19701 Wyoming, Detroit MI, 48221-1519

Phone: (313) 494-7000 • Fax: (313) 494-8811

Principal: Cleo Moody

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A Flagship School Attracting the Best and Brightest

Bates Academy is an Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Rewards school and has been known for excellent academics, building its rich heritage since 1981. Bates Academy is an application school for high-performing and gifted students, serving grades Pre-Kindergarten to 8.

Bates has been one of the flagship schools in the Detroit Public Schools district for many years and has always attracted the best and the brightest students in the city. Technology is a major component of Bates’ education, enriching student curriculum with new projectors, whiteboards and multiple computer labs. At Bates, the goal is to accelerate student performance by providing rigorous instruction and enriching learning opportunities that appeal to a variety of learning styles and preferences.

Our Beliefs

“Giftedness,” at Bates, is based upon the “Three Rings of Giftedness” concept by the University of Connecticut’s Dr. Joseph Renzulli and the School-wide Enrichment Model. Gifted behavior occurs when there is an interaction among three basic clusters of human traits: above-average general and/or specific abilities, high levels of task commitment (motivation), and high levels of creativity. Gifted and talented children are those who possess or are capable of developing this composite of traits and applying them to any potentially valuable area of human performance. As noted in the School-wide Enrichment Model, gifted behaviors can be found “in certain people (not all people), at certain times (not all the time), and under certain circumstances (not all circumstances).” Giftedness, intelligence, and talent are fluid concepts and may look different in different contexts and cultures. Even within schools, you will find a range of personal beliefs about the word “gifted,” which has become a term with multiple meanings and much nuance.


School of the Week: Bates Academy

(For the week of Sept. 22, 2014)

Bates Academy 8th grader Amanath Khandaker is pondering the options of what career he wants to pursue when he grows up. Possibly a computer software engineer. Or a photographer. Or maybe a published author.

It would not be surprising if he pursued all three….and succeeded.

Khandaker, who carries a 4.0 and is involved in Academic Games, the school journalism program, yearbook, computer courses and more, is the epitome of what Dr. Cleo Moody, principal of Bates Academy in Northwest Detroit, considers to be a well-rounded student and a future leader.

“We’ve had a history of attracting the best and brightest students of the city,” Dr. Moody said. “We’ve had former students who are doctors, lawyers and educators. It just goes on and on. Often when I’m out, I meet people who are former students of Bates Academy, and they have wonderful careers.”

Bates, a gifted and talented program that requires an application, testing and letters of recommendation for admission, is considered to be the city’s premier elementary-middle school.

The school’s history of excellent academics spans more than three decades when school district leaders, including former Superintendent Arthur Jefferson, had the opportunity to visit gifted and talented programs across the nation. They determined that Detroit and its students needed and deserved a program for gifted and talented students.

Initially starting out as a program that shared a building, the demand for Bates’ stellar curriculum soon necessitated a separate, dedicated building. Having moved several times, the school has been located in Northwest Detroit on Wyoming, nestled among picturesque shade trees and a sprawling lawn, for seven years.

No matter the location, or in some cases the struggles with building conditions, the school has churned out thousands upon thousands of bright scholars over its 30-plus-year history, as well as amassed countless awards.

Bates Academy has been honored as DPS’ top Pre-K-8 school in the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) top-to-bottom ranking; one of the top 10 schools in the City by Excellent Schools Detroit; as an “A” school by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy; an MDE Rewards School; a “Beating the Odds” school and much more.

Student artists have competed locally, statewide and nationally and had their art displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The school’s orchestra is renowned and has received numerous awards. Students often matriculate to the city’s top application high schools, such as Renaissance and Cass Tech, or attend premier private schools.

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Bates Academy provides a wide range of stimulating elective courses including: Music, Art, Foreign Language Club, Honors Courses, National Junior Honors Society, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), Student opperated Michigan First Banking Branch, Student Newspaper including Photography, Accelerated Reading/Math, Academic Games, Robotics/Science Clubs, Chess, Math Competition, Girls Scouts/Boy Scouts, Student Council, Student Government, Youth in Government, Literature Club, Battle of the Books, Sports

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

We offer a high quality early learning experience for special needs and general education students 4 years of age by November 1. Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-K classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality. For more info, go to detroitk12.org/preK

Our Vision

Bates Academy will be a world-class continuous learning organization where high-performing students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful as they continue their education in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Honors courses at the most outstanding secondary schools in the region, and subsequently at the postsecondary level.

Our Mission

The mission of Bates Academy is to become a world-class school by creating a “stretch culture” where students and professional educators are better today than they were yesterday, but not as good as they will be tomorrow through continuous improvement.

About Our Principal

Our principal, Dr. Cleo Michele Moody, graduated from Detroit Public Schools.  She attended Crosman Elementary, Dwyer Elementary, Hutchins Middle School and Detroit Northern High.  She is a legacy to the field of education bringing with her a rich history of educational expertise and the requirement of high achievement expectations for all students.  Dr. Moody attended Wayne State University where she obtained the Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, an Educational Specialist Certification in Administration, and a Masters of Science Education degree.  She also attended Western Michigan University where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Education.  Dr. Moody is looking forward to an exciting and rewarding school year for Detroit Public Schools and all members of the Bates Academy School community.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Commitment to College and Career Readiness

Bates Academy is committed to ensuring that our students are exceptionally prepared for success at the secondary and post secondary level. Furthermore, it is our pledge to make certain that we have established a foundation for success as students enter into advanced fields throughout the 21st century.

Uniform Requirements

Collared Shirts: YELLOW, WHITE, OR POWDER BLUE (All shirts must be tucked)
Ties (Boys) are optional (BLACK OR NAVY BLUE)
Cross Ties (Girls) are optional (BLACK OR NAVY BLUE)

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 11:45 AM
Friday 8:30 AM 2:50 PM