The Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, named in honor of a former district Superintendent of Schools, is located on Kent Lane in East Windsor Township and has an enrollment of 1120 students in grades 6 through 8. The original school was built in 1968 with a large addition completed in 1971 and a major classroom reconstruction project finished in 1994. The Kreps Middle School has recently completed an even more extensive construction project which has given us an auditorium, another gym, new science labs and additional classrooms on both the first and second floors. In addition, our multi-purpose room has been expanded and all our open space areas have been converted to closed classrooms. Our school is organized into grade level teams with four to five teachers working together with a shared group of 100 to 110 students in one of four teams at each grade level. This structure promotes the concept of family and allows students and teachers to develop close relationships. Teachers meet as a team weekly with guidance counselors and administrators to address the academic, social and emotional needs of their students.
The language arts/reading curriculum provides students with opportunities to engage in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The writing program is process-oriented with emphasis on clarity in composition, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Our mathematics curriculum includes both writing and problem-solving. Sixth-grade students review basic functions while seventh graders expand their knowledge in pre-algebra. Eighth-grade students focus on the four major cluster areas of the New Jersey Grade ASK 8(NJASK8). In science, students focus on three major branches of science each year which include laboratory work and long-term research projects. Reading, writing, research and higher level thinking skills are all stressed in our social studies program. In addition to these subjects, our students study a world language each year. Sixth graders continue their exploration of the Spanish language, while seventh-grade students select a language(Spanish, French or German) to study. Students also participate in state-mandated health and physical education, technology, art, and music programs.
Enrichment opportunities and accelerated programs are provided for our academically talented students. Likewise, special needs students also have their individual requirements addressed through there source room, self-contained classrooms, in-class teacher support, speech therapy, and supplementary instruction. Kreps Middle School students have the benefit of a wide range of co-curricular activities such as band, chorus, musicals, one-act plays, intramural sports, newspaper, year-book and homework club. Interscholastic sports include soccer, cross country, field hockey, cheerleading, wrestling, basketball, tennis, track, softball, and baseball. There are many ways that the Kreps Middle School acknowledges student achievement and accomplishments. We have a “Student of the Month” program, "Random Acts of Kindness" luncheon, honor roll assemblies, an athletic awards night and an eighth-grade awards program. Further, participation in national, state and local contests allows our students to be recognized for their many talents.
We are proud of the warm, safe and secure family atmosphere that our Kreps Middle School provides allowing both preteens and teens to develop academically and socially in a supportive environment. By working together with a very active parent group, we strive to provide a quality education for all of our students.