Burger School for Students with Autism is committed to maximizing the potential of each student to gain independence and self-fulfillment.
Through collaborative effort we work in partnership with students, parents, community and local school districts to assure that each student has the opportunity to become a happy, healthy, productive and contributing member of society.
Burger School began in 1973 as a program in a church basement with five students. Since that time it has grown to three schools educating more than 350 students. It has a staff of 195 teachers, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.
The Burger School program offers the most extensive support services of social workers, a school psychologist, nurses, and behavioral specialists
Classrooms range from preschool to post-secondary with a curriculum that helps students master skills in academics, language development, and socialization.
The Lyman Foundation provides program enrichments that benefit Burger students, families and the community. These include five annual student activities and other ongoing classroom projects. They also provide grants to the staff for enrichment of the curriculum.
The five annual student activities are:
Bowling Olympics - students bowl to the best of their ability. Every student receives a medal during the presentation and a pizza lunch.
Track and Field Day - students participate in a variety of Field Day events including 5M Dash, Rope-Pull, Scooter Races and a Hula-Hoop Toss. Each student earns a medal for participating. Healthy snacks and beverages are provided.
Spring Baseball Game - students participate in an annual baseball game. Each student participant earns a hat and a medal for participating.
Night Riders Basketball Team - this is an after-school basketball team managed and facilitated by Burger staff members. Parents attend practice to assist with students. Students work on learning/practicing basic basketball skills as well as social skills including team-work and cooperation. The season is capped off with a Student vs. Staff basketball game!
Burger Soccer Team - this is an after-school soccer team managed and facilitated by Burger staff members. Parents attend practice to assist with students. Students work on learning/practicing basic soccer skills as well as social skills including team-work and cooperation.
Other Lyman funded projects include:
School Assembly Programs
Die Cut Program
National Reading Month Program
Resource Room Funding