Founded in 1995, Bowman International School is an independent, non-profit Montessori school currently serving K-8th grade students in Palo Alto. We are a year round school that promotes the Montessori principals of individualized learning, which encourages children to take responsibility for their own education and, in the process, gain confidence, adaptability and a foundation for life-long learning. Our mission is to inspire children to love learning in an academically challenging and internationally aware program that promotes respect, responsibility, and independence.
273 students representing more than 30 countries
- Bowman Juniors: Ages 5 through 6
- Lower Elementary Level: Ages 6 through 9
- Upper Elementary Level: Ages 9 through 12
- Middle School Level: Ages 12 through 15
Bowman is located in a state-of-the-art facility located at 4000 Terman Drive (cross street Arastradero) in Palo Alto. We have nearly 1.5 acres and make good use of the outdoor space for gardening, physical activity and school events, as well as the 24,000 square feet of indoor classroom and office space.
Head of School: Mary Beth Ricks
The Bowman faculty includes trained Montessori teachers, interns and teaching specialists who teach cultural, music and after-school enrichment programs. During the core school day our low student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 enables us to place a strong focus on the child and deliver individualized teaching to each student. We have 46 full time teachers and more than 85% of those hold advanced degrees.
Our admission season begins in November with our first school tour. For more information about our admissions process please visit our Admissions page
Our annual tuition includes the core school day and before/after school care at no additional charge.
Year Round Program
Bowman operates on a 12-month calendar. Our individualized teaching methodology enables us to operate a schedule that affords today’s busy families with the additional flexibility of a year-round program. Each student must meet the minimum school year requirement of 200 days and, while many of our students attend year-round, it is also common for Bowman students to take extended breaks for vacations, camps, or other activities during the summer months.
Bowman is open from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and the classrooms are open to students from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM – Optional supervised before-school activities
- 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Core instruction hours
- 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Optional recreational and educational programs, projects, classes and meetings
Bowman is a non-profit school, under the direction of a volunteer Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees
While the Bowman administration and staff are responsible for the curriculum and daily school operations, the Bowman Board of Trustees is charged with preserving the mission of the school into the future. In short, their job is to ensure that the children of today’s students will have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a Bowman education.
The Board holds a meeting at the school on the first or second Wednesday six times per year. The first part of the meeting is open to all members of the Bowman Community.
- Co-Chairperson of the Board: Jonathan Leff
- Co-Chairperson of the Board: Kristin Kassaei
- President: Mary Beth Ricks
- Treasurer: TBD
- Secretary: Brad Krueger
- Cynthia Bright
- Shyamali Singhal
- Rebecca Katz
- Dave Alvarez
- Mini Peiris
- Camille Mason Hoffman
- Nick Atkins
Bowman alumni have very successfully transitioned to top private and public high schools including Castilleja, Crystal Springs Uplands, Gunn High School, Harker School, Kings Academy, Los Altos High School, Menlo-Atherton High School, Sacred Heart, Bellermine, St. Francis, Serra High School, Notre Dame, Menlo School, Palo Alto High School, Pinewood and Woodside Priory. Our students have then gone on to successfully graduate from colleges and universities that include Stanford, Santa Clara, Yale, Princeton, UCLA and UC Berkeley.