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280 Cypress Street
Newton, MA 02459

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(617) 559-9330
(617) 552-7363
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Develops respect: Strongly agree
November 02, 2015
Principal advocates for all children. It starts at the top. THis is a school for people who want their kids to be empowered. The fifth graders run the social action campaigns for the school, raising money for Unicef and other local charities, and mentor younger kids.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
November 02, 2015
Lots of diversity means acceptance from kids. School sponsors "understanding our differences" with the PTO, bringing programs into the 3,4, and 5th grades around physical challenges, autism, deafness, blindness, allergies and other differences kids may encounter.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
November 02, 2015
This school values and promotes social action, personal responsibility, fairness and honesty. I love the kindness I feel from the Principal. teachers, staff and kids.

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November 02, 2015
Great teachers and parents. A Principal who advocates for kids and values their opinions.Strong services. I was able to get extra services for both my kids even through they met benchmarks, which really helped them to succeed. They didn't get lost between IEP and gifted! Very strong Art, Music, PE and Library professionals. International families for multicultural enrichment. Great all-around school. Highly recommend.

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March 07, 2015
We love this school. There are fantastic teachers and families. I have no problems with the principle either, I am not sure what other parents are referring to but all my experiences have been extremely positive. I do not however try to tell the principle how to do her job. As for not enough male teachers, I do not see why this is a problem. I want the best teachers available for my children. I don't want someone hired just because of their gender. Our children are here to learn and I want them to do so from the best!

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February 28, 2015
A wonderful school is being ruined by the principal. She is egotistical, doesn't know how to listen, and is all about herself. The staff deeply distrusts her. It's extremely sad to see how much the school has deteriorated under her so-called "leadership".

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April 17, 2014
The teachers our children had over the years were really great. The principal however should be looking for a different job. There is no leadership whatsoever. She is very dismissive and arrogant and is looking out only for herself, not for the children. Kids are actually happy to be sent to the principal for punishment since they get crackers and free time there.

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March 26, 2014
Was a great, still with great potential, needs better leadership. I was so sad to watch its deterioration over the past several years. They have a mix of outstanding teachers and sub-par teachers. Principal focus is misplaced and it's unfortunate that her overconfidence made her dismissive of parents' counsel and input. Diversity is great and probably the best in Newton, and on all levels, racial, ethnic, financial..etc. Needs better leadership with strong vision to set the right tone and much higher expectations from teacher so it's not left to their personal motivation to invest in their students' education and growth.

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May 24, 2013
The teachers are exceptional. As others noted, there aren't enough male teachers though. Only one class teacher is male. The leadership on the other hand is lacking. They failed to implement security measures in a timely manner. Although sign in is mandatory for visitors, nobody is actually checking up on that and people can just walk into the school unnoticed. Not cool! Also, the secretary is grumpy most of the time. A smile for a parent might go a long way! The PTO did a great job this year raising funds for all activities and computers (which should be paid by the district not by the parents btw) and organizing fun events. The after school care program is great and my kids love it there. The staff is amazing and they have about 50% male teachers.

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May 14, 2013
The teaching staff is fantastic. The administration...less so. The administration's top accomplishment was a drop-off plan/traffic flow and the administration's greatest failing, in my opinion, is the failure to recruit and retain excellent male elementary teachers. The community of teachers, children and parents is smart, engaged, and active. A great choice of schools in a stellar school district.

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October 24, 2012
Lots of young, smart teachers and a great after care program. Very few male teachers, however.

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April 13, 2011
Our daughter is an ELL student at K4 and we are extremely happy with the school both from the academical and social point of view. The teachers' care, support and warm attitude allowed our daughter to feel comfortable and confident from the very first day in the school. We heard a lot of good things about Bowen school before, but the reality exceeds all the expectations. 11 out of 10!

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Bowen Elementary School
280 Cypress Street, Newton, MA  02459
(617) 559-9330
Last modified Bowen Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bowen Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top