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Pemberton, New Jersey
Burlington County
Pemberton Township School District
Helen A. Fort Middle School is a public school located in Pemberton, New Jersey with 656 students in grades 7-8.
Highlights
Helen A. Fort Middle School is proud to be named a National School of Character by Character.org, adding to our honor as a New Jersey State School of Character.
A rigorous academic curriculum is balanced by a variety of electives and over 50 extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities to engage students after school.
A 1:1 Chromebook initiative means that students learn digital literacy skills alongside academics. Employment of digital curriculum increases student engagement as it reinforces 21st century skills.
Awards

Helen A. Fort Middle School is proud of our distinction as both a New Jersey State School of Character and now, as a National School of Character. Six specifically identified character strengths serve as guideposts for staff and students throughout our educational journeys at Helen A. Fort Middle School: grit, empathy, self-control, zest, curiosity, and optimism. We believe that using these character traits to guide our actions will promote student success in school, at home, and in our community. Working together, we believe we will create a positive environment that helps our students grow academically, personally, and socially.

Location
101 Fort Dix Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Tammi Strege
609-893-8141
tstrege@pemb.org
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Grades
7-8
White 54%
Black 24%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 18%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
656
students
Female 48.0%
Male 52.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 49%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 10%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
328
Grade Percent of total students Students
7th Grade 48%
314
8th Grade 52%
342
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English & language arts proficiency
48%
of students

Math proficiency
23%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
11.1
Incidents per year
Violence 56
Weapons 1
Vandalism 8
Substances 5
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 73
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
59%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 28%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 17%
Over 15 days 24%
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English 94.2%
Spanish 5.0%
Other 0.8%
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Learn more about Helen A. Fort Middle School.

Mission

Pemberton Learning Community: Pursuing Excellence, Once Child at a Time. Pemberton Township Schools serves over 5,000 students from Pemberton Township, Pemberton Borough and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Helen A. Fort Middle School provides exemplary education for over 600 seventh and eighth grade students. Helen Fort's theme is "Constructing a Community of Character," a theme that unites us in our vision to connect students and staff to a larger purpose.

Academics

At Helen Fort Middle School, we believe that success starts here! Our roadmap to success includes serving as an important bridge to high school. Seventh and eighth grade students at Helen Fort Middle School encounter a rigorous academic curriculum grounded in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards; honors classes are available in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Furthermore, we offer the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, which helps students prepare for and succeed in college. Along with their academic “travels,” students enjoy a variety of electives including Spanish, art, music, woodshop, coding, and STEAM. Where needed, students can avail themselves of academic support through after-school tutoring. Helen Fort Middle School rounds out students’ journeys with digital resources in math, language arts, science and social studies that is supported by a 1:1 Chromebook initiative.

Clubs

With more than 50 clubs, sports, and activities offered at Helen Fort Middle School, we have something for every interest. We provide activities for “niche” interests like anime as well as more traditional offerings like chess and yearbook. Moreover, athletics include sports for both genders in both intramural and interscholastic competition. Finally, our Student Council provides students with service opportunities to deepen their connection to our building and community.

Programs

At Helen Fort Middle School, the tutoring and homework club meets three times a week, affording students academic assistance and transportation. Highly qualified teachers in math and language arts reinforce literacy skills across content areas and encourage study strategies to improve students' grades.

Teachers

As a high functioning learning community, we believe in our mission: Pursuing Excellence, One Child at a Time. Through purposeful dialogue about teaching and learning, our teachers work interdependently by engaging in a cyclic process of collective inquiry to strengthen their craft to improve student learning. This process includes identifying power standards, creating common assessments, analyzing data and creating action plans focusing on student results.

Parents

An active Parent-Teacher Organization connects members of the Helen Fort school community. Meeting monthly with teachers, counselors, and parents, this group organizes fundraisers to benefit students of the school, provides social activities for students like dances, and promotes school spirit through special assemblies. In addition, Helen Fort Middle School encourages parents to access student attendance and grades information through Genesis, our student information system.

Facilities

Helen A Fort Middle School built in 1956. The MS underwent a boiler upgrade to two of the three boilers that supply the middle school. One of the boilers was rebuilt and the other boiler was removed and replaced. Also at the MS a new STEAM lab was constructed over the summer.

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