Jay Berman is currently in his 15th year as a principal in the Fort Lee school system. Prior to coming to Fort Lee, Mr. Berman served for 34 years as an educator in the New York City School System. His many accomplishments in the New York City School System included being selected as High School Science Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and as Principal of John Dewey High School, he was one of 27 principals honored in the White House in the year 2000. During his tenure, John Dewey High School, a school of 3400 students, was selected as a National Showcase Site in the New American High School Progam. Mr. Berman and his staff reorganized a failing high school into small academy programs centered around career clusters. It became one of the pre-eminent programs in the country. As an assistant principal at Midwood High School, Mr. Berman created a Medical Science Research Program, which produced dozens of winners in the Westinghouse and Intel Science Searches. This program was the subject of a book written by New York Times Education Editor Joseph Berger, titled "The Young Scientists."
As Principal of Fort Lee High School, Mr. Berman created numerous programs that enhanced the educational opportunities of the students in the high school. These programs include, The Annual College Fair, New Jersey Teen PEP, Science Research Program, Academy of Finance Program, Academy of Performing Arts Program, Television Production Studio and International Baccalaureate Program. Under his leadership, the high school rose in state rankings to number 54 in the state, placing us in the top 10% of all New Jersey high Schools.
Mr. Berman also helped to develop the Fort Lee Early Childhood Center Program, which he directed for two years. This program is a state of the art pre-school program specializing in classes for special needs and autistic children. This program has now relocated to School #2.
Mr. Berman is happy to be serving in his current position as Principal of School #3, since September 2012. He is focusing on improving communication with parents, preparing students and teachers for the PAARC exams and Common Core Standards, upgrading technology and improving school safety and security. He is also proud of the new co-curricular programs that have started, which include after school clubs, Broadway musicals and the school newspaper.