The newest school in the Lilburn area, Berkmar Middle School was built in 2004 to alleviate overcrowding at…More Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville. Both schools feed into Berkmar High School.
Berkmar Middle, which is located directly across Larenceville Highway (U.S. 29) from the Lilburn Post Office, was built on former farm land, and a blacksmith shop from that farm still stands on school property.
The school serves a culturally diverse area, with Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and Caucasians represented in its enrollment. Hispanics (46 percent) and African Americans (37 percent) make up most of the student body.
The school has 14 sixth-grade classrooms, 13 seventh-grade classrooms, 14 eight-grade classrooms, five special education classrooms, four computer labs and fitness room/gymnasiums for students and faculty.
Kenney Wells is the principal.
Berkmar Middle has earned the honor of being a Title I Distingished School of Excellence. It was a 2009 Governor's Silver Award winner for Greatest Gain in students meeting and/or exceeding state standards.
While the school did well overall in the 2009-10 Criterium-Reference Competency Tests (84 percent met or exceeded standards in math and 92 percent in reading/language arts), it did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the first time in four years, according to Georgia Department of Education statistics, due to low marks among the subgroup of students with disabilities.