Juvenile Center Annual Education Report

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2019-20 Annual Education Report (for 2018-19 School Year): Berrien County Juvenile Center

January 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2018-19 educational progress for the Berrien County Juvenile Center. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact your child's principal for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2018-19 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given. Our center-based program has not been given one of these labels.

It is important to understand that the achievements and milestones our center-based students make each year are much different than those goals of a typical K-12 school system.  Specific goals are set for Juvenile Center students during their Individualized Education Planning meeting, which is held annually.  Goals can include making eye contact, tying shoes, using utensils, learning how to wait in a line, understanding consequences or even managing their own behavior.  While simple for some, these types of goals represent an entire year’s worth of practice, patience and determination for others. These students (and their teachers) deserve our highest praise.

State law requires that we also report additional information:

  1. Process for assigning pupils to the school

  2. The status of the 3-5 year School Improvement Plan

  3. Brief description of each specialized school

  4. Identify how to access a copy of the Core Curriculum, a description of its implementation and explanation of the variances from the state’s model

  5. The aggregate student achievement results for any local competency tests or nationally normed achievement tests

  6. Identify the number and percent of students represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences.

  7. For high schools only also report on the following:

  • The number and percent of post-secondary enrollments (dual enrollment)
  • The number of college equivalent courses offered (AP/IB)
  • The number and percentage of students enrolled in college equivalent courses (AP/IB)
  • The number and percentage of students receiving a score leading to college credit

We are very proud of our students and look forward to achieving even more goals next year!


Kevin M. Ivers, Ph.D.

Please be reminded:

Subgroups being measured in this report typically have less than 10 students.  Should there be a variance in the number of  students counted in the groups from year to year, the change in proficiency will be reflected as a dramatic drop or increase; skewing the true proficiency of our students.  Additionally, because the subgroups are so small,  it is highly likely that attendance requirements will not be met.  For example, in a group of 10 students, if one student does not participate in a test, we do not have the required 95 percent participation. To gain a true picture of students success at a center-based program, individual student progress should be measured consistently throughout the school year.  Therefore, Berrien RESA does not feel that this report accurately reflects student progress.

Additional Required Information:


In cooperation with the Berrien County Family Court, the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency operates an educational program at the Juvenile Detention Center. The program provides educational services to students who may remain in the center from a few days to 14 months. Students at the Center range in age from 9 to 17 years old. Additionally, Berrien RESA provides educational services to those students 17 years of age or older who are incarcerated at the Berrien County Jail.

Placement Process:

Students are placed in the Juvenile Center through the sentencing of the Berrien County Juvenile Court.  

Status of the School Improvement Plan:

Currently, the Juvenile Center is in its last year of a three-year school improvement plan.  The annual School Improvement Plan update has been submitted to the Michigan Department of Education.

Berrien RESA administers a variety of assessments to help determine student needs and progress.  Students are assessed in grades one through eight with unit assessments from the curriculum and M-STEP/MI-Access assessments.  Students in 9th and 11th grade take the M-STEP and Michigan Merit Exam (which includes Work Keys and the ACT).

Core Curriculum:

The curricula implemented at the Juvenile Center are based on the State Content Grade Level Expectations.

For English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, the unit pre and post testing for the content area assist with implementation of the curricular material. The program at the Juvenile Center provides for the individual students’ special and unique needs.

Curriculum expectations and goals are included in each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), if the student has an IEP. Copies of the IEP are provided to parents.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Lighthouse Education Center conducts scheduled parent/teacher conferences for Juvenile Center students once a year.  Parent participation is encouraged with notifications sent out throughout the school year,  through parent newsletters and school calendar. 
Parent Teacher Conference Attendance
Year  Fall-Number Attending  Spring-Number Attending Fall-Percentage Attending Spring-Percentage Attending
 2018-2019  83 N/A 69% N/A
 2017-2018 14 N/A 40% N/A

Parent Involvement Plan

The Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Board of Education strongly encourages and welcomes the involvement of parent(s)/guardian(s) in all of the District’s educational programs that directly serve students.  The term parent refers to any caregiver/guardian who is responsible for the academic, social and emotional needs of a child.  It is recognized and appreciated that parents/guardians are the “first teachers” of their children, and that their interest and involvement in the education of their children should not diminish once their child enters the schools of the District.

Consistent with standards set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act and Sec.380.294 of the Michigan Revised School Code, the Board encourages parental involvement through:Regular and meaningful communication between home and school;

  • Promoting and supporting responsible parenting;
  • Ensuring that parents have an integral role in assisting student learning;
  • Encouraging parent participation as volunteers in schools;
  • Including parents as full partners in the decisions that affect their children and families; and
  • Fostering parent, school and community collaboration in order to enhance student learning, strengthen families and improve schools.

In accordance with state law, the Superintendent shall provide a copy of the District’s Parent Involvement Plan to all parents via the student handbook, at parent-teacher conferences, Individual Education Plan meetings and through parent groups.

Adopted: February 9, 2005

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/College Equivalent Courses 

For the past two years, no high school students participated in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment or College Equivalent Courses.

Contact Information

Principal: Erik Haskins
Tel: 269-429-2351
Fax: 269-428-0143
6414 Deans Hill Rd.
Berrien Center, MI 49102

Nondiscrimination Clause/Title IX

It is the policy of the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency not to discriminate in its policies and practices with respect to compensation, terms, or conditions of employment because of an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, political belief, genetic information, disability or handicap which does not impair an individual's ability to perform adequately in that individual's particular position or activity.

Lynda Hurlow
Executive Director of Human Resources
Berrien RESA 
711 St. Joseph Avenue
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

For procedural information, please review our NEOLA Board Policy No. 2260.

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