Hunterdon Preparatory School

11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801 ♦ 908.832.7200

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middle school

“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself.” 

- John Dewey

Middle school students are placed in a homeroom known as the Troupe.  The Troupe is staffed with a veteran HPS teacher as well as an instructional aide. Current enrollment in the Troupe is capped at 10 students.Troupe students receive individualized and group instruction in all core academic areas within their self-contained classroom. The curriculum meets state and federal standards. Middle school students participate yearly in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments. Eighth graders also take the ASK 8 Science assessment in the spring. 

Troupe students benefit from our behavior management status board which is a visual aide to remind them of the standing of their privileges. There is also a study skills checklist that focuses on organizational skills, homework and classroom behavior over a time period of two weeks.  Troupe students assess themselves daily at their end of the day homeroom meeting as another method of promoting self-regulation, academic motivation and homeroom team building.

The Troupe programming provides for group counseling three times a week for forty minutes.  “Group” is a forum for learning the communication tools students need to communicate effectively and respectfully, resolving conflicts in a socially acceptable manner, giving and receiving feedback and support, and learning to identify emotions as a way to change negative social responses to positive ones.

Troupe students are integrated with HPS high school students for afternoon electives. This combined structure allows our older students to mentor our younger students as they prepare to move from the middle school environment to the bigger academic and social demands of the high school environment.


Middle school students at Hunterdon Prep have the opportunity to participate in a variety of elective courses designed to give them the chance to explore their passions and interests outside the core curriculum. Students can select from special interest electives such as: Art Studio, Music Lab, Crafts, Performing Arts, Life Skills, Minecraft, Book Club, Film Studies, Strategy & Competition, Creative Writing, Ceramics, and Vocal Lab. Physical Education electives include: Bowling, Yoga, Recess Games, Outdoor Ed, Fishing, Couch to 5K, Power Walking, and Soccer.

Visit our Electives page to read more about our classes. 


Our middle school students are busy! HPS Students have ample opportunity for enrichment activities outside the classroom. Visit our Enrichment page to see some of the activities our students are involved in. 

Upcoming Events

Bring in yard sale items for prom fundraiser
April 24, 2017 8:30 AM - April 28, 2017 2:30 PM
Cave movie fundraiser
April 26, 2017 12:25 PM - 1:00 PM
Evening of Support Fundraising Event
April 27, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Honor Roll Brunch
May 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
May 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Poetry Cafe
May 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:25 PM
908.832.7200 ♦ Fax: 908.832.9772 ♦ 11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801

HUNTERDON PREPARATORY SCHOOL IS A, not-for-profit, day school serving students between the ages of 12 and 21
 from over 40 school districts in New Jersey. We are located near the town of Clinton in west central NJ.