BATH, Maine, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyde School (hyde.edu), a nationally recognized leader in character education, today announced the formalizing of an agreement with Woodstock Academy to sell Hyde's Woodstock, CT campus. Hyde will consolidate the school onto the Bath, ME campus, deploying more resources towards the enhancement of its curriculum, faculty and facilities and setting the future course of the boarding school on an accelerated path to excellence.
"The coming together of our two campuses and influx of revenue creates a terrific springboard forward," said Laura Gauld, Head of School in Bath. "Hyde will be able to invest in the resources needed to run a vibrant and robust boarding school that will support both student's personal growth and excellence in academics."
- Renovation of the campus center, including the theatre
- Improvements for the student mail room, a new gallery for displaying student work, a new reception hall and student lounge space.
- Hyde expects student enrollment to increase by 20-25%, going from 140 students to 170-180.
- For 2016-2017, 10 faculty and staff will be joining from Woodstock in addition to 5 new hires from outside the school, maintaining Hyde's 6:1 student/faculty ratio
- Curriculum upgrades including: Addition of AP Modern European History, Marine Biology, and SAT Prep, in addition to new STEAM courses – AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Architecture, and Innovation Lab/Maker Spaces
"I'm most excited about the addition of a 3D printer," remarked student Nava Schorsch '19. "Our Student Media Team is getting a drone camera which will really improve our videos. Our sports teams are also going to improve with the new Woodstock students. They have a really strong lacrosse team, there will be no stopping us!"
All faculty and staff were given an option of working at Bath or continuing with Woodstock Academy. The consolidation brings together Hyde's most renowned educators, such as Woodstock's Mark Duethorn, whose senior Ethics and Government class is considered one the best at the school. Faculty will be offered more options for professional development to bring new and innovative teaching methods to their classrooms. Hyde will be in a stronger position to attract new distinguished faculty.
"It's an exciting time for Hyde," Hyde President Malcolm Gauld says of the consolidation. "Our plans are to improve upon our nationally recognized character education and family renewal programs by expanding our offerings for students and faculty; giving them the tools and resources they need for success in today's world. Hyde School has this amazing opportunity to realize its own unique potential and define its destiny."
Hyde School educates families: The whole person philosophy that guides all learning and teaching at Hyde's boarding campus in Bath, Maine, and through public school initiatives in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York and affiliate schools in Orlando, Florida and Lanham, Maryland, is to develop the individual by developing their inner leadership. Along with a rigorous academic and athletic program, students participate in singer-songwriter workshops, preforming and visual arts programs, student-mentoring programs in Hyde's New York charter schools, and internship and volunteer experiences that help to apply learning to real life. Hyde's unique character education program helps not only students, but parents, siblings, and grandparents. Hyde teaches that it is never too late to fulfill your unique potential and gain the tools needed for a successful life. Ninety-eight percent of Hyde School graduates are accepted to four-year colleges. To learn more about Hyde School, its summer leadership program, and parenting and teen workshops, log on to Hyde.edu.
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