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9-12
Public district
Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 2,895
 

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4103 West Slaughter Lane
Austin, TX 78749

(512) 414-5247
(512) 292-0527
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June 08, 2015
For the most part, Bowie is a pretty decent high school. STAFF The main office staff can be a little snooty but are generally nice. I would've liked for the counsellors and other administrative staff to take a more active approach in helping students with whatever they have questions for or need. ACADEMICS Academically I've found that AP classes have a great curriculum and dedicated teachers but a very big workload. Which can be very stressful stacked with other AP classes and extracurriculars. With regular classes teachers are more hit or miss. Some care and some don't and some are good teachers and some aren't. For me personally, I felt regular classes were slow even with my weaker subjects, but not worth the added stress of an AP class for a subject I already struggle with. The homework load is definitely smaller and easier at that but expect to have homework everyday for math classes. The gap between regular and AP is frustratingly huge but I think that's generally how it goes for most public high schools. EXTRACURRICULARS Extracurriculars at Bowie are pretty good all around. We have a broad variety of general fine arts and sports to culinary, JROTC, and FFA. The band is top notch. I'm not a band kid, but to be ranked the third best high school band in the US is something to recognize for sure. Everything here (including academics) is super competitive! And there are definitely teacher/coach favorites. But again that's just something you'll come across wherever you go. EVERYTHING ELSE Cafeteria food is bland, dress code is enforced, and the academics building hallways don't have air conditioning. But don't worry, the classrooms have air conditioning and so does the fine arts building which holds the gym and cafeteria. I haven't really witnessed bullying, but Bowie is a big school and I don't pay attention to everything that happens around here. Most students are generally nice, some can be snobby, but I wouldn't worry too much about bullying. All in all, Bowie is a pretty good school, crowded but good.

- submitted by a community member

May 08, 2015
Terrible. There is no challenge here at all. Way too big. Pratically no homework ever. Horrible education.

- submitted by a student

December 01, 2014
Bowie has many excellent teachers, but my daughter is getting an uneven education. The Spanish teacher she had was unbelievably bad. Her AP English teacher has required ONE novel all semester. Teachers give easy grades to make up for student's bad grades instead of traipsing expectations. However her history teacher and physics teachers are caring and brilliant. Quite a few stellar students who would achieve anywhere and bring the school's reputation up. Great extra curricular programs. The school is getting too big fast.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2014
Bowie is a very good school with very good teachers. The counselors could be a lot more attentive and proactive with their assigned students. The principal could be more transparent and vocal with parents. You seldom hear from admin. 95% of news comes from the PTA.

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June 05, 2012
I traveled 300 miles to be at Bowie graduation. All sports, including golf were mentioned at graduation, The STATE PLAYOFF Lady lacrosse team was ignored and one ladydawg made All-American. No mention. I know about lacrosse and Title IX, but this is outrageous! Remarkable grouip of young ladies. Either the Supt or staff at Bowie giving her comments are totally clueless and cruel for their omission by not mentioning their hard work and barriers they overcame to make the playoffs.

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July 25, 2011
I will be going into my sophomore year this August. I really enjoy Bowie. I have a lot of friends there and most of the teachers are good (but not all!) The only problem I have is that they give us such a large workload. I am ALWAYS swamped with homework and I get super stressed out. On a typical day I spend about 4-5 hours doing all of my work. It's extremely competitive here and you have to work really hard in order to get a good ranking!

- submitted by a student

July 17, 2011
My daughter is a 2011 graduate of Bowie and I felt that she received an excellent education and that the teachers and administration strive to provide high quality instruction and an abundance of excellent extracurricular activities to enrich the coursework. The band, art and athletic programs are fantastic and my daughter graduated with several scholarship offers from schools around the country. Her class was extremely competitive and set a new scholarship record for AISD by testimony of the Superintendent.

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June 21, 2011
Among the more excellent schools in AISD.. .I'm disappointed in the budget cuts effecting Latin, German and some of the more important developmental curriculum. But nearly all schools appear to be suffering this crunch...

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October 09, 2009
I have two students at Bowie, a senior and a junior. I am surprised at the level of disappointment with the teaching staff expressed in other reviews. My children have had a number of excellent teachers at Bowie, several of whom I believe will serve as inspiring figures for them for the rest of their lives.

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October 03, 2009
They have a great football program-my son loves it!

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September 17, 2009
Best students, best faculty, best parents! Go Dawgs!

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August 29, 2009
The administrative leadership and knowledge is disappointing.

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August 28, 2009
I attended Bowie for my freshman and sophmore year and I could not have had a worse experience. Bowie puts students under so much stress that it was hard to keep my life together, I found this with myself and my friends. As if this being a confused teenager trying to find yourself in the world wasn't enough, Bowie would give tons of homework and I felt as if the teachers really didn't care about the students well being.

- submitted by a student
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December 11, 2008
I'm a junior at bowie and i would like to say that yeah, bowie is a good academic school, but the work load is too much, the teachers dont really seem to care, and they are either unprepared or unorganized. they usually give a lot of busy work. the band is excellent though!

- submitted by a student

October 16, 2008
As a graduated Bowie Alumni and current Longhorn I would like to say that Bowie does an excellent job at prepping students for college coursework. I was involved with Football, Student Government, and Who's Who my senior year... Bowie is in the top tier when it comes to student organizations and involvement. Events such as Mr. Bulldawg and the recent success of the Football program serve to make Bowie an exciting campus. There is currently tremendous growth in the area. Overall, I never felt threatened and graduated in the top ten percent of my class. Get your student involved and he/she will not be disappointed with James Bowie High School.

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October 12, 2008
Iam a freshman at JBHS the greatest thing about this school is football its the biggest thing for me and the shool work here I think is way to hard and its to much.

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October 07, 2008
I am a senior at bowie and I have attended school here for all 4 years. The quality of education is leaps and bounds above other public high schools in Austin (i.e Akins, Crokett, or any others) . The competition is extremely high ( top 10% > 4.0 GPA). For a public school it is top of the line, and the learning quality is unbeatable.

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September 30, 2008
My daughter just started attending this school and does not like it. As a parent I have been satisfied so far. For the most part the staff seems to genuinely care about the students and parents' concerns. However, my daughter is having a difficult time breaking into the cliques and finding friends.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2008
I am a current student at Bowie. I really like that the school is so big. It gives everyone a chance to have any elective that they want, and also it is too big to have the whole 'popular' nonsess. the only thing i dont like is that the school is completly cliquy, but once you find your clique.. its all good![:

- submitted by a student

June 09, 2008
My child found JBHS to be rather disappointing, in that her teachers frankly were not intended to teach, with the exception of a couple instructors. Most of her teachers, though, came to school either a) unprepared/unorganized, or b) with a lesson planned filled with 'busy work' that does not help in preparation for college. On top of all of this, my child was enrolled in all Pre-AP courses. However, there were pro's at Bowie. For example, the school spirit at Bowie is exceedingly high. Overall, I believe that Bowie academically can improve.

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May 05, 2008
I am a parent to a freshman this year and this year is coming to an end so I thought I would update our experience. I have to say that it's been great. The few times I have needed to contact a teacher or councelor I have gotten either same day response or response the next morning. My child doesn't have any behavioral issues so that's not a problem. She loves it there and for the amount of students they have, I think the faculty does a great job. I am involved with a few things (not too many) and I really do suggest getting involved, I think parents help out a lot of elementary then figure they don't need to in high school - but if you really want to know what's going on, I suggest you involve yourself in high school. Go Dawgs!

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2007
Counselors and teachers need to be more accessible to parents. I never get returned phone calls or emails. My son has attended for 2 years and I have yet to have a civilized conversation with any teacher. They do not respect me or my son. How can parents get involved if the staff is not willing and able? They need to support all the students in sports not just certain ones. The rules apply to everyone.

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May 31, 2007
Staff seems genuinely interested in the kids needs.

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May 25, 2007
I am an AP student,athlete, who is involved in clubs/orgs'; and this is how I feel about bowie: At one point Bowie was a desirable school to attend, but ever since Mr.Ewing resigned as the principal the school has gone downhill fast! Bowie, unlike all the other schools in AISD, is not following the high school redesign program. Instead of creating/keeping programs that will help students who are either going strait into the workforce after graduation or trying to get a head start on college, they are killing these valuable programs. What Bowie is doing is unfair to the students! Bowie needs to stop doing what's easy and start doing what's right for the future! To do so there also needs to be more parental involvement so there can be a change for the better at bowie; for bowie can only ride on the legacy of Mr.Ewing for so

- submitted by a student

May 14, 2006
The band program is exceptional! Good parent involvement and wonderful staff. The students are all very intelligent and eager for information.

- submitted by a teacher

April 09, 2006
After six years at Bowie with my two kids, I've seen a school that is overall committed to high standards for every child. Extracurricular activities are SUPER, with lots of parent and teacher involvement!

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December 05, 2005
Great school, but could use a little more parent involvement.

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March 07, 2005
Academic Programs are at the top of AISD schools. Parental involvement is excellent and there are many opportunities for students to excell in extracurricular activities.

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September 22, 2004
Bowie High School sets some of the highest standards in education within the city of Austin. Their teachers, students, and parents are dedicated to the overall performance of the school. The principal provides excellent leadership and direction in all areas of the school. Our children are encouraged and supported in achieving success at whatever they choose to pursue. Each family is made to feel that they matter and are important in the overall success of the school.

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Bowie High School
4103 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX  78749
(512) 414-5247
Last modified Bowie High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bowie High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top