This school is great IF you intend for your child to grow up here, attend local college and come right back. Most teachers hired in the past 10 yrs are related to a current employee or attended the school as children (admin too). The school board is also of the same ilk and make decisions based on their interest, not academic excellence. There is great pride in our PSSA results however it makes sense when you realize the amount of time our staff spends teaching to the test. The curriculum is VERY LIMITED and if you have an exceptional student do not expect much of a challenge. Especially if they are female. If you decide to challenge the status quo you may also want to prepare yourself for the admistration to dismiss your concerns as being a problem parent.If you are lucky you may end up with a teacher willing to fight for your child but it will depend on the luck of the draw. To say we are not impressed with Bermudian is an understatement. There are just too many locals making decisions based on family connections and childhood affiliations to make it anything other than a basic education.
This school does not adequately prepare its students for college. The administration could demonstrate a greater level of professionalism. They could also accept responsibility for their mistakes instead of finger pointing elsewhere. Greater lessons are learned once mistakes are owned. It is how you move forward from your mistake that demonstrates greater lessons beyond the classroom. The school system is cliquey. If you enrolled in kindergarten or your parents grew up as Bermudian students then you should do fine. Not impressed with the system at all.
I moved here from the western part of the state and my wife is from the eastern part of the state. We both came from much larger schools and higher taxes. All three of our children started in Bermudian from Kindergarten. We are very pleased with the school district in general, the majority of the teachers are attentive and the parents are supportive. It is a small school and everyone knows each other kids through some aspect of the school which makes it very family like community. It is my observation that the students support each other better in a smaller school than a larger school. The curriculum could be a little more challenging for the more advance students, but overall they seem to do a good job with all levels of ability. The school, parents and the community provides a very good foundation for the young men and women from our observation.
I am a graduate of Bermudian and now a teacher in the district. I loved attending the school, and have thus far had a very positive expericence as an educator here. The students, for the most part, want to learn, and I can't disagree more with the reviews that say the majority of teachers are only here for the paycheck. Sure, there are some, like any school, but across the board both as a student and teacher, my experience has been opposite. In response to parent on 3-14-10, the staff and teachers did not receive blackberries, only administrators so they could be easily reached by phone or email regardless of where they are in the area.
If you are planning to send your kids here. Don't. It is ok if you are in the in crowd.
We moved to Pennsylvania three years ago and we were happy to be out of the Maryland School systems. They were breeding mills for poor scholastic attitudes. We have been very happy with our kids progress at Bermudian. It is said that students succeed when parents are involved. This is evident at the Berm. When I read some of the negative comments here about the school I just am not sure where they come from. Our kids are happy, the y love their teachers and the school. I would highly recommend the school district to anyone considering a move to the area. Be involved in your child's academic affairs and they and you will get the most out of their time at the school. The school offers and amazing band program as well as sports programs but what sets the school apart is the academics.
I too am puzzled by the purchase of blackberries for the teachers when they are spending so much of their instructional time on their computers. Now they have another allowed distraction. Ironic too when our district is raising taxes to overcome shortfalls when they are buying cell phones for the staff. I think its time for an independant audit of the teacher's online searches and telephone/texting personal business during our students class time.
I am a graduate of Bermudian and a parent of three students who attend Bermudian. Bermudian is a better school than the majority of school's in this area. The academics are stronger than most and I believe they offer the students what the need to succeed in college and in life. The teachers are like most schools -- you have the great ones, the good ones, and the ones that are there for a paycheck. It's that way in college too. I believe it takes three things for a student to succeed-- teachers input, students input and parents input. Too many parents expect miracles out of teachers these days. They don't want to be bothered with their kids but they expect the teachers to work miracles. I've been a helper in the classrooms and I've seen this over and over again. Negative aspect of Berm - Lake Meade crowd.
I have been a student at bermudian springs school district since kindergarten, and i have learned that a number of teachers here have an actual goal of having their students learn something. They really do want them to succeed. However, the majority quite obviously want nothing more than summer vacations. They are lousy educators who have no more respect for their students than their students have for them. The renovations to the school are wonderful, now that they are done, however during the construction, students got injured from the work they were doing. This school has no priorities other than a high attendence rate, nomatter what the well-being of the students might be, and high test-scores, regaurdless of whether or not the students actually learn something useful. Bermudian springs is the most pointless, rediculous thing i've ever seen, which is why i transfered to a new one.
I feel the BERM has done a good job getting my kids ready for college. Too bad the construction took so long...should of been renovated 10 years earlier than it was. For a 'farm' town school it's technology is good. Our PSSA test scores are above average and credit is due to administators, teachers, and the students. Keep up the good work!
The Highschool is under going a mjor renovation, which was needed. Many of the comments about the school falling appart was infact the case. For a small farming community that has very few sources of tax revenue there is a challenge between higher taxes and what the school can actually do. Many believe that the HS renovation was a luxury. The key point is the Bermudian Students are prepared for college. We have two in college that are doing very well thanks to the BERM.
The high school is like walking into a youth detention center. I had to take my child out at that level and do schooling at home! I think this could be a wonderful school if we get rid of some of the staff who are there for the select few and start to look at the whole class as equal. We need to have more more training on teen depression and bullying and listen to these kids. They do better when they know they are heard. If coming to Bermudian Good luck because your going to need to be really involved if your child is to achieve his/her best!
The school has been getting a lot better. Improvements are on the way and the building project is going surprisingly fast. I believe Bermudian has the BEST agriculture classes out of all the schools in the state. This year we won 3rd place best of show at the Garden Expo. That is VERY impressive. Not to mention, Mr. Wardle, is the most caring, respectable, fun and outgoing teacher there could possibly ever be. It's too bad that Mr. Gutacker (Graphics teacher) is saying his goodbyes this year. He is an awesome teacher, and I have enjoyed his class for 4 years. All together, I believe this school is a good place to send your children. In my 4 years I have attended the school, every problem was worked out and just led to a better learning experience. If you want your children to have a good education, then this is the place.
I am a teacher and a parent of 3 children in the Bermudian Springs School district. My children received a wonderful education as well as the opportunity to play sports and participate in the music program. The teachers and coaches worked together to help my children achieve success in the programs they participated in. Bermudian is a small school where students get the attention they need to succeed if they seek for it. No one is denied help if they ask for it. What a great place to send kids to learn.
Bermudian springs is a very good school to send your kids to. Although they are alittle behind on the building improvements they are trying their best. The teachers are very nice and helpful if you need help in their class. Some of the teachers though need to go. Sports such as football and wrestling are very big here. The color guard has been doing very good too. Parents don't involve too much anymore since we left the middleschool. I would recommend that you send your kids to Bermudian because the kids here are friendly and new kids are always welcomed!
Principals play a minor role in the discipline of the kids. If you got a bright kid, this school is for you. If you have a child with a learning disability, forget it. Bullying is ok there, even though they claim to be against it. Great football and track, but other sports, those teams fend for themselves.
For a low budget school, Bermudian manages to get by. The heating and A/C in the school is mediocre and constantly breaks. The plumbing definitely needs work too. When there is a bad storm or even an afternoon shower, you walk through the halls and classrooms looking at trashcans placed in various spots to catch the water leaking from the roof. The quality of the lunches leaves a lot to be desired. Half the teachers here don't care about how they affect a students life, just how their next paycheck will affect their bank account. The assistant principal favors students he likes and profiles those that he does'nt as 'bad kids.' If you do one thing wrong, he will hold it against you the rest of your high school career. Our no bullying policy can't be effective if the enforcer is one himself. If needed find another school to attend.
This school is a good school. The principals are to strict about the students clothes. The school revolves around the football and wrestling teams and everything else gets the old equipment and the dry un-cut fields. This school is very small and everyone knows everyone. The middle school band is great and the middle school track team was awesome last year. None of the parents really are involved except the 'over achievers' parents. Most parents just bring there kids to their sports and that's all. The art program isn't great but it works for the small school. Overall the school is a fine school but I wouldn't send your kids to this school.
This school does not have many teachers who respect their students. I feel the attitude is, 'Well, I get paid, so it doesn't much matter if I respect the kids or not'. The opinions of the students are not held as even a lower priority. Please, there are much, much better places to send your children where they will get an education and not be critizied in the process.
Some parents are very involved, others come to major events. Main sports are provided, and I believe that many people come to Friday night football games, wrestling matches, and basketball games. The music program is amazing, and the wind ensomble was the only high school band asked to play at Valley Forge this year. Teachers know their subjects and have taught the majority of their careers at Bermudian. The students are nicer than others at most schools and the band teacher said that he would rather teach here than at a much richer school like Cumberland Valley just because of the students here. These wonderful students are from a wide range of backgrounds, some form very low-class families and some with ingroud swimming pools and pinball machines. I can honestly say that this issue doesn't matter.
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