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Avenel, New Jersey
Middlesex County
Woodbridge Township School District
Avenel Middle School is a public school located in Avenel, New Jersey with 588 students in grades 6-8.
8th grade students are using 1:1 personal iPads and 6th and 7th grade students are using class sets of Chromebooks daily.
Students achieved first place finishes at the District Science Symposium and were recognized nationally for outstanding achievement in STEM research.
Voted best overall middle school for iMovie creation at the District Film Festival, athletic teams lead the way in competition and sportsmanship, and our band and chorus has reached new heights.

Avenel Middle School is a past recipient of the National Title I Distinguished School Award, an award given by the National Association of State Title I Directors to schools who have demonstrated a commitment to helping socioeconomically disadvantaged students obtain exemplary levels of academic achievement. We are currently continuing our work toward Future Ready Schools certification. We were the first middle school in our district to implement the National Junior Honor Society Program. AMS was awarded a grant to expand our Social and Emotional Learning program.

Woodbine Avenue
Avenel, NJ 07001
Principal: Mr. Joseph Short
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White 36%
Black 18%
Asian 18%
Hispanic 27%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 1%
School size
Female 49.3%
Male 50.7%
Economically disadvantaged students 48%
Students with disabilities 14%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
6th Grade 35%
7th Grade 34%
8th Grade 31%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 4
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 6%
1 to 5 days 36%
6 to 10 days 27%
11 to 15 days 17%
Over 15 days 15%
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English 72.8%
Other 9.7%
Spanish 8.7%
Urdu 4.9%
Indonesian 2.0%
Gujarati 1.9%
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Learn more about Avenel Middle School.


We seek to engage the entire AMS community in instructing and inspiring our students to be successful and significant beyond our classrooms.Our mission is to develop, through a technology infused curriculum, life-long learners who are responsible citizens prepared to make positive contributions to the global society. We are committed to engaging all members of the community in the process of providing a learning environment that fosters interdependence, embraces change and values diversity.


Avenel Middle School's block schedule allows for mastery of content and the application of the concepts to real life situations. Each student has Math and Language arts for an 85-minute block throughout the school year which increases learning opportunities in these areas. Students are also provided with instruction in the core academic subjects of Science and Social Studies. Honors and Gifted & Talented classes are made available to our students. In addition, instruction is offered in Technology, STEM, Coding, Digital Literacy and 3D Printing and Design. Our students benefit from programs such as IXL, LinkIt!, and iReady.


Numerous clubs and activities such as the Student Council, Academic Challenge, Community Service Club, Technology Club, Yearbook Club, Science & Robotics Club, STEM Club, Environmental Club, Poetry Club, Chess Club, Journalism Club, Fitness Club, Sidekicks Mentors and our award winning Band and Choral programs cater to a variety of student needs and interests. The Audio-Visual Club has a top notch morning crew that opens each school day with their broadcast.


Strengthening Families is an internationally recognized program that helps children and parents maintain healthy relationships. This amazing program has been offered to the families of Avenel Middle School. Through a collaboration between our school district and the township families have been able to work with our staff to achieve great success.


Our Guidance Department works diligently with faculty, staff, and families to provide assistance to meet the demands of an ever-changing society. Guidance counselors provide leadership and counseling in the areas of peer leadership, family life, self-esteem, anti- bullying, alcohol and drug awareness, and career training. We collaborate with district high schools and elementary schools to both receive and provide mentoring services for students.


Parental involvement is the cornerstone of student achievement and success at Avenel Middle School, and the staff works to create opportunities for continuous parent participation. Genesis Parent Portal, The Book Club and Family Literacy & STEM Nights, and Mid-Year Parent Night are such examples. We have a very active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), sponsoring fundraisers and working collaboratively to sponsor such events as school dances, walkathons, the student-faculty basketball game and our field day carnival.


Our building completed a full update of our access points. Now every classroom can support thirty devices on our wireless network. Our Media Center has been updated with state of the art iMac computers and a video production area with a full-sized green screen. Our gymnasium and outdoor fields have been fully refurbished. Our art room now has a 3D printer for student use. We have two fully equipped computer labs, in addition to our wireless devices throughout the building and air conditioning.

School safety

Our school leaders work collaboratively with the district to ensure the safest possible learning environment for our students. We work closely with the Police and Fire Departments to coordinate procedures and drills.


All students complete coursework in Technology, STEM, and Coding during their time at AMS. The Technology and STEM clubs are two of our most successful. Our Future Ready Schools Committee is preparing our submission for certification.


Our students have the opportunity to shine on stage in front of cameras for their peers to view. Eligible students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership skills, outstanding character, and dedication to school and community service may participate in the National Junior Honor Society. Avenel Middle School was the first middle school in the district to have this honor which has generated a high standard for academic achievement. We were the first middle school in Middlesex County to participate and host the prestigious BASF You Be the Chemist Challenge. Our students have consistently performed at the highest level at the Woodbridge Science Engineering and Technology Symposium. In addition, we have been named top overall middle school at the Woodbridge Film Festival.

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