Bowie High School

4103 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78749
(512) 414-5247

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2895 students 17 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
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  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bowie High School is a public high school in Shady Hollow. The principal of Bowie High School is STEPHEN KANE. 2,895 children attend Bowie High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 1.0% of the Bowie High School students have "limited English proficiency." 9% of the 2,895 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 13% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bowie High School is 17:1. Crockett 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
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 25%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 8%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 35% 60%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.006%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 61%
Limited English proficiency 1.0% 27%
Economically disadvantaged 9% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    Bowie has many excellent teachers but my daughter is getting an uneven education. The Spanish teacher she had was unbelievably bad. Her AP English teacher has required ONE novel all semester. Teachers give easy grades to make up for student's bad grades instead of traipsing expectations. However her history teacher and physics teachers are caring and brilliant. Quite a few stellar students who would achieve anywhere and bring the school's reputation up. Great extra curricular programs. The school is getting too big fast.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bowie is a great school academically. My son loves the school and does very well here. I have no complaints about the academic education. But I do have concerns about their head basketball Coach Cellister Collier. He only chooses his favorites for his basketball team. He doesn't pick them based on skill but their what parents can offer him. His "tryout" system is not a tryout it is just so that he can humiliate and shame those that he doesn't want on his team. The district should investigate his practices. He uses intimidation on students and parents that he doesn't think will benefit him. He has become a detriment to the team the school and their basketball reputation It is time for him to retire. AISD needs to review his basketball program and tryout system. After speaking to many parents about this Coach many parents are very dissatisfied. After people are in a job too long they become burned out and are no longer in it for the benefit of the students. He clearly has overstayed his welcome the team needs someone young and new that can bring new ideas and policy changes to invigorate the athletics department.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bowie is a very good school with very good teachers. The counselors could be a lot more attentive and proactive with their assigned students. The principal could be more transparent and vocal with parents. You seldom hear from admin. 95% of news comes from the PTA.

  • (3 years ago)

    I traveled 300 miles to be at Bowie graduation. All sports including golf were mentioned at graduation The STATE PLAYOFF Lady lacrosse team was ignored and one ladydawg made All-American. No mention. I know about lacrosse and Title IX but this is outrageous! Remarkable grouip of young ladies. Either the Supt or staff at Bowie giving her comments are totally clueless and cruel for their omission by not mentioning their hard work and barriers they overcame to make the playoffs.

  • (4 years ago)

    I will be going into my sophomore year this August. I really enjoy Bowie. I have a lot of friends there and most of the teachers are good (but not all!) The only problem I have is that they give us such a large workload. I am ALWAYS swamped with homework and I get super stressed out. On a typical day I spend about 4-5 hours doing all of my work. It's extremely competitive here and you have to work really hard in order to get a good ranking!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a 2011 graduate of Bowie and I felt that she received an excellent education and that the teachers and administration strive to provide high quality instruction and an abundance of excellent extracurricular activities to enrich the coursework. The band art and athletic programs are fantastic and my daughter graduated with several scholarship offers from schools around the country. Her class was extremely competitive and set a new scholarship record for AISD by testimony of the Superintendent.

  • (4 years ago)

    Among the more excellent schools in AISD.. .I'm disappointed in the budget cuts effecting Latin German and some of the more important developmental curriculum. But nearly all schools appear to be suffering this crunch...

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two students at Bowie a senior and a junior. I am surprised at the level of disappointment with the teaching staff expressed in other reviews. My children have had a number of excellent teachers at Bowie several of whom I believe will serve as inspiring figures for them for the rest of their lives.

  • (6 years ago)

    They have a great football program-my son loves it!

  • (6 years ago)

    Best students best faculty best parents! Go Dawgs!

  • (6 years ago)

    The administrative leadership and knowledge is disappointing.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Bowie for my freshman and sophmore year and I could not have had a worse experience. Bowie puts students under so much stress that it was hard to keep my life together I found this with myself and my friends. As if this being a confused teenager trying to find yourself in the world wasn't enough Bowie would give tons of homework and I felt as if the teachers really didn't care about the students well being.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a junior at bowie and i would like to say that yeah bowie is a good academic school but the work load is too much the teachers dont really seem to care and they are either unprepared or unorganized. they usually give a lot of busy work. the band is excellent though!

  • (7 years ago)

    As a graduated Bowie Alumni and current Longhorn I would like to say that Bowie does an excellent job at prepping students for college coursework. I was involved with Football Student Government and Who's Who my senior year... Bowie is in the top tier when it comes to student organizations and involvement. Events such as Mr. Bulldawg and the recent success of the Football program serve to make Bowie an exciting campus. There is currently tremendous growth in the area. Overall I never felt threatened and graduated in the top ten percent of my class. Get your student involved and he/she will not be disappointed with James Bowie High School.

  • (7 years ago)

    Iam a freshman at JBHS the greatest thing about this school is football its the biggest thing for me and the shool work here I think is way to hard and its to much.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a senior at bowie and I have attended school here for all 4 years. The quality of education is leaps and bounds above other public high schools in Austin (i.e Akins Crokett or any others) . The competition is extremely high ( top 10% > 4.0 GPA). For a public school it is top of the line and the learning quality is unbeatable.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter just started attending this school and does not like it. As a parent I have been satisfied so far. For the most part the staff seems to genuinely care about the students and parents' concerns. However my daughter is having a difficult time breaking into the cliques and finding friends.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a current student at Bowie. I really like that the school is so big. It gives everyone a chance to have any elective that they want and also it is too big to have the whole 'popular' nonsess. the only thing i dont like is that the school is completly cliquy but once you find your clique.. its all good![

  • (7 years ago)

    My child found JBHS to be rather disappointing in that her teachers frankly were not intended to teach with the exception of a couple instructors. Most of her teachers though came to school either a) unprepared/unorganized or b) with a lesson planned filled with 'busy work' that does not help in preparation for college. On top of all of this my child was enrolled in all Pre-AP courses. However there were pro's at Bowie. For example the school spirit at Bowie is exceedingly high. Overall I believe that Bowie academically can improve.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent to a freshman this year and this year is coming to an end so I thought I would update our experience. I have to say that it's been great. The few times I have needed to contact a teacher or councelor I have gotten either same day response or response the next morning. My child doesn't have any behavioral issues so that's not a problem. She loves it there and for the amount of students they have I think the faculty does a great job. I am involved with a few things (not too many) and I really do suggest getting involved I think parents help out a lot of elementary then figure they don't need to in high school - but if you really want to know what's going on I suggest you involve yourself in high school. Go Dawgs!

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