The educational philosophy of HHA emphasizes hands-on learning, multi-disciplinary thematic units, and supporting children as individuals with varied needs and varied learning styles. Students at all grade levels are filled with a sense of purposeful investigation and active learning. An emphasis is placed on inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving.

HHA follows the New York City department of education’s mandated curriculum in English Language Arts (Literacy) and Mathematics. Teachers supplement this curriculum with carefully planned thematic units that integrate social studies, science, and the arts into each day’s work. Past examples of thematic topics include “work,” “What can one little person do?” and “neighborhoods.” Family adults can often be seen in classrooms contributing their own experiences to these thematic units.