What Can Bowman Do for Your Child?

Our rapidly evolving world demands an education unlike most traditional models. The workforce of tomorrow will need to be confident, flexible, collaborative critical-thinkers. Teaching students these skills in addition to core academics has been the basis of the Montessori method for more than 100 years.

The Bowman framework is built around this successful model and helps students to develop these crucial skills and to practice them in a nurturing environment.

Developmental Focus

1Children’s House
Ages 3-6, Age of Discovery
At age 3, children begin developing important skills that are fundamental to all learning: order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Children’s House students want to be free to work independently within a structured environment, doing real activities with an intelligent purpose. Focus is on hands-on exploration, children plan out their day to begin learning time management, and we have small groups and one-on-one lessons in core subjects. To develop the critical skill of reading, students read one-on-one with a teacher each day for 15 minutes.
2Lower Elementary
Grades 1-3, Age of Interests
The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before, they were interested in things – like working with their hands and learning their names. Now they are interested mainly in what and why – the problem of cause and effect. The Great Lessons provide the unifying theme for the origins of the world around us and spark their imagination. Our program continues to feature small group and one-on-one lessons, and children plan schedules that include multiple days at a time.
3Upper Elementary
Grades 4-6, Age of Industry
The child has moved beyond what and why to how. They move from concrete thinking to abstraction to make sense of the disconnected facts and ideas they are encountering in the world. Social interactions are very important, and we honor this by offering more collaborative group projects. Students are expected to plan their daily schedule in one-week increments.
4Middle School
Grades 7-8, Age of Emotions
Adolescents are beginning to form a profound ideology of the self. Self-expressions and self-knowledge, coupled with social interaction, are the cornerstones of this age. Adolescents crave meaningful and noble work to contribute to their sense of purpose and worth. Students are expected to manage projects in six-week increments. There is a focus on prepping for a traditional high school environment, such as timed testing, so students can continue to be successful wherever they go.

Student, Teacher, Parent: Perspectives of Bowman

Enrichment Subjects

1Global Education
World history and global studies aren't just classes. They impact every aspect of our multi-disciplinary teaching and each year incorporates a continent of study.
2Practical Life Skills
These skills foster a sense of independence in children and are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students learn to make menus, grocery shop, and develop packing lists.
3Music
Students are taught the historical background of musical genres and composers. We also teach children how to read music, play an instrument, and perform as a group.
4Art
Bowman wants every student to have a critical appreciation for art. This is developed by examining the artist's motivation, experiencing the various materials and forms used, and understanding the emotion and feeling portrayed.
5Theater, Peace + Play, Mindfulness
Our Peace + Play curriculum gives students the toolbox to resolve conflicts and builds emotional literacy. Theater helps students discover creativity and develops confidence and an appreciation for the arts.
6Athletics
Our PE focuses on coordination, movement, imaginative play, and fitness. It is provided daily to all grades. Students from 5th–8th grade are eligible to participate in the Small School League sports.
7Student Travel
Our annual travel trips integrate academic, practical, and critical thinking skills. All Bowman students join the camping trip – the main highlight each year. The 6th–8th grade students extend their learning to other states and countries.

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