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About This School

Edward T. Bowser Sr Elementary School is a public elementary school in East Orange. The principal of Edward T. Bowser Sr Elementary School is Mr Brian Heaphy and can be contacted at b.heaphy@eastorange.k12.nj.us. 719 students go to Edward T. Bowser Sr Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 10% of the Edward T. Bowser Sr Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 81% of the 719 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Class size at Edward T. Bowser Sr Elementary School is 19, and the student to teacher ratio is 8:1. Fourth Avenue Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Field hockey
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 78% 96%
Hispanic 22% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.08%
Asian 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 0.03%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 74%
Limited English proficiency 10% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My son will be going to the first grade and I think he had the best teacher/assistant teacher team in the world. I must admit I was very impressed with the caliber of work that they gave the kids in Kindergarten it was not the usual Kindergarten work. This teacher really prepared my son for the 1st grade I call them The Dream Team Ms. Harris and Ms. Jackson. If your child is going to Kindergarten I would recommend you ask for your child to be in their class THEY WILL LEARN. And they do such nice fun things with the kids too. The office staff is great Mr. Heaphy is just awesome and Ms. Baxter and Ms. Kelly you can see the dedication and commitment to the kids from them and they love to see the kids happy and learning. I attended my son's Kindergarten graduation that had to be one of THE BEST graduations I ever attended and I have older children LOL. And the parent party they had for us last year was truly amazing. Look anyone who had a bad experience you have to make sure that you are involved with your child's learning they don't have time for nonsense there. This school is only for those who really want to learn. Anyway glad to be able to post this review.

  • (11 months ago)

    The Edward T. Bowser Sr. Unique school of Excellence is a Public Pre- K-Fifth grade elementary school that services over 700 students. The student population consists of General Special Education and English Language Learners.The educational theme is Medical Allied Health and Spanish Immersion.The Principal Mr. Brian Heaphy and his two Assistant Principals Elizabeth Kelly and Natashia Baxter are committed educators who strive to ensure that every child attending this facility is encouraged to grow academically socially and emotionally through the implementation of a highly diversified differentiated- collaborative approaches to learning. The staff voluntarily provides creative academic extensions through the facilitation of clubs that fosters self expression.Classrooms are buzzing with constructive student chatter as students learn to become risk takers and take responsibility for their learning outcomes.We are proud of our many achievements such as the creators of the First play depicting the 150th years of the East Orange Community and the annual Math Bees( grades 1-5) and Math Olympiad( K).Bowser elementary is a true educational oasis where children love learning!

  • (1 year ago)

    this school is excellent the teachers are doing a great job with my kids. The techers are really nice and they always help my kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the first school year in NJ of 2 of my children and Im really unsatisfied cant wait to end this semester to change them. Too many complains about my kid and even their not doing a great job with him he is suppose to be in a more specialized education and he is so frustrated for the first time he is not learning nothing they are not helping him. I did not have this situation in the past. NOT RECOMEND THIS SCHOOL TO NO ONE not worthy!

  • (2 years ago)

    My grandaugther has been a student at Bowser for the last four years. The principle teachers the administrative staff and all of the support personnel are great. It is very easy to talk to anyone from the principle to any of the faculty or support personnel. I can always get an answer to any question. I know when I leave my child at school she will be safe and that she will get a quality education.

  • (4 years ago)

    My initial experience with the school demonstrated an atmosphere of caring nurturing and fostering environment for children.However this year I have experienced the opposite such as communication and responsibility issues which are very important for both parents and school. It is sad to choose to take my children out of this school

  • (4 years ago)

    I have found that the staff and teachers are wonderful. As stated by another parent if you are an interested and involved parent the staff are more than willing to meet and remain in contact with you about your child's progress. I have been extremely pleased with the level of assistance that I an my son have received.

  • (6 years ago)

    The staff and teachers at Edward T. Bowser are excellent. All three of my children attended this school and the teachers are very supportive and communicative. They always welcome parents to meet with them and discuss their child's progress. If you are an active interested parent your child will succeed because the teachers are committed to helping you help your child achieve academically as well as socially.

  • (6 years ago)

    I like this school because the teachers are great and they really care. My daughter has been in this school since kindergarden now she's in the 2nd grade and doing very well. And I am so fond of Ms. Kelly the Assistant principal I feel like I can talk to her about anything.

  • (8 years ago)

    The overall quaity of education is average compared with other schools within the district. Supplement your child's schoolwork it will help them greatly on standardized testing. The school climate is not that great. The administrators can be anti-social at times. Stay in contact with your child's teacher daily they'll see that you care and give your child more attention to satisfy you.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son graduated from Dr. John Howard in June 2004 after spending 2-5 grade there. The teachers are very supportive and Dr. G the principal is wonderful.

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