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Chester, New Jersey
Morris County
Chester School District
Black River Middle School is a public school located in Chester, New Jersey with 399 students in grades 6-8.
Highlights
2017-2020 Schools to Watch
1:1 Chromebook Initiative. Future Ready and Sustainable NJ Certified .
STEM and Makerspace Program
Awards

Black River Middle School was re-designated in 2017 as a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Future Ready and Sustainable NJ Bronze Level Certified

Location
133 Rt. 513 - North Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Contact
Principal: Mr. Andrew White
908-879-6363
andrew.white@chester-nj.org
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Grades
6-8
White 82%
Black 1%
Asian 6%
Hispanic 11%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
399
students
Female 44.4%
Male 55.6%
Economically disadvantaged students 6%
Students with disabilities 14%
English learners 2%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
133
Grade Percent of total students Students
6th Grade 34%
135
7th Grade 32%
127
8th Grade 34%
137
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English & language arts proficiency
78%
of students

Math proficiency
71%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.5
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
80%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 41%
6 to 10 days 34%
11 to 15 days 12%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 94.7%
Spanish 4.5%
Other 0.8%
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Learn more about Black River Middle School.

Mission

Black River Middle School’s objectives are designed to improve student performance, strengthen high expectations of achievement in all areas, and foster positive community relations and trust in school goals. Curriculum implementation and continuous review encourages intensive planning to benefit student learning through innovative strategies such as peer tutoring, makerspaces, and digital learning activities.

Academics

Encouraging children to learn through their interests helps enhance their ability to link personal knowledge with school experiences. For example, all students develop annual goals and career goals with input from their parents and school staff. Learning experiences focus on developing career planning, using technology, and designing opportunities for students to enhance their skills in the following essential areas: critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, and self-management.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Coed), Wrestling (Boys & Girls)

Clubs

BRMS offers a variety of after-school activities. Clubs generally meet from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Some clubs meet year round, whileothers take place seasonally. Some of the clubs offered to students include Abilities Awareness, Destination Imagination, Environmental, Drama, Meteorology, Service, Spanish, Chinese, French, Ski and Snowboard, STEM, Yearbook, Tech Detectives, and Art.

Teachers

Professional growth is an important part of the school culture. Staff members are active contributors at faculty meetings, participate in online book talks, visit each other's classrooms, and collaborate with the technology coaches. Teachers also leverage the power of Google Apps for Education to foster innovation within their PLCs. Many staff members have taken the initiative to become Google Certified Educators that will ultimately help promote the success of all students.

School safety

School Vistor Management System, School Security Specialist, Camera Monitoring, Emergency Communication App

Technology

Technology and STEM courses are provided to students in grades K-8.

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