Dear Families,

We are delighted that you are including Bowman School in your school search. One of the most valuable gifts you can give your child is that of an excellent education. We encourage you to explore our website or schedule a tour. We are here to make your admissions process clear and informative. Since our inception in 1995, Bowman has provided a Montessori-based, globally aware institution that challenges and encourages its students to become lifelong learners. With a hands-on academic program that emphasizes self-directed learning and critical thinking skills, Bowman is the place where students foster meaningful relationships and develop practical life tools needed to succeed in an ever-changing environment.

To get a better sense of the community here at Bowman, we invite you to visit us. We look forward to meeting your family!

Gaggan Bhella Piché
Director of Admissions

Connect with us!

The best way to contact the admissions office is by email or Calendly for a phone call.

Application Process

Bowman is partnering with Ravenna for our admissions process. You can begin the process by clicking here. Ravenna will outline all the steps needed: scheduling a tour, submitting an application, and is also where parents will delegate forms for teacher recommendations and school records.

Important Dates

Tours: There are several types of tours available, depending on which level you are applying for. You RSVP for the tour through your Ravenna account. Contact the admissions office if you need help, or schedule a call with the Director via Calendly.

  • Children’s House Open Houses (ages 3-6): Conducted one-on-one with an in person component and an online presentation
  • Elementary Level Open Houses (1-8th Grade): October 18, November 15, January 18
  • Secondary Level Open Houses (9th Grade): October 23 or December 1
Application and Supplemental Forms Due: January 13, 2023

Financial Aid Application Due: February 14, 2023

Decisions Released: March 17, 2023 12:00pm (PDT)

Decisions Response Due: March 24, 2023 12:00pm (PDT)

Affording Bowman

Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is $36,621. The comprehensive tuition covers Bowman’s full 12-month program, open from 7:30am to 6pm. Bowman provides all school supplies and materials.

A Bowman education is an investment in your child’s future and requires financial planning and sacrifice for most families. To that end, Bowman does have a small endowment for families who demonstrate a financial need. We use SSS to evaluate a family’s ability to pay tuition based on income, net worth, housing costs, and cost of living.

The average financial assistance award is $4,000.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make your admissions decisions?

A committee of teachers and administrators will review each applicant. We consider academic achievement and ability, social and emotional maturity, and a match between the family’s goals and our school philosophy. During your child’s shadow visit, teachers and the admissions team are able to evaluate your child’s academic and social abilities as well as developmental readiness. We are committed to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, we do not discriminate in matters of admission or employment in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion or creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, or gender. We consciously teach children to accept, respect, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the global community.

What is the “Children’s House”?

The Children’s House is our 3-6 mixed age cohort comprising of preschool through kindergarten.

How many spaces do you have for the Children’s House?

We try to maintain an equilibrium of all ages. We have a total of 60 students, 20 of each age.

What is the cut-off age for admission?

To be eligible in preschool, children must be age 2 years 9 months and toilet trained. To be eligible for Kindergarten, age 5 by September 1st.

Do you have a wait-pool?

Bowman often has more qualified applicants than we do spaces. When this occurs and your child is put in our wait-pool, we will notify you if a spot becomes available. Our wait pool is not ranked. Based on the needs of the school, the Admissions team will contact wait pool candidates on a case by case basis should spaces become available.

Why Bowman?

BOWMAN IS: Innovation • CommunicationRigorous Academics • Mind-body Balance • Global Perspective • Exploration & Discovery • Love of LearningHands-on Experience • Arts Education • Outdoor Learning • Curiosity • CreativityCulture of Collaboration • Community • Culture • Values • Forward Thinkers • Self-expression • Distinguished Educators • Movers & Shakers • Ready for Challenges • Montessori Methodology • Diversity • Individualized Learning • Integrated Curriculum • Dynamic Environment • Leadership and ResponsibilitySTEAM (STEM + Arts) • Inclusiveness • Self-direction • Experiential Learning