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Berlin Intermediate School

Berlin Intermediate School (BIS), located in Berlin, Maryland, accommodates students from farms, small towns, and the large summer resort of Ocean City. Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students are members of academic teams: Hammerheads, Leopard Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Macos, Marlins, Sailfish and Terrapins. As a result of our environmental initiatives, our school has been recognized by the Governor as a model Maryland Green School. BIS received the top award for Energy Efficiency in the county in 2013 through 2015. BIS, an Arts Immersion School, has been recognized as a Kennedy Center National School of Excellence in Arts Education. Over 30 after school clubs are offered to all students. An After School Academy provides academic and arts programs for our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. The students in our performing arts programs present musicals at least two times a year. Our school motto is "Believe, Imagine, Succeed."

School Profile

Mission Statement

The mission of Worcester County Northern Schools, a diverse and growing community, is to provide a rigorous, sequential, and balanced curriculum for all students to become responsible life-long learners. This will be accomplished through instructional excellence in partnership with family and community in a safe, caring, and well-maintained environment. We will recognize the uniqueness of each student's role as a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.

School Highlights and Awards

Lisa Adams received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award; April Anft received the Worcester Green Award; Sallie Gaddis received the Worcester County Drug & Alcohol Abuse Council Prevention Award; Pam Lipka is a Master Teacher and recertified as a National Board Teacher; Arts Immersion School since 2004, Mid-Atlantic Gold Leaf Award, 2012 Reaccreditation for Growth, Pam Massey served as a Maryland State Master Teacher at the Educators Effectiveness Academy, PBIS Gold School Recognition 2010 through 2015, Maryland Governor's Model Green School 2010-2015, 10-year Award Winner of Maryland State PLANT Award, Rhonda Walsh named a Maryland State Service Learning Fellow, PDS Partnership with Salisbury University, Three National Board Certified Teachers, Educator Effectiveness Teams sent to Salisbury University for Educator Effectiveness Conference, 2014 MSA Reading scores for grades 4, 5 and 6 were 88.5, 75.6, 91.5 respectively, 4H Partnership with After School Academy.

Special Programs

Performing Arts Productions, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade After School Academy, Over 30 After School Academies, It's All About Attitude Character Education Program, PBIS Positive Incentive Program, Passport to Learning/Soup Bowl Project, Band and String Performances, Choral Performances.

Arts Immersion School

Learning is enhanced when the arts are infused into curriculum in ways that are natural and relevant.

After School Programs

The BIS and Beyond After School Academy is offered to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders immediately following the regular school day. Approximately 30 academies are available during each of the three 8-week sessions. The participation rate is approximately 40% of the school population.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

Volunteer Program, PTA, Mentoring Program, and SIAC


Mr. Thomas Sites
Assistant Principals
Mrs. Jennifer Garton and Extended School Administrator Mrs. Sharon Smith
Guidance Counselors
Mrs. Michelle Bankert and Mr. Aaron Call
309 Franklin Ave.

Berlin, MD 21811

Grade 4 through Grade 6
School Day
Begins at 7:55 AM; Ends at 2:27 PM
742 students
62 Teachers, 15 Educational Assistants, 5 Food Services, 2 Nurses, 3 Secretaries, 7 Custodians, 1 Tech Coach
School Built
Total Size
Portable Classrooms
18 acres
Teacher to Student Ratio