The Bering Strait School District strives to offer the best education available for our students. Through a District-wide process we have developed and implemented a strategic plan which is guiding our district through plans and processes designed to increase student achievement. One of the major areas of this plan dealt with setting standards and benchmarks for our students to meet before they reached graduation.
Through this effort our District currently has standards and benchmarks in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The benchmarks focus on four levels: Level I encompasses grades Kindergarten through two; Level II is grades three through five; level III entails grades six through eight; Level IV covers grades nine through twelve. In order to determine if students have met the benchmarks we also have in place performance assessment tasks for each level of the benchmarks.
We have a comprehensive curriculum beginning in pre-school and continuing through grade twelve in thirteen of our sites and beginning with kindergarten and continuing through grade twelve in two of our schools. In our smaller schools it is a necessity for some of the teachers in the high school to teach in areas other than their major areas of study; however, our school board has made real strides in making sure that the core areas of Language Arts, Math and Science are priorities. The board has a policy that makes certain each high school has a certified language arts teacher and either a certified mathematics or a certified science teacher first, before other areas are considered.
We have recently raised our graduation requirements from twenty-one credits to twenty-two credits. This includes four credits in language arts, three in mathematics, three in science, and three in social studies. With this increase in graduation requirements and our implementation of the standards and benchmarks, the Bering Strait School District should continue to progress in its efforts to make students successful learners.
The Bering Strait School District is part of the Success For All comprehensive school reform program.
There are 9 components to the Success For All comprehensive school reform program:
* Reading and Writing Programs
* Eight-Week Assesment
* Early Learning (Preschool and Kindergarten)
* Cooperative Learning
* Family Support Team
* Staff Support Teams
* Professional Development
Bering Strait School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 15
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