Bates is great! New administration with a hard working staff. The discipline/behavior of the students is wonderful.Very hard working teachers and students!
My son has been at Bates Middle School for 6th and 7th grade and we are now entering 8th grade. With this experience I think overall the academic teaching capabilities of the teachers is unsatisfactory. The class size at this school us too larger to reach individual students and the teachers don't seem to care to make contact with students anyway. I'm not sure what the exact problem is at this school, but everyone should stay away from BMS if at all possible. You will be disappointed if you send your child here!
I have taught in elementary and middle schools during my career as a teacher and the leadership at this school is by far the least effective I have ever worked under. There are few if any classroom visits by the principal or assistants, the students are undisciplined and wild at times due to that same lack of visibility by administration, there is someone on the administrative staff making educational decisions that doesn't even have a degree in education, we are pulled every which way by Making Middle Grades Work, the IB Middle Years Program, single gender homerooms, district consolidation, staffing cuts, no supplies or money, budget cuts and big classes, and on and on and still expected to provide effective instruction. Due to these and more teacher morale in is the sewer. What else needs to be said.
I love Bates because most of the children are awesome. They want to learn but are sometimes side-tracked and distracted by the ones that could not care less about an education. We recently were accredited to be an MYP school , which will be a plus for the students giving them the international awareness they will need to succeed in future years and clean up tghe mess we have made.
As a teaher at Bates Middle School, there are a few things I feel must be addressed. Academically, Bates offers an outstanding educational opportunity for each student. We, as teachers, are very involved with our students' progress in the curriculum. Our problems lie within our leadership. Our principal is not supportive of staff and barely has any kind of relationship with the students. She does not speak to faculty or students and she is rather aloof. Of course, that characteristic is not something you should see in a middle school principal. Our problem lies even deeper though. Many teachers have been to the district office in order to notify the superintendant and director of human resources about the poor conduct of the leadership and poor school atmosphere. Nothing has ever happened. How can we as educators address the concerns from parents when we, ourselves have no support?
I read the review from February 21 and wanted to add my own one. I went to see my daughter at lunch last month and when I went in the cafeteria I was shocked at the behavior and noise. The students were out of control and the principal and an assistant were sitting there watching like nothing was going on and not doing anything to stop it. Children were up and running around everywhere in the cafeteria. I did not think this was acceptable behavior but my child said it is like that every day.
My son attended Bates for about two months before we removed him. If you want to know what's going on, have lunch with your student and walk the halls. They have lots of rules that are not enforced in any way. There are teachers who try very hard, but you can tell they are discouraged. There are also teachers who don't try at all. In my opinion, the discipline situation is out of control.
Great teachers, bad administration! The teachers try hard but Bates has gone far downhill over the past two years. My daughter was an 8th grader this past year and I was very disappointed at the direction the school is taking. Dr. Lancaster, the principal, is not involved in the school like the previous one was. My daughter says she never speaks to students and never comes in classrooms to see what is going on. Some kids don't even know who she is. The students say she acts like she is better than everyone else there and talks down to people. The teachers tell the classes that money is short and so they can't make copies of worksheets and the like but the office areas have new furniture and carpets. Something is wrong there and I am glad that my daughter is going to the high school next year.
This is my 3rd year at Bates and i absoultey love it. theres always someone who you can get along with no mater what. and the teachers are absoultey awesome. we also have a IB program. meaning some kids take spanish! im happy to say that last year the class i had was the first one at Bates. i love this school
This is my 2nd year at Bates and i absoultey love it. theres always someone who you can get along with no mater what. and the teachers are absoultey awesome. we also have a IB program. meaning some kids take spanish! im happy to say that last year the class i had was the first one at Bates. i love this school. Go Bantamms!
I'm a former student of Bates Middle School. I graduated last year thanks to the help and attention I received from the faculty and staff. If it weren't for them, I might not have graduated. The principal, Mr. Graham, was always there to help me when I needed it. He kept me out of trouble, he allowed me to stay after school when needed, and best of all, he treated me as a friend. If your looking to have fun and learn at the same time, you should probably try Bates. I highly recommend it.
My daughter has enjoyed her years at Bates Middle School. I have seen her challenged and encouraged. She has been able to participate in clubs and has grown as a person. I appreciate all the work and effort her teachers have given toward her education and am very thankful for the safe and well run school Mr Graham keeps.
My son attended Bates Middle School several years ago. He is an average student and we were quite worried about him. The personal attention and encouragement of the teachers were outstanding. It was important to me that my son have skills to cope with the mundane, necessary tasks of everyday life. The Life Skills teacher was extremely supportive and gave us helpful suggestions. I am grateful that my son is about to graduate from high school and actually chose his vocation through the interview and special guests that come to the vocational mock interviews.
I have a daughter going into the 8th grade at this school. The principal (Mr. Graham) has always been very accommodating to my requests. The band is excellent and has been the best experience for my daughter. The biggest problem is the behavior of the students. (the way they dress, their use of profane language in front of parents, the fact that they just don't care about getting an education.) I don't always feel completely comfortable leaving my daughter, but they have to make it in the world at some point.
The best school year my son has ever had was when BMS won the Blue Ribbon for excellence. Never seen a school operate so orderly as when Dr. Hunter was principal. Teachers would call if they detected a problem with your childs academics. At the same time, if you called as a parent it only took 'one' call and issues did not turn into problems. The following year with a new principal the school made a complete turnaround for the worse. The school literally went from one extreme to the next. All the excellent teachers quickly bailed out and disipline issues were horrible. This school district made a terrible mistake by not retaining Dr. Hunter at this school.
I am very happy with Bates Middle School. The principal, Mr. Anthony Graham is one of the very best. The faculty and staff are very professional. My daugther, Jasmine has attended this school for two years, and loves it very much. She is a honor student, a member of the band, basketball and track teams. We are very happy with this school and its leadership. I would recommend this school to everyone.
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