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About Our School


• History
The school is named for former Salem Mayor and U.S. Representative George Joseph Bates and his eldest son, William Henry Bates, who succeeded his father in Congress after the elder Bates was killed in a plane crash. The school was opened in 1970 and was rededicated in 2001 after renovations and an addition were completed.

• Grades
Kindergarten - Grade 5 (including four Theraputic Support Program Classrooms)

• Number of Students: 335

• Facilities
State of the art building. Completely air-conditioned with air coolant system. Instructional Media Center/Library, Science Discovery Lab, gymnasium, cafetorium, primary kitchen, theater, music suite, computer lab, three recreational areas, family center, large and fully equipped classrooms.

• Technology

The Bates School contains state-of-the-art technology. The facility is completely networked, the Instructional Media Lab is fully automated, and we have the services of a district Technology Integration Specialist. In addition to a computer lab equipped with Macintosh computers, all classrooms and specialty areas contain computers and have Internet access.

• The Arts
Bates School's theme is the enrichment of the arts. In this vein, we stress and integrate the arts within our programs. To foster this, all students receive instruction in theater arts in the classroom and through our vocal and instrumental music programs.   Our visual arts program is one of the best, using all types of medium and learning about many artists and their style.  We have an annual art show at the end of each school year displaying the art of every child.  We also collaborate with the Peabody Essex Museum for grades 3 through 5.

• Science Program
Bates School has a fully equipped Dr. Read Science Discovery Laboratory. We believe in a hands-on, discovery approach to learning science. A full-time Science Integration Specialist is employed to assist staff in both teaching and designing lessons that align with our district curriculum.

• Educational Programs
Reading and Language Arts
We use the Harcourt Trophies reading series in grades three through five and the SuperKids program for grades K-2.  All grades have a ninety-minute to a      two-hour literacy block.  We have the support of three Reading Specialists where one is the reading Coach to aide teachers in developing their flexible   groupings during guided reading sessions, and offers ongoing professional development for all staff,  and reading intervention for all students.

In the subject of mathematics, we use Everyday Mathematics; a research based program focusing on a hands-on approach to math concepts and skills.

• Enrichment
Artist-in-Residence; Musical programs for all grades; Girls and Boys Basketball, grades 4-5; District Family Science Night; Arts Integration programs; Bi-weekly Book Swap and School Store (run by the parents), Annual School Art Show; Reading Buddies Program; Literacy Night; Various programs for our children sponsored by our PTO.

• Self-Esteem Building
Bates School Leaders who are grade 5 students selected to help with special events and activities; Voluntary School Spirit Wear; Character Education (Second Steps program); Personal Power program.

After-School Day Care
The privately owned For Kids Only, Inc.  provides after-school programming at Bates from 1:50 to 6:00 p.m.  For information about FKO, visit  There are many other programs that provide transportation from the school to their programs.

• School Store
The "Pencil Box" is the school store operated by students and parents. It is open for business from 7:20 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. on designated mornings. The "Pencil Box" is located in a room near the Cafetorium.

• Student Absentee Line ~ (978) 740-1172
Please call the attendance telephone number before 7:45 a.m. whenever your student is going to be absent from school. This line has an answering machine that is available 24 hours a day. Also, if you would like homework for your child, this can be left on the absent line. Please do not call the main telephone number to report absences. A note is needed the day the student returns. Refer to the Student Handbook for more details.