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.
Arcado Elementary School, founded in 1981, is home to the 960 Astros, the school's nickname. A Parkview cluster…More school (students move on to Trickum Middle School, then to Parkview High School), Arcado opened to relieve enrollment pressure on Camp Creek, Knight and Lilburn elementary schools during a time of tremendous population growth in south Gwinnett County.
The school sits on 15 acres purchased from Willie and Mae Moon, a local farming family that insisted in their agreement with Gwinnett County that an old oak tree would be left undisturbed. The sprawling tree still stands on the north side of the school. The school was named after Arcado Road, which got its name from the combination of the last names of three prominent county commissioners: Weldon Archer, O.D. Cain and Paul Dover.
Arcado scores excellent on Annual Yearly Progress reports, meeting or exceeding all of the state's academic, testing and attendance standards, and scoring above system averages in Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) results in Reading, Mathematics, English/Language Arts and Science/Social Studies.
The school has a reputation for its recycling efforts. In 2007-08, the school recycled 21 tons of paper, the most in the school system.