Founded in 1995, Bowman School is an independent, non-profit Montessori school currently serving Kindergarten through 8th grade students in Palo Alto, CA. 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.
Bowman has 273 students representing more than 30 countries.
- The Junior Level: Ages 5–6
- Lower Elementary Level: Ages 6–9
- Upper Elementary Level: Ages 9–12
- Middle School: Ages 12–15
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 we 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 classroom teachers, interns, and teaching specialists who teach cultural, music, and other 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 57 full-time teachers, and more than 80% 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 section.
Our annual tuition includes the core school day and before/after school care at no additional charge.
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. 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. 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 instructional hours in the classroom
- 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Late Day) – Optional recreational and educational programs, projects, classes, and meetings.
Administration & Board of Trustees
Bowman is a non-profit school, under the direction of a volunteer 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 meetings on the school campus six times per year on the first or second Wednesday of the month. The first section of each meeting is open to all members of the Bowman Community.
- Co-Chairperson of the Board: Kristin Kassaei
- Co-Chairperson of the Board: Dave Alvarez
- President: Mary Beth Ricks
- Treasurer: Peggy Lim
- Secretary: Brad Krueger
- Cynthia Bright
- Rebecca Katz
- Mini Peiris
- Camille Mason Hoffman
- Nick Atkins
- Earl Johnson
- Therese Dugan
- Dinesh Dutt
- Yuji Higaki
Bowman alumni have very successfully transitioned to top private and public high schools including Bellarmine, Castilleja, Crystal Springs Uplands, Gunn High School, Harker School, Kings Academy, Los Altos High School, Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton High School, Notre Dame, Palo Alto High School, Pinewood, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis, Serra High School, and Woodside Priory. Our students have then gone on to successfully graduate from colleges and universities that include Princeton, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Yale.