Bowman Elementary

Summary:

Bowman Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska, serving 542 students in grades PK-6. The school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, with strong academic performance that exceeds the Anchorage School District and Alaska state averages across various subjects and grade levels.

Bowman Elementary's academic excellence is evident in its 4-star rating from SchoolDigger and its ranking of 28th out of 176 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's students excel in ASA/Science, STAR/English Language Arts, and STAR/Mathematics assessments, with significantly higher percentages of students proficient or better compared to the district and state. Bowman Elementary also stands out for its strong performance across diverse student subgroups, with several subgroups ranking among the top schools in Alaska. The school's diverse student population, with a balanced racial makeup, is an asset that likely contributes to its academic success.

When compared to nearby schools, such as Trailside Elementary, O'Malley Elementary, and Taku Elementary, Bowman Elementary stands out as a high-performing institution, outpacing the academic performance of its counterparts across multiple subject areas and grade levels. This suggests that Bowman Elementary may have effective strategies, resources, or teaching practices that could be shared and replicated within the Anchorage School District.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 11700 Gregory Rd
       Anchorage, AK  99516


(907) 742-5600

District: Anchorage School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
28th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,570 Help


Students who attend Bowman Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Hanshew Middle School
High:    Service High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  542

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.9%
Two or more races:
18.1%
Hispanic:
11.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  27.5% Help


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Compare Details Bowman Elementary ranks better than 84.1% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 17th among 63 ranked elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 77.7. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (45.9%), two or more races (18.1%), Hispanic (11.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 27.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bowman Elementary is 15.3, which is the 21st best among 63 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bowman Elementary is $19,570, which is the 10th highest among 63 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bowman Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Bowman Elementary 28th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Bowman Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Anchorage School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Anchorage School District 11th of 24 Alaska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Bowman Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 71.02 59th 213 72.3%
2006 71.73 67th 218 69.3%
2007 69.37 68th 212 67.9%
2008 62.02 101st 219 53.9%
2009 73.18 62nd 226 72.6%
2010 62.71 99th 229 56.8%
2011 67.71 76th 223 65.9%
2012 71.68 60th 227 73.6%
2013 69.53 67th 223 70.0%
2014 72.89 61st 218 72.0%
2015 52.93 109th 246 55.7%
2017 51.57 80th 180 55.6%
2018 65.15 64th 186 65.6%
2019 63.08 61st 185 67.0%
2021 62.93 68th 173 60.7%
2022 65.73 50th 171 70.8%
2023 77.70 28th 176 84.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 73.39 7th 73 90.4%
2021 52.47 22nd 45 51.1%
2022 58.23 24th 58 58.6%
2023 70.17 20th 74 73.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 65.58 9th 41 78.0%
2023 72.68 4th 14 71.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 31.49 11th 14 21.4%
2023 37.57 11th 16 31.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.03 51st 147 65.3%
2021 56.20 42nd 110 61.8%
2022 53.82 41st 104 60.6%
2023 67.61 34th 119 71.4%
See the entire list of Best Alaska Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Migrant students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 47.87 12th 24 50.0%
2021 60.43 4th 10 60.0%
2023 71.21 5th 30 83.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 58.05 74th 159 53.5%
2021 63.43 42nd 141 70.2%
2022 67.08 36th 143 74.8%
2023 80.00 15th 152 90.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 68.05 43rd 159 73.0%
2021 54.07 66th 142 53.5%
2022 56.31 59th 148 60.1%
2023 70.34 33rd 148 77.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 72.85 7th 41 82.9%
2021 63.90 6th 25 76.0%
2023 76.26 8th 36 77.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.60 12th 30 60.0%
2022 17.84 25th 26 3.8%
2023 61.82 12th 28 57.1%
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Rank History for Native American students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.80 13th 50 74.0%
2021 85.35 2nd 22 90.9%
2022 89.30 1st 15 93.3%
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Rank History for White students at Bowman Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.76 45th 147 69.4%
2021 58.48 46th 127 63.8%
2022 64.72 37th 137 73.0%
2023 77.02 21st 138 84.8%
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Data source: test scores: Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Enrollment information for Bowman Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 496 24 38 15 77 n/a n/a 0 650
1993 568 42 43 18 71 n/a n/a 0 742
1994 604 34 48 23 76 n/a n/a 0 785
1995 579 33 61 34 84 n/a n/a 0 791
1996 579 33 61 34 84 n/a n/a 0 791
1997 494 43 61 15 57 n/a n/a 0 670
1998 475 41 72 23 78 n/a n/a 0 689
1999 470 35 72 18 77 n/a n/a 0 672
2000 441 36 74 19 71 n/a n/a 0 641
2001 418 24 75 15 57 n/a n/a 0 589
2002 363 33 52 16 78 n/a n/a 0 542
2003 363 33 52 16 78 n/a n/a 0 542
2004 355 33 48 22 63 n/a n/a 0 521
2005 351 32 46 23 66 n/a n/a 0 518
2006 309 25 46 24 67 n/a n/a 0 471
2007 327 15 47 27 78 n/a n/a 0 494
2008 270 13 30 47 44 n/a n/a 71 475
2009 265 9 30 47 43 1 80 0 475
2010 274 7 32 36 41 7 70 0 467
2011 273 11 31 39 43 0 67 0 464
2012 254 9 37 36 34 4 72 0 446
2013 265 8 49 38 45 5 71 0 481
2014 257 5 59 33 46 5 67 0 472
2015 280 7 60 35 45 16 78 0 521
2016 282 6 55 45 40 13 94 0 535
2017 279 13 55 60 31 20 89 0 547
2018 299 15 61 65 34 19 110 0 603
2019 268 10 55 62 41 19 108 0 563
2020 289 16 52 63 33 16 101 0 570
2021 235 19 44 60 38 15 85 0 496
2022 241 19 47 57 35 10 93 0 502
2023 249 15 49 62 53 16 98 0 542

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Bowman Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 650 42.0 15.4 8.8
1993 742 0.0 0.0 7.7
1994 785 47.0 16.7 7.3
1995 791 0.0 0.0 12
1996 791 0.0 0.0 12
1997 670 27.0 24.8 6.9
1998 689 27.0 25.5 10.3
1999 672 38.3 17.5 6.8
2000 641 38.0 16.9 11.1
2001 589 36.5 16.1 8
2002 542 31.0 17.5 10.1
2003 542 31.0 17.5 10.1
2004 521 29.3 17.8 13.2
2005 518 32.3 16.0 14.9
2006 471 31.6 14.9 22.1
2007 494 32.2 15.3 19.6
2008 475 31.6 15.0 26.7
2009 475 31.1 15.3 17.7
2010 467 32.3 14.4 22.7
2011 464 32.2 14.3 25.9
2012 446 30.8 14.4 25.8
2013 481 31.3 15.3 26.4
2014 472 32.4 14.5 35.4
2015 521 31.0 16.8 29.8
2016 535 34.0 15.7 27.3
2017 547 33.1 16.4 27.1
2018 603 37.4 16.1 26.9
2019 563 39.5 14.2 34.8
2020 570 37.0 15.3 30
2021 496 34.8 14.2 n/a
2022 502 34.7 14.4 n/a
2023 542 35.3 15.3 27.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Bowman Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 650 42.0 15.4 8.8
1993 742 0.0 0.0 7.7
1994 785 47.0 16.7 7.3
1995 791 0.0 0.0 12
1996 791 0.0 0.0 12
1997 670 27.0 24.8 6.9
1998 689 27.0 25.5 10.3
1999 672 38.3 17.5 6.8
2000 641 38.0 16.9 11.1
2001 589 36.5 16.1 8
2002 542 31.0 17.5 10.1
2003 542 31.0 17.5 10.1
2004 521 29.3 17.8 13.2
2005 518 32.3 16.0 14.9
2006 471 31.6 14.9 22.1
2007 494 32.2 15.3 19.6
2008 475 31.6 15.0 26.7
2009 475 31.1 15.3 17.7
2010 467 32.3 14.4 22.7
2011 464 32.2 14.3 25.9
2012 446 30.8 14.4 25.8
2013 481 31.3 15.3 26.4
2014 472 32.4 14.5 35.4
2015 521 31.0 16.8 29.8
2016 535 34.0 15.7 27.3
2017 547 33.1 16.4 27.1
2018 603 37.4 16.1 26.9
2019 563 39.5 14.2 34.8
2020 570 37.0 15.3 30
2021 496 34.8 14.2 n/a
2022 502 34.7 14.4 n/a
2023 542 35.3 15.3 27.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Bowman Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,703 (8.7%) $17,867 (91.3%) $19,570

Data source: Alaska Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Bowman Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 61st of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 28th of 176 Elementary schools
 17.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Bowman Elementary)43.858.5
 14.7%
   All Grades Science (Anchorage School District)46.639.4
 7.2%
   All Grades Science (Alaska)44.736.9
 7.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students563542
 3.7%
African American1015
 50%
American Indian4153
 29.3%
Asian5549
 10.9%
Hispanic6262
Pacific Islander1916
 15.8%
White268249
 7.1%
Two or More Races10898
 9.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients34.8%27.5%
 7.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Bowman Elementary

Students at Bowman Elementary are 46% White, 18% Two or more races, 11% Hispanic, 10% American Indian, 9% Asian, 3% Pacific Islander, 3% African American.

Students who attend Bowman Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Hanshew Middle School
High : Service High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 542 students attended Bowman Elementary.

Bowman Elementary ranks 28th of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr.

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