418 reviews
  1. Austin Independent School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
4103 W Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78749
Telephone
(512) 414-5247

Bowie High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1200
290 responses
Average ACT
27
96 responses
AP Enrollment
24%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.36 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.36 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 117 responses
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  • Football games
    19%
  • Bulldawgs and hotdogs
    16%
  • Mr. Bulldog
    15%
  • Late start Thursdays
    15%
  • Bowie Idol
    9%
  • Theatre Productions
    8%
  • Basketball games
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,871
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,188
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,118/ year
National
$11,890
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.69 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.69 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.69 responses

Bowie High School Reviews

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Bowie is definitely very diverse. Whether you're into debate, wrestling, or even Dr. Who, you'll find a group of people that share the same interests. Due to it's diversity and size (it contains approximately 3,000 students), there are a lot of different classes offered to suit a student's needs. Some of my favorite memories at Bowie were during football games. At home games, the student section is always packed with teens wearing red and black. Also, Bowie's school spirit is incredible. From football games to spirit week, it's rare to find a student who doesn't participate. Even the teachers dress up! Although Bowie does have a few problems (like all high schools do), it is has given me so much. If I had to redo high school, I would definitely choose Bowie.
James Bowie High School is a great fit for students interested in fine arts and/or athletics. However, if students aren't, the experience can be somewhat boring. As a competitive soccer player I really enjoyed my time so far at Bowie. I've made life long friendships from my extracurricular activities and academics that Bowie provided me. My teachers really connected with me on a variety of levels, but I think one motivation of that would be my intelligence. I've noticed that teachers connect more with students who try harder in the classroom than students who don't. One thing that definitely makes my school unique is the lack of air conditioning and heating in the hallways for the 3,000 students whom attend Bowie. In the summer months, the hallways are 10 degrees warmer and the hallways in the winter months are 10 degrees colder. However my favorite experience at Bowie occurred during finals week. My debate teacher allowed students who were exempted from the final to preform Dance Dance Revolution in the hallways while the other students completed the final. Overall, I've really enjoyed my time at Bowie so far, but the building itself needs some long- due renovation.
The teachers at Bowie High School genuinely care for the students and want to see them succeed inside and outside the classroom. There is a great variety of male and female teachers and most teachers do not show favoritism. The teachers try to incorporate technology into the classroom at least once a week, whether it be online simulations, electronic quizzes, reviews, or having students complete essays online. Communication is constant and efficient between teachers and students and teachers promote further investigation of topics, for example questions or coming in outside of class to talk about it.
  • High School Sophomore
  • 9 months ago
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