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School leader Principal Cleo Moody
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District Detroit Public Schools
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19701 Wyoming St
Detroit, MI 48221

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4 stars
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May 26, 2014
The curriculum is wonderful which is what we attend school for. My expectations for my kindergartener have been surpassed tremendously, and as long as I continue to see the growth in my child he will remain a student at Bates Academy through 8 th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Teachers and staff are top notch and then parental involvement is the best in the city. The teacher commitment to the youths should be reconized state wide.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Bates is a excellent preparatory school. The accelerated curriculum is challenging and rigorous but we have found that if students and parents are 100% committed, it is doable and your child can successful. We make it our business to be an integral part in the learning process; letting the ,teachers know that we are there to support them.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
2013-14 School Year for Bates is off to a much better start. Jury is still out, though.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Bates is an awesome school. It has an accelaerated program and the kids excel within their program and beyond in life. It is one of the gems in the educational arena in Detroit.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
Bates Academy is an excellent school that has gotten better recently. We are recognized as a Reward School by the state, and have been listed as one of the top 20 schools in the city. Our teachers and administrators really care about the students. We have a very active parent group that works well with the administration. We have had our library made over by Target, a new gymnasium floor, upgraded technology (interactive boards in every classroom), and a new computer lab all this year. Our principal, Mr. Kirkland, has led all of these efforts over the past two years. I believe that great things are ahead for us. I am proud to be a student of three Bates students!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
im a former bates parent. the bates staff dont care and i dont want to send my child to an enviornment where they dont care about the students. my child is in their care until i can come pick my child up from school. i took my (3) kids out of bates and had them attend burton international academy. i'm proud to say thay that was the best desision that i made for my kids. there happy and love it there. they are all on the honor role and i couldnt be more happier. thank you Burton Staff esp. Dr. Wilson

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
I LOVE Bates Academy. I switched my two students from Detroit Merit Academy (eastside charter school) to Bates Academy (DPS) this past Fall 2011 and I am so very pleased with the difference. My first grader is learning rapidly, because the bar is very high. Her reading level jumped significantly. My 6th grader is no longer the top of his class, which is a great thing, because he's being challenged significantly. He has some classes with 7th and 8th graders who raise the bar by questioning his responses in class. The expectation is very high. The principal Mr. Kirkland is very busy, but extremely attentive and personable. Excellent extracurricular program, excellent music program, Bates raises a very high bar compared to the Charter school my children attended. And the teaching staff better reflects the student population. There is a good mix of races within the teaching an admin staff, which I cannot say for the other school which had a predominately caucasian staff with about 3 teachers of African American descent. I am very pleased with Bates and I have done a lot of research. Still the BEST.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
I am a current (and soon to be former) Bates parent. If Bates is supposed to be the best that DPS has to offer, then its best is not good enough for my children. The building is old and dilapidated and the administration is horrid and the office staff has not one ounce of professionalism. Any and all complaints fall on deaf ears--from the building level to the district level. I have sacrificed the education of my child for too long by sticking with Bates/DPS, but give the steady decrease/decline in test scores, I refuse to do it anymore! This school needs a complete overhaul--especially the administrative staff. There are some great teachers, but they need the support of their administration in order to truly enact change and impact the lives of their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
My son just finished his kindergarten year at Bates and is about to begin 1st grade there. He is doing good there. This year I want him to get involved in bible club and sports. I however am concerned that his Spanish class did not go too far beyond the Spanish he learns on Dora and Diego and that the children don't have gym or recess everyday and that they rarely painted in his art class. Also the school asks for so many school supplies and the supplies are specific. I'm on a budget! But, my biggest concern is the school has went through 3 principles in 3 years! I believe a principle can help to make or break a school and the fact that Bates can not seem to find the right person for the job concerns me. This year I want to be more involved at school so maybe I can help address some of the issues that concern me.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2011
My son has attended Bates since the Kind...had the Wonderful Mrs. Mihalski! She is tough and cares. She told me my child might not make it his first week, but I told her I will help my child....I did and he was one of her top students and in has been reading 3 grades above his level since he had her. Bates is not for parents who think the teacher should do it all. I helped my child all day with his work to help at home so he can achieve. Parents do us a favor and if you don't discipline and help your child...take them out due they interrupt the children who are being molded for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
I went to Bates since 7th grade I graduated class of 2011 I hate this school so much and I never want to tell anyone about it. The school isnt really isnt all that like how people brag. Though the students are kinda smart the teachers arent doing their job. The science teacher Ms.Finley makes mad because I felt like she gave out grades based on her realtionship with the student on a friendly basis. I did all of my work all the time and I still got a B in her class but people who have been there for 8 years got A's and they dont do anything but talk. Bates need to step their game up if they claim to be the best. The staff is really un professinal no activities just a horribe school.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2011
The new principal need to be given time to prove himself, this is his first year as actual principal. He is very straightforward and accessible and it is clear that he trly cares about his work and the kids. I think it is too early judge him. Bates challenges their children and more often than not as long as the parent truly team with the school and are involved with their child - the kids rise to the challenge. My only complaint is that they need a better facility. This is the cream of the crop and I feel that they deserve to be treates as such. I feel that with the very low budget and tough condition that these detroit public schools have to work with, this is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I have been at Bates for many years. This year has been the worst. The new principal is rude, unprofessional, and distrespectful. He has no clue on how to run the school. He has taken everything fun away from the students. I have observed disrespecting the teachers. I remember when he was the assistant principal and he was like this. People fought to get him back and now they are disappointed. He is really bringing the school down. I have a child in 3rd grade, 5th grade 7th grade. They will not be back next year if he is the principal.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2011
I went to this shcool from 3rd grade to 6th grade and after moving to an actual school I realized how horrible and wretch this one was. All of the adminastration were completely rude and had no regard for respect for students and parents. There were certain teachers who wouldn't even teach but talk on the phone to their friends all hour and gossip while demanding students to read sections in the book. After my mother constantly went to the school and complained, nothing at all was done. This school is all about who you know. It's horrible, and I would never send my child to this unorganized establishment.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2011
My first impression of Bates is not good. The office staff lacks professionalism and is not very friendly. I went to drop my son s application off and waited 5 minutes before being acknowledged. One secretary was on the phone and the other sitting at her desk. Finally, the principal walked in the office and offered to assist me. Everything just seemed very unorganized. The telephone etiquette was also terrible. When I called to ask basic questions, the person spoke improper English and was not pleasant. Bates really needs to address this issue. The administrative staff is your front line and represents the school. I am really having second thoughts about sending my child to a school where administration does not speak proper English. Several other people had the same experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2010
Wow, there is a culture at Bates....some of the comments indicate that adapting is somewhat of an issue for either the parents or the children. Have any of the parents taken the time to review the Meap test scores. Certainly test scores are not the only criteria for making the grade, but the scores speak to the dedication of teachers and the school to keep out children in the main stream for competing in academics. To get an understanding of what's required, I help check papers. I see first hand and realize childern that are new to Bates don't have the same foundation for writing, reading and math, unless they come to Bates by 1st grade. I suggest that any parent having a problem have a conversation with the teachers, and I'm sure you will get the assistance you need. Finally, weekly progress reports are available to re-direct any problems you may have. I check my daughter's back pack daily, homework before it is due, and have her take any opportunity to make-up missed assignments. TDB, parent of a 3rd grader.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
This is my daughters first year at Bates and I regret even sending her there. The the principal could care less how your child is treated and feels it is ok. My daughter will never attend DPS again and I would never recommend this school to anyone because children should be respected as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
Beware! First timers at Bates. I asked the staff what is expected of 1st graders for fall 2010, they said to pass the test. He did. My son can read but not profiently. He gets A's except when he has to read the instructions himself for phonics. Mrs. Michalski (his great teacher) told me 1st graders are expected to read independently. I told her no one told me. Now my son has to be moved to a regular 1st grade school in the middle of the school year or fail. The regional superint. Dr. Colbert said nothing will be done except she'll get him into another school. My son has to suffer starting over at a new school because of adminst. incompetence. Make sure your child can read everything themselves before attending this school. No more Detr. public schools after this year for my son. Now he'll gets A's in everything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
The teachers and school administration really care about the well-being of my child. They provide means for me to communicate with them after hours and are constantly trying to find ways to improve upon the communication system. The parent participation is awesome too!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
Bates is also big on Grammer. They allow the children to use spell check as well before submitting assignments.

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2010
It saddens me to write this review. I currently have a 6th grader attending this school since kindergarten. The school needs a complete makeover from the administration to the teachers and also to the parental involvement. Since my child has been going here, the quality of education has been going downhill. This is no longer a gifted and talented school. The children rarely are challenged and there are few teachers who even give a damn about the kids. There are still some gems of teachers there but most are over worked and stressed from the administration which has a negative impact on the staff. I pray that the new principal can shake it up and make some profound changes. Dr. Pope was an assistant principal but now is the Man. who can hopefully make a large impact on the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
I agree that with 'gifted and talented' in the name, more is to be expected, not only of parents, but the school and the district as well. I'm very active, and most Bates parents that I know expect high quality. They also deliver it! Currently, the school is operating under sub-standard conditions, and for that parents have a right to voice their opinions. The school lacks sufficient coverage in the cafeteria, on the playground, and in classrooms. Fights are common, and so is theft among students. You can smell the stinch of the restrooms from a distance, and they're rarely clean. Bates parents, I say keep up the good work, but by all means continue to voice your opinions so that prospective Bates parents won't come in oblivious to the issues!!!! Sometimes your voice can bring on change.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I love Bates Academy! I've been reading reviews about bates academy and I am shocked. Yes, the children have lots of homework, but, as a parent you should help them. You should be proud and willing to help them to excel. It is not the teachers responsibility to be the only teacher. When you decided to have children, you accepted that task. Parents, it is your duty to assist you children in excellence! There are so many schools out here that don't send the children home with homework and don't care. When your child gets homework regularly and you assist, you can better understand how to help your child. You also get to learn there weaknesses and further assist in those areas. Come on parents, this school is great and if you don't think so, why are your children there? Some of us parents appreciate Bates Academy and you should too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Bates Academy challenges the students and prepares them for the next step which is High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
It is time for the district to either bring the school back up to it's original standard or remove the 'gifted and talented' label. The first step needs to be a new administration. Structure left with the previous principal who retired less than 2 years ago. Teachers who were once very enthusiastic are now stressed out and overwhelmed. They lack the basic resources needed to meet a 'gifted and talented' curriculum. Students will literally run you over in the hallways because of all of the horseplay. There is no control now.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
It is my last year at Bates after being here since the first grade.I must say Bates' Alumni and the current students have and are well prepaired and are doing exuberantly well in a lot of fields.However, it isnt what it used to be.Many of the very notable teachers have retiered , the kids can be quite unruly,and the administration makes some very unorganized decisions.Another thing that is quite annoying is that for us to be one of the highest noted schools out there we have a lack of supplies and some programs that would really accsentuate the enviorment.I would say this school is very good in a sense that its better than a lot of DPS schools ;although , it needs a tremendous amout of work and effort from some of the students , staff , and the DPS school district. I would reccomend this school after doing more reaserch.

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2010
Bates Academy is by no means what it used to be. I've had two children to attend Bates from kindergarten through eighth grade. Even then I didn't feel that Bates was perfect, but they left Bates amply prepared for the next level. I currently have a child in sixth grade at Bates an I wonder daily if he will remain through his eighth grade year. The new administration seems to be taking the school in a much different (& less preferred) direction. There is less structure, less discipline and more of the 'kids rule' atmosphere. It seems that the really good teachers from years past are being worn down by this atmosphere; they seem to be giving up and giving in. It is truly a travesty and a shame for this once glowing example of an EXCELLENT DPS school has sunk to its current depths.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
I think Bates Academy is a great school. Unfortunately it is riddled with the financial challenges of DPS. The principal is doing a great job holding it together. I think it's tough because no matter what you put in, you are battling the administration. I know many parents and teachers are concerned with Robert Bobb, the financial manager....But we've had the school district for years and have failed our children. I think all schools in the district could learn from Bates philosophy, treat all children in the district as if they are advanced from day one.....because they are.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
A lot of supportive parents are pulling their children and taking them elsewhere. My son fnished the 8th grade there 3 years ago. I have a daughter there now, and I also see a drastic difference under the new leadership. Discipline is not as firm as it used to be. Children are often insufficiently supervised, especially during social situations, i.e. lunch and playground. Administration is often unavailable when needed. I will be among those fleeing families next school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
I agree that it is not as up to par as it was under the previous administration. The teachers are not as enthusiastic as they once were. The environment is not as controlled as it used to be. There is a need for stronger organization. This will be my last year. My children will be going to private school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
Not at all what it used to be. Great teachers are leaving left and right, and so are wonderful families. Not very well organized. New administration has taken the school in a different direction.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2009
This is an extremely great school. I've been going there since Kindergarten and I'm in the 7th grade now. Truly, a great school. The education is great! Also, your child's personality will grow after she meets some of the people and get comfortable with this school! Enroll your child now!

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
i love bates this school pushes my child to do her best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Bates is one of few high performing schools in the Detroit area. This school manages to do a lot with very little. The parent support base is excellent. Bates Academy consistently scores 10 out of 10 on greatschools.org and prepares our children to go on to the best High Schools and Colleges. Bates children want to excel and are challenged to do so. Bates children are proud to say I go to Bates Academy!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
i think that bates academy is a very good school.....my child has been going there for 5 years...

- submitted by a student
no rating August 29, 2009
This is my childs 2nd yr at Bates and overall I'm pleased. My daughter has never went to a DPS school and despite the rumors Im happy to say she is being very challenged at Bates.

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August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2009
I think that for the money, this is the best deal going in Detroit city proper for edcuation. My son (in his first year) was shocked at the beginning of the year at the pace of the classses because he essentially skipped a grade in coursework, but he quickly adapted. Yes it is DPS, so it has limited resources and not as much individual attention as one would like, but I think that this was a great experience for my son to enter Middle school. My daughter is also a first year student and she caught on pretty fast. Both overall enjoyed their experiences at Bates and we look forward to next year!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
I have been a parent at Bates Academy for the last 7 years with 3 children attending. I was also a student at Bates Academy. This school is by far the best elementary/middle school in Detroit and ranks top in the state. Not only are the students exposed to challenging academics but always a wide variety of extracurricular programs. The parents involvement at Bates is phenomenal. I would recommend Bates to anyone looking for a quality public education for their child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2009
I have attended Bates Academy since the 3rd grade and i will b graduating soon this year. 09'! During my years at Bates Academy i have learned sooo much. I don t think i would have gained as much information from any other school. A downside of Bates Academy is the drama that the students are involved in but this wouldn't be a problem if students really would attempt to stay away from confrontation. When i first go to bates my friends and i were always in drama, but as the years progressed we matured and became a family, moreover drama didn't erupt as much. However i do have to admit that some students tend to be conceited but what teenager isn't. Almost everyone believes that they are superior of someone else; and if thats what we are taught to think then thats what we will think.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2009
i am a 2009 graduating student from bates and it is a good school i have been there since 5th grade and yes people do think that they are better but i mean thats how your suppose to feel you are suppose to have confidence and sometime we are better than different people because we are smart and we are all cavalier types of people.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2009
This my first year at Bates academy and I have to say this is the worst school i've ever been to. The kids here at Bates are rude and think they are superior to others. I have had the best education here though but they environment here is just hectic.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 28, 2009
As a middle school sudent at Bates Academy I was treated horribly. The students who have been there from kindergarten to eighth grade have spent nine years of their life being filled with the idea that they are better than everyone else. Intellectually that may be true but when you come in contact with a Bates academy student they have this pathetic attutitde of being superior to other. I have received the best eucation there but the school enviornment was sickening the on some days I did not want to return. The girls at the school were especially horrible. Some students attending there are better off than others, economically, but if these students are as great as the city cracks them up to be then maybe there should be a class offered for manners: Being humble curteous and accepting. Students tolerance for other are at an all time.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2009
I have discovered that all the students are not talented and gifted at Bates Academy. Many have gotten in, in spite of test scores, because of who their parents know, or who their parents are. The class sizes are enormous for a gifted and talented school. Being gifted and talented is an exceptionality, much like being learning disabled. There are few people who fall into these categories. Therefore, the fact that the classes at Bates are bursting at the seams makes little sense. Although I agree that students must learn discipline in order to be successful, the homework is actually a form of homeschooling. Homework is supposed to reinforce what was learned in school. If the parents have to spend hours teaching the child in order for him to understand the homework, it wasn't properly taught in school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
Bates is a good school however, it does not allow the Gifted children to explore their creative side. The school need more extracurriculer activities.

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March 26, 2009
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March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 01, 2009
I have three children at Bates. Overall, Bates is a good school. However, I have been disappointed in the new administration. The principal and the Asst. Principal are not out and about and making themselves visual. The school sign has been laying on the ground since the beginning of the year. It has been reported several times and with the weather opening up, will become a hazard (children playing on the sign).

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2009
I am an 8th grade student at Bates Academy and have been there since kindergarten. Yes, it is for gifted and talented students, and can be a challenge for some, but that is what makes it a great school. The teachers do there best to help you in any way they can and I am proud to say that I will be graduating from a school such as Bates Academy.

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February 02, 2009
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February 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
Bates is an excellen school. It is a school for gifted childred. My daughter has atteneded Bates k-2 and has excelled well. She reads on a 4th grade reading levle. Bates challenges her mind. This school is not for everyone though. If you child is not advanced or you don't have time for homework, it will not be and enjoyable experience for your child. They don't offer a lot of sport programs, but they offer thing that challenge your mind. My daughter goes to the chess club. I don't think that sports are really necessary for a child to excell, they can play at home. I give bates 5 stars. The teachers are wonderful!!

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January 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 17, 2009
This is a great school. It is better than I expected even though this is my first year. So far I like the fact that we really get treated like middle schoolers and more things to do around the school. The academic levels are great and so is being able to make new friends quick.

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November 19, 2008
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August 13, 2008
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June 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2008
this is the best school i've ever been to. out of the 4 years i have attended this fine school i've never had any problems there. all the teachers are excellent and highly sophisticated. i'm a sixth grader and all 8 of my teachers are respectful and highly sophisticated.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 07, 2008
I will agree that Bates is a great school for academics. However, I also think the work load for home is too much for elementary children and there is not a balance. The parents and some of the teachers make it a great place to learn. The principal on the otherhand she is rude and lacks tact. If there is one thing I would suggest they change it would be the principal she is not a good leader for the school. I encourage you to stop by the office and talk with her and form your own opinion, that is if she has the time.

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March 13, 2008
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February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2007
I am a parent with two children in Bates -I can not say enough great things about this school and the wonderful teacher -parent -student relationship. It is such a shame that all schools within DPS could not function like Bates. I know my children not only excel in academics advanced but also socially well rounded. I thank God for Bates Academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
In accordance with what another parent said, subsequently, Bates is a good school, academically; but it does not provide a well balanced education. Art is an elective, only at middle school level, if you happen to get it. There are no performing arts, no school plays, no talent shows. Children are not introduced to any musical instruments unless they select band or orchestra as an elective at middle school level, and only if they get it. The school focuses on the academically 'gifted' part of its name- but what happened to the nurturing and enhancement of 'talented'? The children excel academically, but through stress, ridiculous amounts of homework, and a lot of parent involvement and 'homeschooling' to aid with homework comprehension. Bates is a good program if you look at the academic outcomes of the children, but I prefer a more balanced program where my children love learning, while excelling.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
Bates is a school for children who are academically gifted. My child is not good in sports or music, so it took away the pressure to perform in this way. Children have a lot of homework. You must be willing to push your child academically and teach them independence. I wish the school offered tutoring. Sometimes a child just needs a little help and working parents can sometimes be short on patience when it comes to helping with homework. There is no extracurricular activities for lower elementary students. Bates is moving to a new location that is larger. I hope they will take this opportunity to put in place some programs like art for the lower elementary students. Overall Bates provided what my child needed when it comes to an academically gifted program. I understand that the other activities are extras.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
My son attended Bates from kindergarten until the third grade. We decided to take him out this year as he enters the fourth grade and put him in a private school. Bates is wonderful school, but it lacks an overall balanced education. Yes, they stress academics, but there is more to school than academics. A child must be nurtured and given the opportunity to play and be creative. Recess and fun is a premium at Bates. The amount of homework is ridiculous. (2 hours a night easily) There are few extracurricular activities. When my son first entered the school, I was told as a parent if I was in school as well, that I might as well quit because my time would be spent helping my child. (We both remained on the honor roll.) In addition, you find yourself teaching your child how to do the homework.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
My desire to have my child attend Bates was based on many recommendations throughout the district. My child possessed a 4.0 upon entering Bates in 4th grade. Based on both our involvement he moved to 5th grade with a 3.8 gpa. Bates is academically stressful to those not starting at entry level (K) and progressively moving forward with each grade level, those students become accustom to the rigorous demands placed on them. However, for a child entering at any other grade level, it is truly an adjustment. I personally think that learning should be an enjoyable and fun experience. Invoking interest and a desire to see and understand more. When you take away those elements of learning you chance losing the child as well as losing the child's desire to learn!

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July 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 06, 2007
I love my school and couldnt imagine a better school than bates!

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July 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 25, 2007
I feel that Bates is an excellent school. My daughter have attended Bates for four years now. All I have received is excellent they encourage my daughter to grow academically and socially.She has intensive homework but it keeps her challenged to do her best and keeps them out off the Phone. She enjoys her extracurricular classes and this gives them a since of balance. The teachers are great and are willing to work with them.I agree Bates is not for everyone that is not willing to be challenged and they are going to need parental support to attend this kind of program.With great organized study habits and parental support they can succeed in this accelerated program for the gifted and talented. Which will prepare them not only for high school but also,college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2007
Bates students work at a grade level above their own, so they are advanced in all of their work. So, they're well prepared for standardized tests and high school. Students from Bates have gone on to be some of the most successful in the city in college and professional careers afterwards. The school is not for everyone, so parents should be sure that they are able to be actively involved in their child's educational experience before sending them to Bates. The school is moving to a new building in Fall 2007, which should alleviate some of the crowding and allow for more extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
Bates is not a school for gifted and talented children. It is a school for kids who want to work their little fingers to the bone and do absolutely nothing else. The program is not well rounded at all. The homework load is excessive, at best. I took my daughter out and put her in another school district altogether. The students, even the very young kids, rarely got recess, or music or art and their was no foreign language available in K 2nd grades. They teach those kids to score well on the MEAP at the expense of the child. It was simply a very disappointing experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
I have two children who attend Bates Academy and have been disappointed from the first week there, they have now been there for three years, thankfully this is our last. The classrooms are overcrowded, the children are rude and disrespectful, and the teachers are out of control. I am so happy to be leaving this place, and yeah they get excellent MEAP scores, they only have honor roll students, so good scores really are not a true measure.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
Bates has been a terrible experience! Every year my child has attended there has been a teacher to tear down many of the children's self-esteem. The principal overlooks their negative impact on the students. If you have a truly gifted and bright child, do not send them to this school unless you want them to become disengaged. If you want a neighborhood teacher, send them to Bates.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
Bates Academy is an all around academic school. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain at the school. This really doesn't come until 3rd grade, when the students actually get letter grades. My daughter unfortunately was released from Bates, b/c of her GPA. It wasn't b/c she didn't understand the work, but because of many missing assignments. Students have a average of 2-3 hrs of homework every night. As a working single mother, who travels for work approx. 40%, this did not work well for us, since I was not physically able to stay on top of her, and check her homework. Her MEAP scores 'exceeded the standard', and when she did do her homework, she received 90%+. I guess I'll have her go to a school that's a little lenient on homework. The world doesn't end without Bates. However, I do recommend Bates to others.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2006
Our daughter has attended Bates since Kindergarten and is currently in the fifth grade. We plan to have her continue her education at Bates through the eighth grade. The foundation for higher learning is set early on. The first few years prepare the student for what the school expects academically and socially. The third grade tends to be the most challenging however, with organized study habits and parental support the student can succeed in this accelerated program. The students have a variety of electives to select from including music, orchestra, journalism, Spanish and gym to name a few. My husband and I enjoy being chaperones for a variety of exciting field trips each year. It is always nice to see how beautifully the children have grown when we celebrate the end of each school year with a promotion ceremony. Although the building needs minor repairs, the teachers are the best!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
My child graduated from Bates a couple of years ago and was very dissatisfied from the atmosphere and learning experience. My opinion in terms of the environment, class size, and cleanliness of the school was poor. My child would often have over 30 students in the classroom. The restroom would be filthy and lacking any supplies. The students were lacking discipline and the overall management. The science program, as with all inner city schools, was severely lacking in experiments and field trips. The computer courses were basic and the library was outdated.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
I don't know how we made it. My son's first year at Bates(3rd grade), was extremely challenging. For him it was on average 2 hours of homework nightly plus weekends. For me it was 2 hours of homework nightly plus weekends. At least 1/3 of this time was spent crying about how unfair life is(both of us). We made it. My son learned a lot and I did too. The MEAP scores were exceptional! You must be an involved parent or this is not the school for you. P.S. The parents also get sent to the Principals Office for not doing what they're supposed to do.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
I just graduated from Bates Academy in 2006. I attended the school for 6 years. I have been through the up and the downs at Bates Academy and now that i am gone i know it was definitley worth it. Bates has some of the BEST Math, Science, and English teachers in the city and in my eyes in the entire United States of America. The work at Bates may seem hard at first but it is a key part of becoming prepared for the future. Now that i am in High School I definitley wish i was still at Bates; however, Bates prepared me for the obstacles that i have met in High School. Thanks to Bates Academy I have become the Best student i could possibly be. For those trying to get into Bates it is 100% worth. For those at Bates keep working hard,it will pay off.

- submitted by a former student
April 07, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2005
Hi bates academy was a great school. It is the number one school in detroit. It was the goodest school I ever been I am in the 6th grade and if you are planning to enroll in bates academy i prefer to do it. You will get lot of homework but can lead to you to a better life.

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2005
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July 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 04, 2005
As a parent Bates have been challenging, but the outcome for my daughter has been awesome. We as parents can complain all we like, but the bottom line is do we want our children prepared yes or no or do we want to send our children to Country Day, or Cranbrook for the same education and pay 13,000.00 and up.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
My enrolled in Bates for the third grade. The teacher he has gives numerous homework assignments. I am told that she's given the most of any teacher in the school. The homework is so extensive that it has to be stretched over the weekend just so he isn't overwhelmed on a nightly basis during the week. Although giving lots can have its benefits, it also has its detriments. My son is so inundated that he is not learning the materials. He is only doing the work by rote to have it done in order to avoid having any missing assignments on his progress report. The school and its staff should not take pride in the amount of homework given, but instead they should take pride in the amount of comprehension attained. The other problem is student discipline. The kids there do a lot of bullying of smaller kids like my son.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
My little brother attends this school. It is obvious that this is a good school. They teach at an accellerated level and i am proud to say that he is handling it. However, i think the teachers fail to realize that these are still children. They may be smarter than the average child, but they are still young. What i dislike most about this school is that the teachers leave too much of the 'teaching' up to the child. They give them a text book to learn from and say 'bye' and leave them to learn it on their own. This is a useful strategy for college preparation, but a solid foundation needs to be laid down for the child. He needs to be taught the fundamentals, in a way that will stick forever. so i think they definately need to work on their teaching strategy some more.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2004
Our son has attended Bates since kindergarten. He is cuurently in the third grade. Each quarter gets progressively more challenging. The key to your child's success is to be an involved participant. We feel the school 'gets it done right'. The teachers and administration are concerned and motivated. At a time when system resources are diminishing and so many parents and teachers don't care....Well Bates is a shining example of excellence!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2004
I am a product of Bates Academy. I graduated in 1995 after completing the 3rd-8th grades there. Bates is a wonderful opportunity for children to become accustomed to hard work. I would encourage any parent who is striving for their child to attend college to begin with a Bates education. Education only gets harder - it is of great benefit to start your children early. I will never forget what I learned at Bates with its wonderful teachers and administrators. Bates helped to shape me into who I am - for that I am very grateful. Ambyr Godboldo-Brooks University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, BS MVS '03 Masters Candidate Southern Illinois University -Edwardsville '06

- submitted by a former student
October 13, 2004
My grandson started Bates approximately 3 weeks after the semester started. There was a concern about him behind. My daughter asked about getting him a tutor, she was told a decision would be made later and that only 4 students from each class would be selected. The selection was made. She found out today that the selection is based on whether or not a student can afford to pay for their lunch. Not on whether or not they need help. Gloria Turner -

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Bates has a real challenging program. The successful outcome for the students is sometimes at the cost of a stressful education. The students; however, perform superior on standardized assessments.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
My daughter attends Bates as a kindergarten student. Bates will challenge your child to the fullest. This is a dynamic school and the teachers are awsome! Thank You, Joanna Williams

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
I am very pleased with this school. My son needed to be academically and socially challenged. Bates has a highly structured program that encourages students to 'think'. In the beginning, I thought my son had too much homework, but to my surprise, he yearned for more. He still enjoys Game Cube, Game Boys and basketball. But, I am pleased that Bates has encouraged him to enjoy and expect the best in academic achievements. Just think ... he is only in 2nd grade!

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September 30, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I am very pleased with the teachers and their teaching techniques. The children are really driven to excel and work hard, they are working at one grade level ahead. They are given homework daily,and other projects during the year. I feel my daughter is safe while she is in school.

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Bates Academy
19701 Wyoming St, Detroit, MI  48221
(313) 494-7000
Last modified Bates Academy is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bates Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 99 reviews.