This school teaches that it's ok to be different if you have a disability that is visible. If a student happens to have a learning disability that's not quite so easy to see, they allow students, as well as teachers and staff, to label them as bad kids. This school also uses humiliation as a form of punishment for students with learning disabilities. Which anyone with a brain knows that this causes discouragement and hopelessness. This school needs to show more compassion with kids who act, look, and learn differently. This will help their students do the same.
Within the last 2 years this school has gone downhill. The principal lacks skills in dealing with children that have any form of neurobehavioral disorders, learning disorders or kids that do not fit into her little box of what an ideal pupil should be. Not only are parents pulling their children from the school because of the lack of leadership and knowledge; teachers are leaving this school as well. There have been some amazing, fantastic loving teachers walk away from their job because of the unprofessional, unqualified principal this school has. There are also teachers still employed there that not only bully the students, they bully other teachers. It is an absolute disaster! This is a magnet school and offers great opportunities and fun experiences for the kids in Midland district but with Laurie Sherrod as principal, it will never fully live up to what and where it should be. It is a shame. I do believe it can become a better place with better leadership.
I am appalled! People actually rate this school 5 stars? You've got to be kidding me! My child was bullied and pressured into doing things and the principal didn't give a rat's behind what was going on! They begged us to leave! I had it with this school! Don't fall for the 5 star rating!
Bowie is a wonderful school. Teachers are very well qualified and caring. Fine arts department is top notch. Leadership is good. Facilities are clean and well maintained. Students are delighted to be at school each day. State test scores are among the best is the city. Bowie is the best!