Bowman International School

"Bowman's success lies at the intersection of ethics, culture, and academic achievement."

-Dr. David Fetterman, Dept of Education, Stanford University

An Independent K-8
Non-profit School


At Bowman we offer a unique educational opportunity for elementary aged children, built on the principles of Maria Montessori.

The Bowman program embodies core Montessori beliefs of respect for people and for the environment. We believe that creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of freedom, acceptance and trust. Freedom does not mean doing whatever we want — adults must be firm, fair and consistent in setting limits, in order for children to build such self-discipline.

Why Bowman Is Different

School News

The Truth Booth, September 19 & 20

The Truth Booth (, an art project designed to initiate cross-cultural communication, is a portable, inflatable studio shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side and is making its first appearance in the Bay Area at Bowman!  The interior is designed for someone to come in, sit down and have two minutes to video record their opinions and thoughts as they finish the statement: “The truth is…”  Our school teaches the importance of being global citizens and how to positively impact the world. The Truth Booth is a unique way of incorporating art, philosophy and sociology to help students and families better understand each other and the world around them, and be reminded of how the truth gives everyone something in common.  Since launching in 2011, The Truth Booth has traveled to such diverse areas as Ireland, Afghanistan, Amsterdam and Virginia, recording the answers from thousands of people. Students and families are invited to participate in The Truth Booth project on September 19 and to invite friends for a public exhibition on September 20.

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Upcoming Events

September 15-19: Artist in Residence, Jim Ricks and The Truth Booth

September 16: Parent Meeting

September 19 & 20: The Truth Booth on Exhibit

September 27: Oktoberfest

September 29 – October 3: MS Camping Trip