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Trenton, New Jersey
Mercer County
Trenton Public School District
Hedgepeth Williams Middle School is a public school located in Trenton, New Jersey with 659 students in grades 6-8.
The school earned accolades for its drastic reduction in chronic absenteeism from 23% to an average of 7%
The school earned a $300,000 5-year grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation entitled All Kids Thrive. The grant was awarded to select participants who completed a rigorous application proce
The school petitioned and was granted approval to change the school's name to a school of the arts.

As a result of school turnaround successful efforts, HWMSA was released from state "status". NJDOE Recognition for significant progress toward improving attendance/decreasing chronic absenteeism; Cited in Federal ESSA; Advocates for Children of NJ recognition; Asthma Friendly School Recognition; Creatively STEAM Scholarship; Sustainable Jersey for Schools & PSEG Grant recipients; Future City Competition; and All Kids Thrive grant recipient.

301 Gladstone Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08629
Principal: Ms. Adrienne Hill
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White 1%
Black 37%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 62%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
Female 44.0%
Male 56.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 73%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 18%
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 33%
7th Grade 35%
8th Grade 32%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 8
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 1
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 2
Total incidents 11
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 31%
6 to 10 days 24%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 23%
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English 54.6%
Spanish 42.6%
Other 2.7%
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Learn more about Hedgepeth Williams Middle School.


The mission of the Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School of the Arts (HWMSA) is to foster constructive use of the arts as a means of personal expression. Students will learn in a safe, nurturing, artistically creative and academically challenging environment. By providing exposure to a diversified curriculum, on and off-campus learning experiences and opportunities to collaborate with qualified professionals, students attending the HWMSA will be promoted to the next grade ready and prepared to succeed in high school. We believe that the visual and performing arts promote students' individuality and social development while helping them to utilize various vehicles for problem-solving and sharing. The arts promote the formation of real life connections and opportunities for appropriate self-expression.


Students benefit daily from academic programming that supports a rigorous curriculum, best instructional practices and data informed decision making. New Jersey Student Learning Standards and mandated curricula are used. Literacy is the basis for all coursework, focusing on a mini lesson structure, grade level and content area texts, close reading and daily independent reading/writing. Accelerated math, ELA and Algebra I courses are offered to qualified students.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Coed), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Swimming (Coed), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys & Girls)


Clubs: Art, Choir, Dance, Drama, Band, Green Team, Health & Fitness, Quilting, Reading, Robotics & Student Government. As a school of the arts, students will engage in multiple (instrumental & vocal) music, drama, dance and art exhibitions. Tutoring is offered in most content areas. "Paws for a Cause" is the school's service learning component during which the students (and staff) do outreach to local causes and institutions for seniors, veterans, other schools and those in need.


Staff members participate in a wide variety of on-site and on-location professional development sessions provided by school and district administrators, content Leaders, and vendors like The Foundation for Educational Administration. Partnerships exist with The Bonners at Rider University and the College of New Jersey, Sustainable Jersey, McCarter Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Bucks Air, Young Audiences NJ and local Guest Artists who all offer staff professional learning opportunities.


Understanding the variety of student needs, HWMSA offers multiple inclusive, self contained and out-of-class replacement services for special populations. Counseling, ESL, Sheltered Instruction, tutoring, mentoring and Intervention & Referral Services are offered for additional academic, personal, social and emotional supports for students. The school also has an Attendance Team which supports students and families with the potential obstacles that might prevent a student from having regular school attendance. The team conducts mediation with the students, parents and teachers as needed.


Students participate in a universal free breakfast program, Health & Physical Education every other day (including swimming in our indoor pool), outdoor campus time when possible, a Fitness Club, a Green Team, and many other health and wellness related after school activities including sports. Dance, which has two instructors, has been offered as a class since the Fall of 2017.


Effective schools are a result of family, school staff and community partnerships. At HWMSA we have worked to establish lasting relationships with the community at-large. Parents/Caregivers/Extended families are an integral part of our students' and school's success. To support parent learning, we offer online ESL classes and opportunities to help us maintain a positive and safe environment as Parents on Patrol or as members of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).


This 1939 historical building houses an indoor pool, a full stage in the auditorium, an oversized gymnasium, a media center and a Dance Studio. Spaces in development include a Performance Studio, Literacy Cafe', Language Learning Center, STEAM Collaboratory, and a Harmony (Counseling/Mediation) room. The school colors of orange and black are prevalent throughout the school.

School safety

Safety and wellness are school priorities. To that end, the school has a Crisis Team whose job it is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders who enter our doors. There is an Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Specialist on site daily. A Student Assistance Counselor is on site 1 time per week or as needed.


The school currently has begun 3D printing and the utilization of a 3D computer to conduct activities like virtual dissections, sculpting and the identification of functions of the human heart. The school boasts a Robotics Club which has competed against top schools at the Future City Competition. Since HWMSA is a school of the arts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities are in development. Through this and other equipment, materials, competitions and activities, our students are provided with opportunities to increase their access to new technology and educational pedagogy.

Early childhood

The goals of the Hedgepeth/Williams School of the Arts are… (1) To equip students with the fundamentals of visual and performing arts (2) To prepare students for both high school and higher (3) To inspire students and the community at-large through the arts (4) To transform lives by promoting critical thinking, problem solving, artistic expression, goal setting and action planning (5)To provide relevant quality learning and performing opportunities in and through the visual and performing arts. (6) To promote confidence, collaboration, character and civic responsibility. At the beginning of each school day the whole school meets together to communicate any important upcoming events and information. Students follow a four block schedule which rotates on an A/B schedule. Language Arts and Mathematics meet every day, while cience/Social studies and specials meet on opposing days. Though students are expected to wear the district uniform for middle school stude

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