PDP Section A.
Description of School/District (Revised 10/30/09)
Berlin AreaSchool District
Berlin is a rural community with a population of 7,000 located 20 miles west of Oshkosh. The Berlin Area School District serves the City of Berlin, Nepeuskun, Rushford, Aurora, Poy Sippi, Bloomfield, Saxeville, Leon, Warren, Marion, Brooklyn, Seneca and St. Marie. The district is governed by a nine member school board elected at large. Public schools within the district include Clay Lamberton (K-5), Berlin Middle School (6-8), and Berlin High School (9-12), are located in the City of Berlin and serve a student population of approximately 1600. The district employs a Director of Instruction who coordinates K-12 curriculum, assessment, and staff development. A District Technology Coordinator and Technology Assistant/Audiovisual Coordinator assist staff in maintaining the district’s modern technology.
The community is generally low to middle class. The adjusted gross income in Berlin is only $33,458 (significantly lower than the $41,181 state average). Consequently, 37% of Berlin’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch. The school population is 89% Caucasian. There are 175 resident LEP students who comprise 11% of the total school population. (137 Hispanic students comprise 8%, 28 Hmong students comprise 2%, and 10 other comprise 1%). In addition to the resident LEP students, the district also has a migrant population of 30-40 students that attend school in the fall and spring.
Currently the district services 20 cognitively disabled students, 110 students with specific learning disabilities, 18 students with emotional disabilities, 63 speech and language primary disability students, 5 hearing impaired, 2 vision, 18 other health impaired, 2 significant developmental delay, and 7 autistic children.
Clay Lamberton Elementary was built in 1962 with additions being built in 1989 and 1992. The elementary is a pre-K-5 school with approximately 593 students. Over 60 professional staff members and many support staff provide services to our students. The elementary school has many excellent features. These include two computer labs with internet service, multipurpose room, full size gymnasium, smaller auxiliary gym with a climbing wall, full service LMC, music room and two art rooms. In addition, the district swimming pool is located at Clay. Other services include guidance, Title I, special education, and speech therapy. A full-time school psychologist and a full-time nurse for the district are also located in this building. Clay Lamberton school places a high priority on academics. The building goal is to meet or exceed the state mandates of “No Child Left Behind.” Special emphasis is directed toward reading, writing, and math. Literacy instruction is delivered using a 4-block instructional approach and six trait writing has been incorporated district wide. The math curriculum is guided by the Everyday Math program K-5. Staff members at Clay Lamberton collaborate with teachers at Poy Sippi to meet the same grade level benchmarks in all academic areas.
Berlin Middle School
When the new high school was completed in 1996, the old high school was remodeled into what is now Berlin Middle School. Over 32 professional staff members and many support staff provide services to approximately 333 students. Berlin Middle School goal is to provide a learning environment that allows students to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually at their own rate. Staff members provide students with guidance in problem solving and decision making. Students in each grade level are divided into two teams and a block schedule is used to provide 70 minute classes for the four core subject areas. The middle school offers the required subjects of language arts, social studies, math, science, and physical education. Exploration subjects include art, band, careers, choir, computer technology, creative problem solving, general music, home technology, industrial technology, and Spanish. An At-Risk program has been developed for those students who qualify. Additional personal improvement programming includes and the following opportunities for all students: Developmental Guidance, Health, Student Council, and STAND groups. A variety of sport, music, and journalism opportunities are available to students as extracurricular programs.
Berlin High School
Berlin High School is a modern facility built in 1996. The building is fully equipped with state of the art technology. Berlin operates on a trimester schedule with five 70 minute classes per day. Over 60 professional staff members and many support staff provide services to approximately 595 students. Each year teachers create academic department goals for students. The building goal over the next three years is to improve the rigor and relevance of our curriculum while improving relationships with students. The high school is the only building in the district that has an assistant principal. Two guidance counselors assist students with course planning and career preparation. An At-Risk program has been developed for those students who qualify. On average, 40% of Berlin graduates attend a four year college or university, while 35% attend two year technical college. The remaining graduates enter the work force, military, apprenticeship programs, or specialty schools. Extracurricular activities enrich the curriculum of the school by making available a wide variety of activities in which students may participate.