School Details

Bowie High School

15200 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD 20715
(301) 805-2600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2912 students 19 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Bowie High School is a public high school in Bowie. 2,912 students attend Bowie High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 0.3% of the Bowie High School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 2,912 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bowie High School is 19:1. Tall Oaks Vocational High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 70% 73%
Hispanic 6% 19%
Asian 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 5%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 47%
Limited English proficiency 0.3% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    From the first day of registration my experience with this school has been poor. The students are out of control. They don't listen to the teachers. The staff is unprofessional. Everything that the school secretary Mrs. Lee told us was false. As far as their "No Bullying policy" that's a joke. There are fights there almost daily according to my child. I would definitely consider another school if you're able. I wish I had looked at the reviews before I enrolled my child which took almost 2 weeks because they would not accept my proofs of residency. I've never had such a traumatic experience with a school. It's an awful school. This is my opinion and I am very much into my child's education. I am sure some others may not agree but this is my honest opinion from what I've experienced at Bowie High School. Also if you saw other reviews on this school you would definitely see that there is definitely a cause for concern at this High School.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was a former 2011 graduate this school is beyond terrible Even though I'm in college I felt like I learned nothing. I feel like the teachers do not have discipline so of course the students Will not have any. I honestly feel like the majority of the teachers there are only there for the paychecks. Not the importance of teaching not importance I students learning everyday. I felt like they didn't try hard enough to prepare students for the next level education. While in 11th grade one of my worst years there I discovered not only did the school care about teaching they don't care about getting permanent teachers. For example my English 11 never had a permanent teacher. The first week of school our teacher was a HSA coordinator. After a couple months she left then we had a substitute for a couple months. Then about the February we finally received a certified teacher. In my 10th grade year Spanish was the same runaround with the teachers. First there was a real teacher but our class was so bad that we ran her out of town our second teacher was a substitute but he left because he wasn't permanent 3rd teacher was another sub. Don't go to this awful school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a student and this school is awful. These teachers do not know how to teach all my classes is basically like free time. There is nothing great about this school. Do not recommend . I am definatley not prepared for college next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is seriously the most unprofessional school I have ever dealt with. The administrative staff that is there is extremely rude and honestly I will never send anyone to this school again.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school. But there is one problem it is in PG county. PG does not like Bowie because the students are not stupid like in the rest of the county. On the county website they made a 2 page article on on how they will make district heights elementary (the worst school in the county) better by painting it and buying toys rather than posting that whitehall elementary became a blue ribbon( only school in the county). I wish bowie could seperate from PG and merge with Anne Arundel

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a mom of a 2011 Graduate and have a freshman there now. Bowie High prepared by daughter to be very competitive for college and was accepted to her first choice school George Mason. The kids that were in the Honor Classes and involved in extra activities help make the school it's very best. In sports three (3) girls from the basketball team went on to Ivey League schools and other athletics went on to D1 schools. Parents have to be involved with their kids and help the teachers help their kids. I can truly say Mrs. Spence set a great example and was Principle of the Year for Maryland. If we help with the problems and not be a part of them then we will have great schools across America. Mr. Trustee one of the gudiance counselors that was a very inportant part of the process from freshman - senior year making sure the kids was on track for success.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is horrible. I've enrolled into the school 2 years ago. i am now a junior. The students there do not care what so ever. the teachers do not know how to control them. In my freshman year i was originally planning on going to Eleanor Roosevelt but didn't make the science and tech program. I decided not to go the regular school and instead went to bowie high school and tried to take the test there. the guidance teacher soon told me the school wasn't in the program. Take my mistake as an advice

  • (4 years ago)

    Bowie High School is a very good school and the teachers try to reach everyone the best way they can.But the classes are very overcrowded and i feel the teachers can do better. Sometimes the teachers don't really like to teach and i am not very fond of that. The school is just very big and some of the students that attend the school do not live in the area. This is a very nice school but for me i don't think i would want send my kids here.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is graduation this year. I have found that the teachers always called me back and were always trying to help her if needed. Ms. Nelson one of the guidance counselors is wonderful. I can't say enough good things about her. Mr. Fax an administrator and Ms. Puller in guidance I can't say anything good about other then they were the most miserable things I have ever experienced. They are overcrowded but what school isn't. I think they do the best with what they have to work with. I commend the teachers I had contact with. They were wonderful. For PG County it is a good school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers and programs that Bowie offers are OUTSTANDING however the Administration of this school is the worst I have ever seen and I am a school administrator. The Principal does not support the activities of the students does not return phone calls and passes issues to others when things need to be evaluated. It is truly a shame that such a wonderful school with caring parents and dedicated teachers are brought down to this level because of the Administration staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Bowie High School is a good school the counselor Mrs. Nelson is excellent and quite helpful. I do wish the class sizes could be smaller and we could build another high school so the school would'nt be so overcrowded.

  • (5 years ago)

    Bowie High school in my opinion is a great school there classes and other programs are well structured thanks to the Staff As a Student From the school i am glad to be attending the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is a nice school and personally i like what Mrs. Spence is doing with the the environment. She has improved the academics and has lowered the amount of misconduct in the school too. So Mrs. Spence keep it up and thank you for everything.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think bowie is a great school to send your child too because they get to express their creativity and express their opinions. I think teachers there are nice and teach very well. My son went to Longreach high and had a very hard problem there and he wasnt happy so I brought him to bowie he has been getting 4.0 ever since thank you Bowie

  • (6 years ago)

    Bowie is a good school. It could be better if we could reduce class sizes more.

  • (6 years ago)

    Summit program is excellent. If you have a child who wants to achieve they can. Plenty of extra curricular activities and opportunites to shine. Motivated students and good teachers. Bowie is a great place to be!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have found that if your child is in honors or AP classes all is well but when your child is dropped into a 'regular' class grades suffer. The classroom kids are so out of control in the 'regular' classes that the teachers cannot teach.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are nice and can really help if you listen and do your work.

  • (7 years ago)

    With the new principal the future of Bowie seems to be shaping up. Extracirruculars are well announced with posters EVERYwhere and announcements EVERYday. The school is very much overcrowded but not as rowdy as one would expect. All in all I have enjoyed my experience here and I feel like they are too many kids who are smart but they never put in effort but the teacher's never encourage that. Also many teachers do not put in enough towards students but they will contact parents in a heartbeat for disciplinary problems. Also the courses offered there are soo splendid! they Offer many AP classes and many oppurtunities to think outside your box. The core courses do need work though.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a few days from graduating Bowie High and it has certainly been a wonderful experience. For the past four years I have been in the Summit Scholar program. There has been a maximum of 25 people in my class the entire four years. Most of the time however it was about 20 students per classroom. Bowie High School is a very good school as long as your dedicated and willing to learn. The honors program isn't as grand as it used to be but extracurricular activites are always going on and advertised frequently. It's true that there is not enough parent involvement and if parents could step in then Bowie could be an amazing school. Not to forget the teachers are educated the students are just unwilling to learn.

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