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About This School

Nathaniel Bowditch is a public middle school in Salem. The principal of Nathaniel Bowditch is Ana Hanton. 507 children attend Nathaniel Bowditch and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 64% of the 507 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Nathaniel Bowditch is 13:1. Collins Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 49% 32%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 56%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 50%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    They have so many programs to help the children and have International Party and Thanksgiving celebrations at the school and get parents involved. They have a coffee hour for parents every Thursday to come in and get involved and in the know of what's going on. They build self confidence and also incorporate Spanish as a bi-lingual school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is is the dual language program and loves it. The teachers show great patience and concern for the students and the administration works very hard on keeping parents informed. My daughter started the year as the 'wild child' and with some assistance and suggestions on time structure my little one has gone from wild child to star pupil. She had never been in a structured day program before so had a hard time adjusting. The schools response was immediate and extremely helpful.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are totaly in love with Bowditch School even that I'm not to happy in the city of Salem I will stay until my son finish the Bowditch School. and the dual lenguage is wonderful plus. I feel so proud and lucky that my son got the oportunity to be there.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has become a bad place for learning it stinks

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school for boys and girls in middle school espeacialyy the hispanics because my daughter forgot to speak spanish from after she came back from Puerto Rico and once she started back in 6th grade she knew both great spanish and english and she loved her school. Also the teachers are very nice.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has just completed first grade in the dual language program and we could not be happier. My second child will begin Kindergarten in the fall and I am thrilled that she too will be able to attend this top-notch school. The parent-teacher communication is open and easy. The parents are involved and welcomed into daily activities. This is a K-8 school that offers my child exposure to all types of activities including great art and music programs in a brand new beautiful and cheery environment. The staff including the principal are always available and helpful with any concern that I may have. I find it difficult to believe that a better school exists!

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a truly wonderful place for children. The teachers are dedicated and professional. The school community is active and involved. The low student to teacher ratio ensures that each child becomes the best students he or she can be. My children are in the Spanish-English Dual Language programs and just love it. I feel the early introduction to a foreign language gives them an edge that other schools just cannot offer. The school also partners with the Salem YMCA to offer afterschool programs that further enrich your child's education. We have had a great experience at the Nathaniel Bowditch School.

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