Bates Middle School  

Principal: Nicole Fuller

Address: 715 Estate Street, Sumter, SC 29150

Phone: (803) 775-0711  Fax: (803) 775-0715

School Day Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Bates Middle School, a nationally accredited STEM school, is ready to shine in the 2023-2024 school year!  We will host a “Bantam Jump Start Camp” for 6th grade students on Wednesday, July 26  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to assist them in their transition to middle school.  This event will serve as the 6th grade back-to-school orientation as well.  The Bantam Jump Start Camp will begin in the gym with a warm welcome to 6th grade parents and students from the administrative team and faculty/staff.  Parents and students will receive general information, schedules, and an agenda of activities that will occur throughout the day.  No bus transportation will be provided to/from the Bantam Jump Start Camp.

Back-to-School Orientation Schedule:

7th Grade: Monday, July 31 from 2 – 3 p.m.

8th Grade: Monday, July 31 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 3  is the official first day of school for all students.  On August 3-4, all students will receive their class schedules, school supply checklist, important documents to take home to parents, and review school-wide academic and behavior expectations.  Students will also begin scheduled tours of the campus following the “Bantam Stride” Behavior Matrix.  Information will be sent home soon along with a specific date and time for our Open House/Meet the Teacher Night.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures: For the safety of all students at Bates Middle School, all cars picking up and dropping off students should enter the drive from Scotkins Court and exit on Bailey Street.  Students are not to be dropped off or picked up on Bailey Street.  Gates will open at 7:15 a.m. and will close at 7:55 a.m.  At approximately 2:30 p.m., gates will be opened for afternoon pick-up.  Parents are not permitted to park in the front of the building to pick up students from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.  We look forward to an awesome school year!  Go Bantams!