HEDGEPETH-WILLIAMS MS (21-5210-301)

Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School formerly known as Junior High School #2 is a historic comprehensive 6th-8th grade middle school located in the East Ward in the Capitol City of Trenton, New Jersey. The school is densely populated with approximately 465 students and a staff of over 50. Gladys Hedgepeth and Berline Williams were two courageous African-American women who challenged and helped outlaw racial segregation in New Jersey in 1944. In their honor, Junior High School #2 was renamed Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School on April 25, 1991. Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School’s Mission is to become a community of learners, committed to building an educational foundation for the 21st century. We are dedicated to providing an environment that is engaging and inclusive; cultivating high expectations, critical thinking, creativity and a desire to learn for all students as they enter a global environment. We value individual responsibility, integrity and compassion in a safe, healthy and supported setting.
The educational programs students in grades 6-8 are developed to allow students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. All areas of the school building work collaboratively to provide the elements needed for students to make the transition from one stage of development to the next. As a member of NJ PBSIS (Positive Behavior Support in Schools) initiative, we are committed to developing measures that foster positive relationships with students and all stakeholders that will lead to a positive school culture and climate for all. Our school expectations/rules for all students encompass the following: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Right Your Wrongs. At Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School, students are offered the following subjects: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health/Physical Education, Art, Vocal & Instrumental Music, ESL, Technology, and World Language.

In addition to the aforementioned course offerings, students are encouraged to participate in the following extra-curricular activities: Robotics, Soccer, Track, Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Tennis, Baseball, Swimming, Art Club, Music Club, Student Government, Math Club, Dance/ Step Club, Yearbook Club, and Technology/Newsletter Club. To further support and enrich the academic, social, personal, college and career readiness experiences of our diverse student population, Hedgepeth-Williams has established partnerships with the following organizations: College of New Jersey-Bonner Institute, NJ SEEDS, SMILE/GEAR UP with Mercer County Community College, Greg Grant 94Ft Academic Sports Academy Inc., Living Hope Empowerment Center, and Minding Our Business (MOB) with Rider University.

Parental involvement is not only the Trenton Public Schools strategic goal; it is the goal of Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School. With all stakeholders on board, academics as well as social awareness will yield to successful and productive students campus wide. We are still looking for community partners to support us in advancing our mission. If you are interested in becoming a partner with our beloved institution of learning, please call the main office at (609) 656-4760.