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Bowie High School

Public | 9-12 | 2836 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2014

The Honors and AP classes are great and most of those students work hard. I have heard that it is different in many of the regular classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

its alright unorganized at times and underfunded but its still alright, could do better with the math teachers and their inability to speak fluent english; A lot of the other reviews are bad and bashing the teachers but its not completely their fault, We still have the highest test scores in the county so to call us stupid is asinine -current bowie high student class of 2015
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2014

This school is not up to par academically. I have met with counselors and administrators about disruptive behavior during my child's class. In September 2013 I repeatedly made them aware of my concerns because I am a parent who truly cares about my child's education. As of April 2014 nothing has improved. The teachers do not give students feedback. They fail to give tests or homework back to the students in order to allow them an opportunity to improve and enhance their performance. Teachers spend more of their time out of the classroom instead of teaching the class and insuring those students that want to learn actually can. Seriously the teachers need to stop getting paid to do nothing and get some teachers who really care about educating our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

From the first day of registration, my experience with this school has been poor. The students are out of control. They don't listen to the teachers. The staff is unprofessional. Everything that the school secretary, Mrs. Lee told us was false. As far as their "No Bullying policy", that's a joke. There are fights there almost daily according to my child. I would definitely consider another school if you're able. I wish I had looked at the reviews before I enrolled my child, which took almost 2 weeks because they would not accept my proofs of residency. I've never had such a traumatic experience with a school. It's an awful school. This is my opinion, and I am very much into my child's education. I am sure some others may not agree, but this is my honest opinion from what I've experienced at Bowie High School. Also if you saw other reviews on this school, you would definitely see that there is definitely a cause for concern at this High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

I was a former 2011 graduate, this school is beyond terrible, Even though I'm in college, I felt like I learned nothing. I feel like the teachers do not have discipline so of course the students Will not have any. I honestly feel like the majority of the teachers there are only there for the paychecks. Not the importance of teaching, not importance I students learning everyday. I felt like they didn't try hard enough to prepare students for the next level education. While in 11th grade, one of my worst years there, I discovered not only did the school care about teaching, they don't care about getting permanent teachers. For example, my English 11 never had a permanent teacher. The first week of school our teacher was a HSA coordinator. After a couple months she left, then we had a substitute for a couple months. Then about the February we finally received a certified teacher. In my 10th grade year, Spanish was the same runaround with the teachers. First there was a real teacher but our class was so bad that we ran her out of town, our second teacher was a substitute, but he left because he wasn't permanent, 3rd teacher was another sub. Don't go to this awful school!


Posted December 1, 2013

I'm a student and this school is awful. These teachers do not know how to teach, all my classes is basically like free time. There is nothing great about this school. Do not recommend . I am definatley not prepared for college next year.


Posted July 16, 2013

This is seriously the most unprofessional school I have ever dealt with. The administrative staff that is there is extremely rude and honestly I will never send anyone to this school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

I love this school. But there is one problem it is in PG county. PG does not like Bowie because the students are not stupid like in the rest of the county. On the county website they made a 2 page article on on how they will make district heights elementary (the worst school in the county) better by painting it and buying toys rather than posting that whitehall elementary became a blue ribbon( only school in the county). I wish bowie could seperate from PG and merge with Anne Arundel
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2011

I am a mom of a 2011 Graduate and have a freshman there now. Bowie High prepared by daughter to be very competitive for college and was accepted to her first choice school George Mason. The kids that were in the Honor Classes and involved in extra activities help make the school it's very best. In sports three (3) girls from the basketball team went on to Ivey League schools, and other athletics went on to D1 schools. Parents have to be involved with their kids and help the teachers help their kids. I can truly say Mrs. Spence set a great example and was Principle of the Year for Maryland. If we help with the problems and not be a part of them then we will have great schools across America. Mr. Trustee one of the gudiance counselors that was a very inportant part of the process from freshman - senior year, making sure the kids was on track for success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2011

This school is horrible. I've enrolled into the school 2 years ago. i am now a junior. The students there do not care what so ever. the teachers do not know how to control them. In my freshman year i was originally planning on going to Eleanor Roosevelt but didn't make the science and tech program. I decided not to go the regular school and instead went to bowie high school, and tried to take the test there. the guidance teacher soon told me the school wasn't in the program. Take my mistake as an advice
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2011

Bowie High School is a very good school and the teachers try to reach everyone the best way they can.But, the classes are very overcrowded,and i feel the teachers can do better. Sometimes the teachers don't really like to teach and i am not very fond of that. The school is just very big and some of the students that attend the school do not live in the area. This is a very nice school but for me i don't think i would want send my kids here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2010

My daughter is graduation this year. I have found that the teachers always called me back and were always trying to help her if needed. Ms. Nelson, one of the guidance counselors, is wonderful. I can't say enough good things about her. Mr. Fax, an administrator and Ms. Puller in guidance I can't say anything good about other then they were the most miserable things I have ever experienced. They are overcrowded but what school isn't. I think they do the best with what they have to work with. I commend the teachers I had contact with. They were wonderful. For PG County it is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

The teachers and programs that Bowie offers are OUTSTANDING, however, the Administration of this school is the worst I have ever seen and I am a school administrator. The Principal does not support the activities of the students, does not return phone calls and passes issues to others when things need to be evaluated. It is truly a shame that such a wonderful school with caring parents and dedicated teachers are brought down to this level because of the Administration staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

Bowie High School is a good school, the counselor Mrs. Nelson is excellent and quite helpful. I do wish the class sizes could be smaller and we could build another high school so the school would'nt be so overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

Bowie High school in my opinion is a great school there classes and other programs are well structured thanks to the Staff As a Student From the school i am glad to be attending the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2008

this school is a nice school and personally i like what Mrs. Spence is doing with the the environment. She has improved the academics and has lowered the amount of misconduct in the school too. So Mrs. Spence, keep it up and thank you for everything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

I think bowie is a great school to send your child too because they get to express their creativity and express their opinions. I think teachers there are nice and teach very well. My son went to Longreach high and had a very hard problem there and he wasnt happy so I brought him to bowie he has been getting 4.0 ever since thank you Bowie
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

Bowie is a good school. It could be better if we could reduce class sizes more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

Summit program is excellent. If you have a child who wants to achieve they can. Plenty of extra curricular activities and opportunites to shine. Motivated students and good teachers. Bowie is a great place to be!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

I have found that if your child is in honors or AP classes all is well but when your child is dropped into a 'regular' class, grades suffer. The classroom kids are so out of control in the 'regular' classes that the teachers cannot teach.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

652 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

680 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

678 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 69% 35%
White 18% 42%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

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  • Spanish
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  • Spanish

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  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

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Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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15200 Annapolis Rd
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: (301) 805-2600

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