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!
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 The computer courses were basic and the library was outdated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 -
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.
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
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!
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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