Student Services

The mission of the Berkshire School Community is to maximize each student’s potential as an individual and as a responsible citizen. Berkshire Local School District encompasses the townships of Burton, Claridon, Montville, Thompson and Troy.

 Elementary

Kindergarten – 6th Grade
Burton Elementary - 13724 Carlton St., Burton
Ledgemont Elementary - 16200 Burrows Rd., Thompson
Kindergarten Guidelines: Registration: Children must be five (5) years old on or before August 1. For additional information, see Board Policy 5112.

Early entrance: Children who will not yet be the proper age for entrance to kindergarten or first grade by the first day of January of the school year for which admission is requested shall also be evaluated for possible early admittance if referred by an educator within the District, a pre-school educator who knows the child, or pediatrician or psychologist who knows the child. Children who will not yet be the proper age for entrance to kindergarten or first grade by the first day of January of the school year for which admission is requested may also be evaluated for possible early admittance at the discretion of the principal of the school to which the student may be admitted. See Board Policy 5408 for more details. 

 

Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School

Grades 7 – 12
14510 N. Cheshire St., Burton

Junior High (Grades 7 & 8)
2017-2018 Jr. High Course Selection Guide

High School (9-12)
Berkshire High School is a four-year comprehensive high school accredited by the State of Ohio. Students interested in vocational or tech prep programs attend Auburn Career Center their junior and senior years for half the day. Students who academically qualify may earn college credit in conjunction with high school credit through the College Credit Plus Program. Berkshire High School offers CP, Honors and AP classes. Please review the High School Course Selection guide for course offerings.

2017-2018 High School Course Selection Guide

 

Gifted

Berkshire Schools follows the guidelines set forth by the State of Ohio for identifying and serving students who have met the definition of a gifted student. Each year, students are identified through various grade-wide assessment tools, which include MAP tests and Cognitive Tests of Ability (CoGats) . MAP tests are administered three times during the school year to students in grades kindergarten through tenth (10th). CoGats are administered in the spring to all second (2nd) and fourth (4th) grade students.

Test results are reviewed by the Curriculum Director, School Psychologist and Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) to determine which students meet the State of Ohio’s definition of gifted. Once a student is identified as gifted they will retain this status until they graduate from high school. When a student is newly identified, the GIS will send a letter to parent(s) explaining the identification. A Written Education Plan (WEP) is created every year by the GIS, in conjunction with teachers and administrators, and will outline the services being provided for each gifted student.

The gifted program for elementary students, in grades 3-6, will be housed at Burton Elementary with a Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) as the teacher of record for the subject area of Language Arts. Students identified as gifted from Ledgemont Elementary will receive transportation to Burton Elementary for the gifted program.

"Gifted" means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.

Ohio Department of Education's Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students

 

ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL is an educational approach in which students/English Language Learners (ELL) whose native or home language is other than English, are instructed in the use of the English Language. Berkshire Local Schools welcomes the opportunity to educate all diversities within the community.

Ohio Department of Education - Teaching English Language Learners


Title 1

Title I is a Federal aid program through which Berkshire Local School District receives funding to provide supplemental instruction for students who qualify. The allocation of these funds for most Ohio school districts is based on a legislative formula dependent upon the distribution of low-income children and state per-pupil expenditures. Please note that Title I services are provided for ALL children who qualify in the district as needing assistance in language arts/reading or mathematics, regardless of income.

The Title I Program at Berkshire Local Schools is conducted during the school day throughout the school year and is dedicated to serving students in the elementary grades at Burton Elementary and Ledgemont Elementary. Students are selected for program participation based on teacher recommendation, parent input, performance on Standardized testing, and/or Title I math/reading testing. 

Title I services, which will focus on math and reading intervention, will be directed to students who have met the criteria guidelines. Students will be serviced by either: 1) limited pullout (where students are removed from classrooms for a limited period of time for a more one-on-one instruction; or 2) remain in their regular class and receive extra assistance and time.

Reading is the basis for school success! Parents are encouraged to be actively involved and to provide a strong foundation through encouragement and practice. Participation from parents helps improve their child’s academic achievements.

Note: In accordance with federal legislation’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) school districts receiving Title I federal funds are required to notify parents of their right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher. This includes degrees and certifications held and whether the teacher is certified in the area in which they are teaching. If you wish this information, please
contact your child’s building principal. 

Special Education

In accordance with the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004, the Berkshire Local School District is participating in Child Find efforts to locate, evaluate and identify all children with disabilities, from birth through 21 years of age, who may be entitled to receive special education and related aides and services, regardless of their situations.

A disability, in this instance, means such conditions as autism, deaf/blindness, multiple disabilities, deafness/hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, visual impairment/blindness, specific learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, cognitive disabilities, speech and language impairments, other health impairments or traumatic brain injury.

Although many school aged children with disabilities are identified and currently being served by the Berkshire Local School District, preschool children ages 3-5 with disabilities may not yet be identified because parents may not be aware that programs and services are available through the public school.

In addition and in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008, the Berkshire Local School District is participating in Child Find efforts to locate, evaluate and identify all students with a disability. In this instance, a student with a disability is a student who has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity and who may, because of the disability, need special education, related services or aids or accommodation/modifications.

If you know of a child within the Berkshire School District that has a disability and is not presently attending school or receiving services, please contact Dawn Fleming, Director of Special Education at (440)834-3380, ext. 2108 or Jeff Ferguson, School Psychologist at ext. 2109.

Ohio Department of Education - "Whose IDEA Is This" A Parent's Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)

 

For questions on Curriculum or any of the Student Services listed, please contact:
Dawn Fleming
Director of Special Education and Curriculum
(440) 834-3380 ext. 2108
dawn.fleming@berkshireschools.org