at Hyde for me has already been very rewarding because not only have I been a part of the Hyde process before, but now I know what is expected of me at a deeper level. I love being in the Hyde environment because I feel that I am truly at my best here and I am trying to bring that same attitude home with me. Hyde has become a very comfortable place for me to be myself.

What are your plans for next year?

My plans for next year are to attend college as a Musical Theater major. I hope to get more knowledgeable on that subject because it’s what I’m truly passionate about.

Watch an excerpt of Eliana performing Frank Sinatra’s “Blue Skies” at a school meeting:



 

STEVEN DWIGHT  ’13

In this interview with Hyde staff member Jenny Collinson, All-American Hyde wrestler and postgraduate student Steven Dwight talks about where he is from, what he has learned at Hyde, his future plans, and most importantly, how he has developed confidence he never had before while attending Hyde School at the Bath campus.


 

ROBERT FICARRA ’14

Rob Ficarra '14
Rob Ficarra ’14

Rob Ficarra, from Fairfield, Connecticut, graduated from Fairfield Ludlowe High School in the spring of 2013. Find out why he decided to do a postgraduate year at Hyde.

What path led you to a postgraduate year at Hyde?

I was drawn to Hyde by how strongly they focus on character: not only improving your academics but your whole character attributes.

What were some of your first impressions here?

Some of my first impressions here at Hyde were that the classes are small, which was a big plus for me. Also the schedule is very rigorous, so I was busy making accomplishments. Lastly the faculty are great; they always have a smile on their faces and are willing to give a helping hand when needed.

What’s been your favorite class this year so far?

My favorite class this year so far has been Ceramics taught by Mrs. Felt. I was in need of an elective and so I signed up for this course not knowing what it would entail. Since the first day it has been nothing but fun, from making soup bowls to shaping mugs. Being an all-guys class, we do talk about football a lot.

How do you see your growth as a student/leader at Hyde?

I see my growth as a student already from being here less than 2 months. It has shown in my work and the grades I have already received. The work has helped me with time management. As a leader I can see that my leadership skills have gotten a boost, from helping out the underclassmen to keeping the guys focused in soccer practice. Athletics-wise, Hyde School is the place I want to be, with coaches motivating me each and every day. This fall I had to play soccer, a sport I have never tried before. Although moving into college I probably will not play after this, learning the team aspect of the sport and how the game works will stick with me forever.

How important is your attitude as a scholar and a leader?

My attitude towards being a scholar before coming to Hyde was poor; I always focused on athletics and did not really care about school and grades. Now with some help (mostly from my amazing college counselor, Ms. Uber), I was made aware that my grades will be getting me into college, not just my athletics. My attitude towards being a leader has always been on point from being a team captain at my old school; now, even without an official title, I sill try and lead on my wing and on the team even though I am not currently a captain. As an athlete I strive for the best. I participate in track and field, which has been my heart and soul since sophomore year, and I only hope to continue my success with the great coaching here at Hyde School.

How would you sum up what you are getting out of this postgraduate year at Hyde, and how you feel about being here in this environment?

What I want to get out of this postgrad year is to improve my grades. I want to keep up a B+ average in all my classes and get above a 3.0 GPA. I want to give it my all on the field as well as in the classrooms. I love the environment here and enjoy having a college-like atmosphere. I love being able to go to dinner and ask my English teacher a question about the homework, or be on my way to class and have a chat with coach on the upcoming season.

What are your plans for next year?

My plans for next year are to apply to a four-year college and study advertising. I am applying to University of New Haven, La Salle University, Rowan University, Waynesburg University, and hopefully several more!