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Welcome to John H. Walker Middle School! Here at JHWMS, the faculty and staff are committed to providing a supportive environment in which all students can reach their full potential. Our goal is to promote academic and social growth for all students, while maintaining productive school/home communication. In supporting this goal and helping to ease what is often a difficult transition, JHWMS operates as a true middle school.

Middle School is the most critical time in a child’s life. Children at this level go through more changes physically, psychologically, and emotionally than at any other point in their education. Middle school is the time for more independence while preparing for the challenges of high school. In order to do that, students will be on one of three groups per grade level. Within these groups, students will acquire the skills necessary to do their job: learning!

Advisory is another component of middle school in which student have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to do their job. Throughout the year, small groups will meet with a staff member for mini-lessons. These lessons will cover a wide variety of topics to assist students in becoming successful young adults.

Our motto for middle school students is “All roads lead to success!”


The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.