Hyde School Begins Year with Stronger International Program

CONTACT: Laura Michaels, 860-963-4763, lmichaels@hyde.edu; Web site: HYDE.EDU

Colleen Egan works with students Kun Il Kim ´11 from Korea and Kelly Xie ´10 from China on an assignment.
Colleen Egan works with students Kun Il Kim ´11 from Korea and Kelly Xie ´10 from China on an assignment.

Woodstock, CT— Hyde School, a national leader in character-based education, opened the school year with a larger international presence than before, due to its now strengthened international program.

With students coming from countries including China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia, the program has manifested itself through the increased diversity of cultural backgrounds on campus.

Additionally, the international program has led to the creation of an ESL curriculum. Taught by Colleen Egan, a returning Hyde School teacher, the class is tailored to compliment the students’ core curriculum, providing assistance on assignments that require reading and writing skills in the English language.

“Our Maine campus started the international program with a small but highly qualified group of applicants,” said Head of School Laura Gauld. “This year, we have a small group here in Woodstock, Connecticut. Our goals are to learn from the international cultures as well as bring the students into our character curriculum.”

Hyde School in Bath, Maine, enrolls 19 international students this year, hailing from Korea, China, Rwanda, Canada, Britain, Spain, Jamaica, and Haiti.

Gauld expresses her hope for a positive learning experience for all Hyde School students. “I hope that through interactions with students from all over the country and the world, we will ultimately learn how similar we are at the deepest level.”