Lower/Middle School (973) 334-4375
Craig High School (973) 334-1234
Admissions (973) 334-1295

The Craig Middle School

ACADEMICS

THE CRAIG MIDDLE SCHOOL provides the courses required to meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, while incorporating strategy-based instructional techniques into our curriculum.

READING

All teaching programs incorporate the multisensory principles of instruction. The teaching is direct, sequential and prescriptive. The reading and spelling programs include:

  • Orton-Gillingham
  • Wilson
  • Project Read
  • Lindamood-Bell
  • Phonology/Linguistics
  • Benchmark
  • Story Form
  • Read Naturally
  • Report Form
  • Take Aim! 

WRITING

  • Process writing linked with assistive technology
  • School-wide vocabulary program using LINCs
  • Project Read Written Expression

MATH

  •  Strategies & methodologies of multiple programs utilized
  •  Experiential teaching approach
  •  Textbooks used to ensure scope and sequence 

CROSS-CURRICULAR INTEGRATION

The Craig Middle School features cross-curricular integration. Systematic progression to independent:

  • Note-taking
  • Research papers
  • Test preparation, including developing study guides 

DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT

  • Reading Assessment - 3x per year
  • WIATT III
  • TOWL (Test of Written Language) - 2x per year
  • GMADE and GRADE
  • Comprehensive tracking of scores

COMMUNICATION

  • Progress Reports - 3x per year
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - 2x per year
  • Communication Ladder
  • Parent Portal on the Website 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Smart Boards
  • Phonic Ear (A sound field system is a sound system for schools that improves the learning environment for the entire class)
  • iPads and E-Readers
  • Immense suite of assistive technology software and assessment tools for reading, writing, and math including:
    • Kurzweil (award-winning software which provides a comprehensive and integrated solution for reading, writing, and learning. Includes text-to-speech, note-taking, and organizational skills components)*
    • Firefly by Kurzweil (IPad/Web E-Reader application which provides students access to Craig’s collection of literature and teacher created material, any place...any time)
    • Ginger (Contextual spell checking and reporting software)
    • CoWriter (Word prediction software)*
    • Lexia (the most rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and respected reading program in the world / reinforces Orton-Gillingham instruction)*
    • Scholastic Reading Inventory (reading assessment which provides immediate, actionable data on student reading levels and growth over time)
    • Read Naturally (develops fluency, supports vocabulary development, and promotes comprehension using the powerful research-based Read Naturally strategy.
    • Dragon Naturally Speak (powerful speech-to-text application)
    • Inspirations
    • Math Facts Now
      (*Home use license provided for student)
  • Multiple web subscription services including World Book Online, The Accessible Book Collection, Discovery Education, Bookshare, and EBSCOHost.
  • Mathletics

REFERENCE SHEETS

Every strategy taught at Craig has a reference sheet detailing how it is performed. Students are encouraged to use these reference sheets for all classwork and homework assignments until they master the strategies.

ORGANIZATION

  • School-wide binder system
  • Each student has personal space on Craig Network n Weekly organizational checks
  • Reference sheets for visual processing reminders
  • Organizational software for writing process 

SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAMS

Both in and out of the classroom, our social skills programs allow students to explore issues of self-identity, develop and practice social interaction skills, and understand their changing roles and responsibilities through:

  • On-Staff Social Clinicians
  • Communication enhancement lessons in the classroom
  • Social coaching – group and individual
  • Homeroom mentoring through community circles
  • Peer Leader program
  • Pro-social skills incentive programs

PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT

  • Friday electives, including: video-making, photography, guitar, chorus, and newspaper
  • Homework Help
  • Math Extra Help
  • Frost Valley Environmental Camp
  • Ski Program
  • Cultural programs and special themed weekly events
  • Culminating educational trip for graduates
  • Summer Academics & Enrichment Programs

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

INTER-SCHOOL ATHLETICS:

  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Basketball

OTHER:

  • Homework Help
  • Art
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Basketball
  • Socials
Middle School Info

Main Office
The Craig Lower/Middle School Campus

15 Tower Hill Rd
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.4375 | Fax 973.334.2861
Email 

Craig High School

310 Lathrop Ave
Boonton, NJ 07005
Phone 973.334.1234 | Fax 973.334.1288
Email

The Craig School Admission and Administration office

10 Tower Hill Road
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.1295 | Fax 973 334 1299
Email

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