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Wiley H. Bates Middle School

Public | 6-8

 

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Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

There's arts integration in classes but I don't really like it in most of the core classes. Some of the seventh grade teachers aren't that great. Sixth grade teachers are okay. Most of the students suck but that's not the school's fault. But I don't always feel like I want to jump off a bridge so that's good. It starts too early but that's also not the school's fault. The assistant principal that I have isn't that great. The PVA program is also good but the after school things and the Saturdays suck. This is coming from an 8th student that has actually experienced this school. K bye.


Posted May 5, 2014

This is an amazing school! The teachers are dedicated to the students and the arts integration program is outstanding! Check out the school on Edutopia.org! The academic rigor is quite high! Both my daughters have been part of the PVA program there and it has been a wonderful experience for them both.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

The Arts Integration curriculum and dedicated staff have made Bates a model middle school for reaching a diverse group of kids and leading them to achieve great things. Discipline has become a non-issue as the school has rolled out this integrated approach. The Performing Arts Magnet has also brought in a high level of parent and community involvement that has made a tremendous difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

Bates is an amazing Arts Magnet School in the city of Annapolis, MD. My daughter's art discipline is viola and she has made All-county orchestra for the past two years thanks to the amazing teaching methods at Bates. Both the teachers and administrative staff are amazing. The school's teaching method is arts integrated in all classes, which the kids thrive on! The course work is rigorous, all upper level courses are offered there and the teaching is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

I'm a former student going to bates for my first year and is amazing they have so many clubs and programs plus my teachers are really nice and they help me alot if you go here please try out for pva it is the best part of bates it is for talented singers dancers artists. Writers and instrument players if your in Pva you have extra. Really fun courses on Tuesday Thursday bates is wonderful and I would encourage you to come


Posted February 7, 2009

We moved from Mont. Cty to AA Cty and were very concerned about putting our children in public school here. Our children are thriving. They are surrounded by diverse children (just like Montgomery County). Bates administration has a no nonsense approach to discipline that promptly handles any issues and keeps parents informed. They have a strong academic program, counselors are accessible and help you make the appropriate course placement for your child - my child is taking HS Algebra in 7th). Bates is incorporating an Arts Magnet program that my rising 6th grader will participate in the Fall. Bates is teaming with a sister school in Italy as well to share teaching ideas and strategies. More like a private school (including uniforms) for public school money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

This is a real good school. Now we even have smart boards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2007

Well every middle school you go to there will be hard times there but this school Bates middle is a great school. There are different diversities there and everyone comes together and helps everyone. I went to bates for one year only and it was the best year ever. My famliy would say you will never like that school but i did. I had so many nice teachers and the principle/assisntent principles are awsome i enjoyed being at Whiley H. Bates middle school with all the teachers and staff there. Bates gives you the knowlegde to learn and be smart without the pressure. Go to Bates and be amazed! Signed, Jayde Gibbon
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2007

Middles schools everywhere have issues, and Bates is not without their own. With such a diverse student body, there is bound to be lack of parent involvement in certain communities - but attend any musical performance or graduation ceremony and family and community support shines through. Discipline problems are a concern here and are a constant focus of the hard-working administration. The teachers at Bates are dedicated teams working together to create positive educational environments for all students. This year the county has implemented a mandotory school uniform policy for Bates, and I have personally witnessed what a welcome, classy change this has created on the school campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2006

Bates Middle School has outstanding advanced academic programs. It offers an above average college prep curriculum, for those students that qualify. There are many club activities available, although there is no interscholastic athletic program. The school has some student discipline issues, and some students feel the school allows a threatening environment. There is a high level of parent involvement for many students, but zero parent involvement for a large part of the student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

Bates is the fifth school that I have been to and it also has to be my favorite. The guidance counselors are great and you have the same one each year so they get to know you. The teachers are always willing to help and the principal is also really nice. This school also has good discipline and rewards you highly for being a good student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2005

I was a student there a few years ago (2000 and 2001..i think). Let me just say, dont let the numbers scare you, this school has taught many great life lessons, i value my time there greatly, it is dfeinately worth going to, if simply for the 'multicultural experience'. i cannot say how much i loved this place, GREAT teachers, guidance counselours and an AMAZING administration, if Mrs. Stevenson and Mr. Trotter are still there, you are indeed VERY fortunate...I respected their views as to discipline etc. and they had exceptional talent at befriending the students, espescially me. As you can see, this may not be your first choice, but at least give it a chance, Im glad my parents did, my experiences here will mold/have been molding my life since I've left and I will always cherish the real life experiences I had here. Don't be sheltered, go to Bates!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 26, 2004

has great guidance counselors. my favorite was ms.spinney. good learining levels.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 42%
Black 34% 35%
Hispanic 20% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

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School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

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  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
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701 Chase Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
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