Welcome to Our School
Dover Middle School serves a student population of 514 seventh and eighth graders drawn from the communities of Dover, Mine Hill and Victory Gardens. The program is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of the middle school aged child. Dover Middle School offers a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes the attainment of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards while providing the opportunity to explore a rich variety of curricular offerings.
We utilized a modified block schedule that provides for 73-minute Math and Language Arts classes. All other classes are 47 minutes in duration. Two days per week the schedule is modified to run an activity period for band, chorus, enrichment and intervention classes. Our Gifted and Talented program continues to engage students in activities that promote higher level thinking skills. Students were identified for the program through a series of multiple assessments including teacher recommendation; algebra readiness assessments, report card grades, and PARCC test results. Students identified as Gifted and Talented were grouped by grade level with students that possess like interests and a penchant for learning.
Dover Middle School continues to provide a Mac Book laptop computer for every student. All teachers are able to incorporate technology into their lessons on a daily basis through the use of Promethean Interactive Whiteboards and other tools. Teachers work collaboratively via PLC’s to research and share best practice strategies incorporating technology and 21st Century skills.
For seventh and eighth graders, co-curricular activities are another way for students to explore their interests and display their talents. At Dover Middle School, the program is varied enough to provide something for everyone. Writers, photographers and artists are attracted to the yearbook club. Public speaking and debate are fostered through forensics while dramatic talents are honed in the school play. Leadership skills and community service can be developed in the Student Leadership Council, the National Junior Honor Society and the Builders’ Club. Athletic programs for girls and boys include cross-country, soccer, basketball, wrestling, softball, baseball, and track and field.