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  • Bowie High School9

    Austin, TX | Travis County

    December 1, 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

    September 13, 2014

    Bowie is a great school academically. My son loves the school and does very well here. I have no complaints about the academic education. But I do have concerns about their head basketball Coach Cellister Collier. He only chooses his favorites for his basketball team. He doesn't pick them based on skill but their what parents can offer him. His "tryout" system is not a tryout, it is just so that he can humiliate and shame those that he doesn't want on his team. The district should investigate his practices. He uses intimidation on students and parents that he doesn't think will benefit him. He has become a detriment to the team, the school and their basketball reputation It is time for him to retire. AISD needs to review his basketball program and tryout system. After speaking to many parents about this Coach, many parents are very dissatisfied. After people are in a job too long they become burned out and are no longer in it for the benefit of the students. He clearly has overstayed his welcome, the team needs someone young and new that can bring new ideas and policy changes to invigorate the athletics department.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 6, 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.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 5, 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.

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    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...

    Submitted by a parent

    October 9, 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.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 3, 2009

    They have a great football program-my son loves it!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 17, 2009

    Best students, best faculty, best parents! Go Dawgs!

    Submitted by a parent

    August 29, 2009

    The administrative leadership and knowledge is disappointing.

    Submitted by a parent

    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

    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.

    Submitted by a student

    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.

    Submitted by a student

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