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Berlin High School

Public | 9-12 | 256 students

 
 

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Posted March 25, 2011

Reading other reviews blows my mind!! I, myself, am a Berlin graduate and have 4 children who attend Berlin now, whom ALL are doing good. My son has needed and received lots of help due to epilepsy. I am proud of him and the teachers for taking their time getting him where he is today. You wouldn't believe the amount of people/teachers who are willing to help one student...AMAZING! He is in 5th grade doing 7th and above grade level work. HUGE improvement. What parents don't realize is that it is ALSO the responsibility for them to help their own children. Teachers do what they can and personally knowing many teachers in the district, they teach not only with knowledge but also with passion. Yes, we do not have the best budget in the world, but who does these days. I love this school and the teachers and think they are doing GREAT jobs. These teachers need to start being acknowledged for what they do and appreciated! All schools have issues and this rating is based on the teaching level, which in turn makes a great school. On another note, Berlin District could def use more parent/community involvement (choice by parent, not schools prob). - Kristy Lemiska
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2009

I listen to parents complain about a great school saying their children are doing bad and it is the teachers fault, or the school system. There is no community envolvement, etc. In my opinion, being an alumni, and current parent, is the envolvment of the parents. There is none, nobody is taking responsibility for their own children and are leaving it up to the teachers. Compared to other schools, Berlin has a wonderful selection of teachers who care about the children, take each student personaly, and proffessionaly in their own way. You wont find teachers who care about their students in a school with a bunch of money, or huge athletic teams. A successful school comes from everyone working together, including the parents. Maybe we should all stop our busy lives and take more possesion of our childrens lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

The district is large in area covered but small in terms of enrollment. The issue is that the information given depends on the personal agenda of the person giving the information. I read reviews that state bus rides are long, the simple fact is that the district is 169 square miles and although some rides are long, I remember being informed through data that the average ride time is 35 - 45 minutes each way..a little different than picking out the extreme and posting it for your personal purpose of slamming a very good rural school. It is sad that instead of working so hard to distroy the district's reputation that we are not willing to work equally as hard to build it up and be honest with our information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

Berlin is a horrible school. I go there and it's horrible. Avoid putting your kids in that school district because the teachers give you a ton of hw, even in sixth grade, the educational value is low, and you don't have a very good time there at all. You'd be better off with a school that has a higher budget!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2006

I used to go to Berlin. And I have definitely seen schools where the teachers, don't have to get paid to stay after so the kids can get extra help. And they had me in special education classes that I did not need to be in. I don't have many god things to say about the school, and neither does my mother. I am now a senior in high school, in a different school. My Class average has gone up, a lot since I left that school. I hope things have changed so other kids can have a better, opportunity.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 6, 2006

This district is lacking in solid leadership, there have been several changes in Superintendants in the last 4 years as well as principals. Because of this there have been a numbers of issues that have developed, for instance, mid term last year they adopted a new class schedule that left many middle/high students with multiple study halls/day and half completed class for the year. This is a huge geographic district and some children are on the bus for 1.75hr in one direction. The ex. curr. programs are also underfunded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

For the most part this school is a positive atmosphere for our children but there is some changes that could be taken to increase the happiness of our loved ones. I think the athletic program could be increased in it's intensity and there should be more structured work outs and there is a undenying neccisaty for a work out room for our athletes. We could also open this space up to our community, which brings me to my next point. There is no community involvement in our school system. This is a huge problem, how are our kids supposed to feel important when there community dosn't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

I dont think that Berlin School is all that great. All of my childrens grades are very low. They pay attention and study their little bums off all the time and dont seem to succeed in this school! Also, you need to clean up your Gym! That gym is infested with hundreds of dead and alive flies. The floors are completely covered with them. Personally, I think that is utterly disgusting and repulsively embarrassing! I want my children to succeed and be very intelligent but im afraid succession will not happen in Berlin Central high School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2004

I think berlin needs to help the kids .my son is in 6th grade and can not read . I dont have much good to say about thios school . I think they realy need to spend there time with the kids that are need extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

I think the Berlin Junior/Senior High, as well as Stephentown Elementary are first rate schools. They are small, and the teachers and staff really know your child. They truly want each child to suceed, and with a little pushing are willing to go the extra distance to ensure that success. Both my daughters attend Berlin, and though each is very different, with different strengths and weaknesses, they are each receiving an excellent education tailored to their specific needs. One problem is that since Mr. Bedford left two years ago they have not had effective, compatible principal leadership. There is a new principal this year, and I hope this problem will see a solution. In contrast, Stephentown Elementary is lucky to benefit from the best principal I have ever observed-Ms. Bergman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

my son's grades have improved 100% at berlin central. he looks forward to going to school every day. I am very happy as a parent to see such graet teachers and staff that really care about the children.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
48%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
81%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
55%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

31 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students52%
Female57%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Non-migrant52%

Chemistry

All Students74%
Female78%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Earth Science

All Students60%
Female53%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%

English

All Students82%
Female86%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Geometry

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Global History and Geography

All Students75%
Female78%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities34%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Integrated Algebra

All Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities58%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Living Environment

All Students83%
Female82%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities27%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students97%
Female97%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 97% 48%
Black 2 1% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
Hispanic 2 0% 23%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 136%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 8%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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17400 Ny 22
Cherry Plain, NY 12040
Phone: (518) 658-2515

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