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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Bates Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Annapolis, MD

Transformation Through Arts Integration

Every teacher at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for students.

What This School Is Achieving


Since focusing on arts integration, this school has achieved the following:

• English-language learners increased their achievement in math and reading by almost 30 percent.

• Special ed scores jumped higher than hoped.

• The school is developing a body of research data that shows that arts integration can help struggling students learn standard curricula.

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