TransformSC has accepted Bates Middle School to its statewide network of innovative schools.  Bates is the first Sumter School District school to be accepted into this network.

“The fact that more schools and districts are joining the TransformSC network shows how leadership can transform education in South Carolina,” said Pamela Lackey, state president of AT&T and co-chair of TransformSC. “These leaders in our education community are inspiring widespread improvement in student learning and innovative thinking.”
To be accepted into the TransformSC network, Bates submitted a three-year innovation plan that was evaluated and approved by TransformSC’s Action Team Chairs and staff. Bates committed to creating a culture of innovation and implementing a combination of  the innovative practices  of STEAM, Project Based Learning, and blended learning to transform learning and teaching for every student and every teacher in every classroom every day.
TransformSC schools receive a variety of supports and opportunities through participation in the network, including access to national experts, mentorship opportunities with other innovative schools and assistance with the implementation of innovation plans.  TransformSC created the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate that is utilized statewide.
About TransformSC
TransformSC, an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a collaboration of business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers transforming the public education system so that every student graduates prepared for careers, college and citizenship. TransformSC schools and districts are designing, launching, promoting and proving transformative practices in the classroom. Currently there are 55 schools from 23 districts, as well as five entire districts in the TransformSC network. For more information, visit