Discover, Create, Become: Learning to Innovate for the Future
"Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”
~Dr. Maria Montessori
In an increasingly technological and globalized world, children need more than just job skills—they need to learn how to think, problem solve, innovate, and communicate. Schools must go beyond the educational models of years past to prepare children for our ever-changing future.
At Bowman, we embrace the challenge of equipping the next generation through an integrated, hands-on approach based on a Montessori understanding of development and learning. We provide a dynamic and prepared environment for children to explore big questions about the world and their potential to affect positive change.
Experienced Montessori teachers provide individual guidance to students in following their developmentally-specific educational path through broad-focused inquiry and examination. Bowman creates responsible and responsive global citizens.
Simply put, Bowman inspires children to love learning in an academically challenging and internationally-aware program that promotes leadership, respect, responsibility, and independence.
Founded in 1995, Bowman International School is an independent, non-profit, K-8 school committed to educating tomorrow's leaders by promoting a rigorously self-directed and individualized approach to learning year-round. We are pleased to hold the distinction of being one of only two WASC-accredited Montessori schools in California and considered one of the top seven Montessori elementary schools in the world by Tim Seldon, founder of the International Montessori Council (IMC).
Our teachers are models of initiative and engagement as active contributors to education-focused publications, presenters at local and national conferences, and leaders in numerous Montessori organizations. As a result of their influence, Bowman students—representing more than 30 countries—transition to highly competitive high schools, and are accepted to public and private colleges including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Princeton, and Yale.
The Bowman community is comprised of forward-thinkers who are motivated to share knowledge and grow together. Situated on a 1.5- acre site in Palo Alto, our campus currently includes inspirational classrooms and outdoor spaces for gardening, physical activities, and events. We are now coming together to achieve our goal of adding a “Learning Village,” including a new preschool, STEAM laboratory, and gymnasium. By providing the best teaching and resources, Bowman will empower the younger generation toward their highest aspirations for years to come!
Bowman’s Learning Environment
Montessori Education at Bowman
Our Core Values
Promotes experiential learning, stimulates critical thinking, and fosters life-long curiosity
Focus on Responsible Citizenship
Creates confident and community-aware individuals
Cultivates the culturally-conscious mindset for tomorrow’s leaders
Montessori in the News
DIY Genius Silicon Valley’s Innovation Secret: The Montessori Method The Montessori Method: An Education for Creating Innovators
Wall Street Journal: The Montessori Mafia
Harvard Business Review: Montessori Builds Innovators
Scientific American: Students Prosper with Montessori Method
Wire: Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Startup Roots - “You can’t understand Google unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids.”
Wire: "Inside the School, Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education" - they describe their approach as "Montessori 2.0"