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, schedule a tour, or contact us with additional questions. 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, Bowman Director of Admissions,

Application Process

Step 1: Browse our website, and inquire with any questions.

The best way to understand Bowman’s philosophy and culture is to read the website and write down any questions you may have. Bowman is currently updating its website so feel free to email or call if you need more information.

Step 2: Schedule a Tour.

We conduct tours on Wednesday mornings in November and January. Tours are approximately one hour in length and are for adults only. During the tour, we will show you our campus, observe classrooms, and have a Q and A session with our Head of School. You may RSVP here.

Step 3: Fill out our online application.

Complete your application online along with your $125 non-refundable application fee. (Please do this after you have toured the school!)

Step 4: Schedule a “shadow” visit.

One of the best ways for your child to experience Bowman School is to have them visit the school and spend a day in the classroom, getting to know Bowman and interacting with peers and teachers. Juniors will visit for two half-days and Lower Elementary through Middle School will visit for two full days. Please pack your child a lunch and a snack. A current Bowman student will host each visitor so that he/she may feel more comfortable in a new environment. This will happen after the application has been submitted.

Step 5: Schedule a parent interview with the Admissions Director.

After your child has visited our campus, we will invite you to a meeting with our Admissions Director, Gaggan Bhella, to discuss any additional questions you may have about our program. This meeting is also a chance for us to ask you questions that will help us get to know your family better as well as your needs and goals for the coming year.

Bowman does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.

Important Dates

Schedule a Tour: On select Wednesdays beginning in November through January.

Shadow Visits: Weekdays throughout late January and February.

Applications Due: January 31, 2019. Bowman is a year-round program and we are able to accept rolling admissions based on space.

Parent Interviews: February and March 2019

Decisions Mailed: March 21, 2019

Affording Bowman

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $32,562. 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 FACTS 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.

How many openings do you have in Kindergarten?

For the 2019-2020 school year, Bowman Junior Level will have between 35 and 40 openings.

What is the cut-off age for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year?

Bowman abides by California state standards to determine the age for entering Kindergarteners. The child must turn five by September 1st. Students with prior Montessori experience and recommendations from their preschool teachers may receive consideration for earlier admissions.

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