Juvenile Center Annual Education Report


2022-23 Annual Education Report
(2021-22 School Year):
Berrien County Juvenile Center

January 13, 2023

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2021-22 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 2022-23 school year, schools were identified based on previous years' performance 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 in 2021-22. 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 in 2021-22. 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% in 2021-22. 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!

Eric's Signature

Eric Hoppstock

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:

Per the district's Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan, as adopted by the Berrien RESA Board of Education on September 14, 2020, and uploaded to the Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP) system, all district programs are in year three of their Educational Goals (formerly the School Improvement Plan).

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).


The curricula implemented at Juvenile Center are based on the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the Essential Elements.

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
2021-2022  N/A N/A N/A N/A
2020-2021 N/A 10 N/A 77%

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

Tina Lawson 

Director of Special Education 
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 3206

6414 Deans Hill Rd.
Berrien Center, MI 49102
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