School Details

Bowen Elementary School

280 Cypress St, Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 559-9330
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 & ungraded 447 students 16 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

79%
80%
57%
88%
85%
67%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Newton School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
76%
53%
82%
75%
52%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Newton School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
85%
65%
85%
83%
61%
72%
73%
51%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Newton School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bowen Elementary School is a public elementary school in Newton. The principal of Bowen Elementary School is Ruth Chapman. 447 children attend Bowen Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 8% of the 447 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bowen Elementary School is 16:1. Mason-Rice Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 5%
Hispanic 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 16%
Asian 19% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers our children had over the years were really great. The principal however should be looking for a different job. There is no leadership whatsoever. She is very dismissive and arrogant and is looking out only for herself not for the children. Kids are actually happy to be sent to the principal for punishment since they get crackers and free time there.

  • (1 year ago)

    Was a great still with great potential needs better leadership. I was so sad to watch its deterioration over the past several years. They have a mix of outstanding teachers and sub-par teachers. Principal focus is misplaced and it's unfortunate that her overconfidence made her dismissive of parents' counsel and input. Diversity is great and probably the best in Newton and on all levels racial ethnic financial..etc. Needs better leadership with strong vision to set the right tone and much higher expectations from teacher so it's not left to their personal motivation to invest in their students' education and growth.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers are exceptional. As others noted there aren't enough male teachers though. Only one class teacher is male. The leadership on the other hand is lacking. They failed to implement security measures in a timely manner. Although sign in is mandatory for visitors nobody is actually checking up on that and people can just walk into the school unnoticed. Not cool! Also the secretary is grumpy most of the time. A smile for a parent might go a long way! The PTO did a great job this year raising funds for all activities and computers (which should be paid by the district not by the parents btw) and organizing fun events. The after school care program is great and my kids love it there. The staff is amazing and they have about 50% male teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teaching staff is fantastic. The administration...less so. The administration's top accomplishment was a drop-off plan/traffic flow and the administration's greatest failing in my opinion is the failure to recruit and retain excellent male elementary teachers. The community of teachers children and parents is smart engaged and active. A great choice of schools in a stellar school district.

  • (2 years ago)

    Lots of young smart teachers and a great after care program. Very few male teachers however.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our daughter is an ELL student at K4 and we are extremely happy with the school both from the academical and social point of view. The teachers' care support and warm attitude allowed our daughter to feel comfortable and confident from the very first day in the school. We heard a lot of good things about Bowen school before but the reality exceeds all the expectations. 11 out of 10!

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(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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