Welcome to the Burkett Blue Angel’s web site. We are Jefferson Counti’s Multi-Handicapped Center. Burkett Center serves approximately 160students ages 3 through 21 years of age.
William E. Burkett Center was established in 1977 as Springdale Center.
In 1987, the program moved to a newly renovated building in Tarrant and was renamed for the past Superintendent, Dr. William E. Burkett. In 2012 The Burkett Center moved into the newly renovated former Mortimer Jordan High School in Morris Alabama.
At Burkett Center, our mission is to promote independence for all students through self-help, communication, and work skills. Burkett is a place where the smallest accomplishments of each student are celebrated and the unique beauty of each child is recognized.
Many areas of instruction and services are provided to the students at Burkett Center based on their Individual Educational Program (IEP). These services include:
Academics Pre-Vocational Instruction Self-Help Skills
Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy
Speech/Language Therapy Vision Therapy Adaptive P.E.
Mobility Training Community Based Instruction
Transition Services Agency Linkages Daily Living Skills
Students at Burkett Center experience many of the same activities in their classes as their non-disabled peers. Instruction is provided individually and in small group settings. Our students abilities are strengthened through participation in cognitive, communication, functional,
social, self-help, fine motor and gross motor activities each day. Our older students participate in many of the same type activities but they also participate in work/job skill training. Many students go out into neighboring communities for community based instruction in real life settings.
The Burkett Center Preschool Program consists of four Special Education classes with the purpose of providing special education and related services to students with disabilities. A limited number of slots are reserved for typically developing preschoolers in order for the special education students to be exposed to typical development. All classes use current accepted instructional practices to facilitate child development and school readiness.
I have been the Principal of the Burkett Center since June 2012. Please feel free to contact the school if the information you are looking for is not found here on our web site.
“ As a general rule, Educators teach more by what and who they are than by what they say”
Dan Roth, Principal