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Students age 12–18 years old continue to learn and grow in the Bowman environment while they work to earn a high school diploma.

Bowman Secondary uses Montessori philosophy and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma programs. Students work collaboratively together in mixed-aged groupings: Grades 7–8, Grade 9–10, and Grades 11–12.

Working on- and off-campus gives Secondary students in Secondary the chance to learn in context, an important aspect of both IB and Montessori learning. Students in Grades 7–10 take advantage of off-campus learning through field trips around the Bay Area and beyond, including: Boston, Washington DC, Civil Rights Trail (Alabama and Georgia), The Dakotas, Vancouver BC, and England. In Grades 11–12, students have a hand in planning the trips, working with staff to determine locations and logistics for language immersion trips, subject-specific trips, and culminating in a fully student-planned trip. 


Secondary Level Curriculum


Graduation Requirements:

Bowman classes use the IB curriculum and are aligned with California state and Common Core standards. In Grades 9-12, classes are aligned with UC/CSU A-G Requirements and meet all California state high school graduation requirements.

Subject Area Req.
Literature and Language

4 Years

Language Acquisition 4 Years
Individuals and Societies 4 Years
Sciences 4 Years
Mathematics 4 Years
The Arts 3 Years
Life Skills: Physical Education and Health 2 Years
Life Skills: Government and Economics 1 Year
Service Hours 100 Hours


Explore More About International Baccalaureate:

Bowman School is a Candidate School for the IB Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programs (DP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Bowman School believes is important for our students.



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