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Montgomery Lower Middle School


Montgomery Lower Middle School
373 Burnt Hill Road
Skillman, NJ  08558

Michael Richards

School Operating Times

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Times of the Year That Should be Avoided for Scheduling Site Visits

  • NJ ASK testing (mid-May, one week)
  • Month of June
  • First three weeks of September


Preferred Arrival and Departure Times

 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Visitation Procedures

Arrangements should be made with Michael Richards.  Schools and colleagues are welcome to spend the entire day at the school, partner with a teacher, or just visit with administration.



Mr. Michael Richards, Principal

Mrs. Georgianna Kichura, Assistant Principal

Directions to School

Montgomery Middle School - Lower Campus
Located in central New Jersey, four miles north of Princeton, NJ.  The nearest major highway is Route 206 which is accessible from Route 295 and Route 287.

What You Should Know About This School


Academic Excellence

  • Total instructional time is six hours and eighteen minutes. The state average is five hours and forty-two minutes.
  • Block schedule – six blocks consisting of 60 minutes each.
  • Communication courses are an extension of the language arts literacy curriculum, with a focus on public speaking and active listening.  The course has helped students to express themselves in a more clear and concise manner throughout the entire school day.
  • Use of interactive notebooks in science and social studies and the implementation of cooperative learning and hands-on activities (modeling and role playing).

Developmental Responsiveness

  • The Responsive Classroom approach is used to emphasize the social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe community.
  • Morning meeting is the anchor for the school and sets the tone for respectful learning and establishes a climate of trust.

Social Equity

  • Academic support for language arts and math is provided to students without disrupting the student’s daily academic activities.
  • Implementation of in-class support model with special education teachers included on teams.  Several instruments are used to identify students’ needs including: functional assessments, reading and or math MAP scores, NJASK when available, as well as writing samples that are holistically scored.
  • Music is an integral part of the instructional program and takes place during the regular school day.

Organizational Structures and Support

  • All teachers have a planning period and team period every day.
  • Shared leadership is an integral component of the school, whereby all organizations and teams within the school collaborate and make decisions about what is best for all stakeholders. Many of the building initiatives are teacher implemented.
  • Teams act as representatives, liaisons and advisors between staff and administration and continually foster and support interdependent collaboration as a vehicle toward creating connections among all stakeholders.
  • Team leaders are representative of each of the five core content teams, special education and cycle/elective teams.  They represent the teachers at team meetings to discuss school initiatives, budgets, general building concerns and school activities. 

Rochelle Hendricks, Assistant Commissioner
Division of School Effectiveness Initiatives & Choice, NJ Department of Education, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625