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About This School

Bowditch Middle School is a public middle school in Foster City. The principal of Bowditch Middle School is Judy Ross. 952 children attend Bowditch Middle School and are mostly Unspecified, Hispanic, and Filipino. 6% of the Bowditch Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 7% of the 952 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Bowditch Middle School is 21:1. Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 7%
Hispanic 7% 30%
Filipino 6% 4%
Asian 50% 21%
Multiracial 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 36% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0% 11198%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 30%
Limited English proficiency 6% 26%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (12 months ago)


  • (1 year ago)

    So far bowditch has been my favorite middle school. The teachers are great and supportive they offer many different courses and provide an excellent environment for the students. I really hope they don't cut any more courses though. Some of my favorite classes have been cut such as wood shop. Bullying is definitely not a problem at this school and i definitely recommend Bowditch if you want your child to have a safe academic and social experience.

  • (2 years ago)

    It's just average. I mean yes Foster City is a great place and it is not dangerous and people are smart. However they seem to be lacking in advanced courses. They have nothing special or unique. They cut the advanced pre algebra for the seventh graders no pre algebra for the sizth graders and they do not have advanced music bands. They also do not have advanced English courses. They do have algebra 1 geometry or algebra 2 for the most advanced students but the above average students who are not yet ready to take the high school math courses yet are having their classes with everyone else. Students who took pre algebra and got all As should not be retaking pre algebra again the following year. They may not be quite ready for the Algebra HS but they surely can manage Algebra general if not Advanced pre algebra. I think cutting the advanced pre algebra is making the students get angry. They aren't learning new things and are bored and waste their time by finishing their work early. I think seventh graders should be able to be in Algebra general which is fairly different from algebra HS.

  • (3 years ago)

    Perfect faculty and staff we are glad to have our kids there. Thank you! Bowditch's education is great and exceptional.

  • (4 years ago)

    From the progress I have observed from my niece I can see that she has matured and great deal and understands all the concept that is being taught in the school. It's fantastic to have a school that goes to great lengths in order for children to get a decent education.

  • (4 years ago)

    I graduated from Bowditch last year and I still miss it! Bowditch has one of the best music programs especially ever since Mr. McElroy started teaching. He is very patient with students. The budget cuts bother me a lot and I really hope that the arts programs do not get cut back. Bowditch makes fantanstic musicials each year and they look truly professional and worth watching. Once in high school the students from Bowdtich are clearly above average in their class. A lot of Bowdtich alums also continue onto great colleges also. I admire all the teachers that have taught me. I did not know how much they have helped me until I got to high school. Bowditch's education is above average and exceptional.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great faculty and staff and the kids are a real testament to their efforts! Thank you~

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended Bowditch for about 3-4 months. During the time I was there I got beaten up and bullied often. As for the classes it was very hard to understand some of the teachers. I normally get A's in math but the math teacher had a very strong Indian accent and it was hard to understand her so I got a D. After a few weeks I started to dread going there. If you are considering sending your kid to Bowditch make sure that they can handle all the bullying.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my second time as a Bowditch parent as my children are 9 years apart. I am happy to report that the school has maintained its high qulality standards through consistency with many teachers administrative staff and a very high percentage of quality parent involvement. If you also value being involved as a parent this is a good school of choice.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm in 8th grade and adore going to Bowditch. It may be overcrowded but all the staff people and teachers are just great. Some people think Bowditch gives too much homework but thats because some people are a bit lazy or dont try. Bowditch tries to have people excel and become better not average. I recomend Bowditch if you want your child to excel.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's an amazing school with great programs and I'm very happy there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a 6th grader at Bowditch and so far am not that happy there. My child is really struggling with his grades and dispite constant meetings and conversations with teachers I am unable to get any sort of help. I am always notified with a letter that he's recieved a bad grade but no action is ever taken to help him. I was told I could hire a tutor but unfortuatly I cannot afford that. I feel completly stuck as there is no other middle school option for us.

  • (5 years ago)

    It cares and supports its students!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have three children who graduated from Bowditch. The Math curriculum is excellent since you can excel to different levels Algebra I Geometry or Algebra II math levels. This would help you in later years in high school. The language programs Spanish French and Mandarin are helpful in expediting and mastering the language in High School. The Band Orchestra and Art Performance programs are excellent to improve your motor skill coordination and team work. The sports in Athletic Tennis Soccer and Basketball also provide the school team spirits team work and individual challenges and satisfactions.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am in 6th grade at bowditch and i love it. This is the first year for me at public school and my transition was quite smooth. The academics challenge me and teach me a lot. Many of the teachers are great but some are only mediocer. The homework is sometimes challenging but if you pay attenttion in class it will be quite easy. I really like Bowditch and I recommend it to all students.

  • (6 years ago)

    im in 8thgrade at bowditch and some of these reviews are ridiculous. prison-like? are you serious? bowditch has a great discipline program and isn't harsh with their punishments. the teachers are great and our counselor is loved by everyone. overall bowditch is a great school

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a current 8th grader at Bowditch Middle School I did not attend Bowditch for 7th and 6th grade; at first I was scared that I would not have any friends. Turns out I was wrong. I made many friends this year. Academically Bowditch is a great school all my teachers are amiable (although some do have a tough grading scale). I recommend Bowditch to all parents and students. -A.P.B

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that bowditch is a good school but too much homework. I'm being overworked and don't have time to do anything else like playing and practicing extra curricular.

  • (7 years ago)

    Blowtorch is an excellent school. The teachers are among the lowest paid in the county and the District does not seem to care as the teachers have been forced to strike twice however my students have had a wonderful education and succeeded well in high school thanks to Bowditch. (In spite of a rather non-caring district.)

  • (7 years ago)

    Our child began Bowditch with a so-so C-B grade average. With other students striving for high grades it gave her the incentive to do the same. Proud to say she stayed on honors throughout the 6th grade. Her friend pool has grown dramatically as well as her participation in sports. A soccer player and now track team. We give our highest compliments to the staff teachers and parents...what a great group. Now our second C-B child has entered Bowditch this year and has been bringing home A's. Perhaps it's the water? His whole attitude toward getting good grades participating in class etc. has improved dramatically. Our gratitude to everyone at Bowditch.

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