New Jersey's School for the Deaf
Middle School Program


The Middle School serves children in grades five through eight through our Day or Residential Program. The Middle School curriculum complies with the Common Core Standards and all students, regardless of abilities, are exposed to the Standards.

The goal of the Middle School is to provide the students with a challenging curriculum in an environment that meets their social, emotional, and cultural needs while preparing them for their high school experience.

Students receive the traditional academic offerings of Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health, with a double period for English & Writing.  Students also attend classes in ASL Literacy, Technology, Visual and Performing Arts. Middle School brings to the students the introduction of Wood Shop and Practical Living Skills.  Our bilingual philosophy of English and American Sign Language in instruction exposes our students to all aspects of learning through both the visual and auditory learning channels.

Special programming is available to students with multiple disabilities. All classes are taught by certified instructors who have special training in working with Deaf students with multiple disabilities. This program meets the distinctive needs of students by providing individualized instruction through direct communication and a low student to adult ratio.

Our Residential Program meets the needs of our students with multiple disabilities within the regular Residential Program.

The transition from elementary to middle school can be stressful for students. Meeting the social and emotional needs of the young adolescent is a core component of our Middle School philosophy. Students have the opportunity to meet regularly with a counselor, individually or in a small group. These sessions focus on the development of interpersonal relationships and appropriate social skills.

Speech and Language therapy, audiological services, and adaptive physical education are offered as related services.  The Behavior Management Specialist is available for consultation to students and parents.

The provision of a late bus by school districts allows our day students an opportunity to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Educational Resource Center, sports, Student Government, Girl Scouts, storytelling, assemblies, and field trips provide students with additional learning opportunities.

            All fifth through eighth grade students participate in the state required assessments of student achievement through the PARCC or Dynamic Learning Maps.

At the end of Eighth Grade our students are ready and eager for the challenges of our High School Program.

Enrollment Information

Mrs. Margaret Provost