Academics

Academics

Bowie High School Profile

Curriculum

The academic program is organized on an A/B block schedule. Students may earn four credits each semester, with the potential to earn eight credits per year. Classes meet for 90 minutes each every other day.

The following AP® courses are offered: Art: Studio Drawing, Art: Studio 2-D Design, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Physics I, Psychology, Statistics, United States History and World History. AP world language and culture courses offered include French and Spanish. The AP program at James Bowie High School is an open-enrollment program.

Honors/Pre Advanced Placement classes are offered in Academic Decathlon, Algebra I, Algebra II,Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Application, English I, English II, French III, French IV, Spanish III, Physics, Spanish III for Spanish Speakers, Spanish IV, Spanish Literature and World Geography.

The Project Lead the Way curriculum provides an opportunity for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with an opportunity to take the following PLTW certified courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics and Engineering Design and Development. Students interested in Biomedical Science have an opportunity to take the following PLTW certified courses: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovation. These courses receive weighted GPA.

The Dual Enrollment Program enables juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses for which they may receive high school and college credit. Dual Enrollment courses offered include United States History, Psychology, Sociology, United States Government, Economics and English IV.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme® is available for students to apply for admission as diploma candidates at the beginning of their junior year.  James Bowie High School offers twenty seven courses in six subject groups. The following IB® courses offered: AB Initio Spanish I SL, AB Initio Spanish II SL, Biology HL, Biology SL, Chemistry SL, Computer Science SL, English III HL, English IV HL, Film HL, Film SL, French III SL, French IV HL, History of the Americas HL, Information Technology in a Global Society HL, Information Technology in a Global Society SL, Math HL, Math SL, Math Studies SL, Music HL, Music SL, Physics SL, Psychology SL, Spanish III SL, Spanish IV SL, Theory of Knowledge, Visual Art HL and Visual Art SL.

Grading and Ranking

Equivalent Numerical

Values Grade Regular Level Honors Level
97 – 100 A+ 12 15
93 – 96 A 11 14
90 – 92 A- 10 13
87 – 89 B+ 9 12
83 – 86 B- 8 11
80 – 82 B 7 10
77 – 79 C+ 6 9
73 – 76 C 5 8
70 – 72 C- 4 7
Below 70 F 0 0

Grade Point Average = Grade Points Earned + Number of Non-Exempt Classes Attempted

Rank

Rank in class is determined by the courses taken in residence during the regular term for which the student receives a grade and counts towards graduation. Course grades receiving three units shall be included three times in average. Students are officially ranked at the end of each semester and all students are included in computing class rank. All honor graduates are determined at the end of the fifth six-week period of the senior year. Honor graduates will be students in the following categories of the senior class:

Valedictorian – highest grade point average Salutatorian -   second highest grade point average

Summa Cum Laude – top 2 percent (includes valedictorian/salutatorian) Magna Cum Laude – top 10 percent

Cum Laude – top 20 percent

To be considered for Summa Cum Laude honors a student must have been enrolled for the final four semesters at James Bowie High School.

Class of 2015 

There were 638 graduates in the Class of 2015.

-        120 earned 4.0+

-        120 earned 3.5 – 3.99

-        150 earned 3.0 – 3.49

-        136 earned 2.50 – 2.99

-          79 earned 2.0 – 2.49

-          33 earned less than a 2.0

Standardized Test Results

54% of the Class of 2015 (344) took the SAT® 38% of the Class of 2015 took the ACT®
Middle 50% Critical Reading 430 - 500 Middle 50% Composite 18.6
Middle 50% Math 460 - 520
Middle 50% Writing 420 - 480

Advanced Placement Results

  • In May 2015, 313 students took Advanced Placement® Exams
  • A total of 659 exams were taken in 20 subjects
  • 19% of the AP® exams received scores of 3 or higher
  • 13 AP Scholars, 1 AP Scholar with Honor, 2 AP Scholars with Distinction

Post High School Placement 

  • 48% matriculated to 4-year colleges/universities
  • 40% matriculated to community/junior colleges
  • 12% selected military service, immediate employment or technical institutions

Awards and Distinctions, 2014 – 2015

  • 29 International Baccalaureate Diploma recipients (100% of students scored at least a 4 on one or more HL (International Baccalaureate High Level) exams)
  • 2 National Merit Commended Students
  • 2 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

Colleges Attended by James Bowie High School Graduates from the Last Four Years

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Arizona, University of
  • Arizona State University
  • Arkansas, University of
  • Arkansas-Pine Bluff, University of
  • Austin College
  • Barry University
  • Baylor University
  • Cornell University
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • DeVry University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Furman University
  • Grambling State University
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Henderson State University
  • Hendricks College
  • Houston, University of
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Howard University
  • Howard Payne University
  • Incarnate Word, University of
  • Kansas, University of
  • Kansas State University
  • Kilgore Junior College
  • Le Cordon Bleu
  • Louisiana State University
  • Malcolm X College – Chicago
  • Missouri, University of
  • Missouri State University
  • Nebraska, University of
  • New Mexico State University
  • North Carolina, University of
  • North Colorado, University of
  • North Texas, University of
  • North Texas at Dallas, University of
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma, University of
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Pennsylvania, University of
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rice University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern Mississippi, University of
  • Spellman College
  • Stanford University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Tarrant County College
  • Texas at Arlington, University of
  • Texas at Austin, University of
  • Texas at San Antonio, University of
  • Texas A&M – College Station
  • Texas A&M – Commerce
  • Texas A&M – Galveston
  • Texas A&M – Kingsville
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • Tulane University
  • Tulsa, University of
  • Tyler Junior College
  • University of Southern California
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Toronto
  • Weatherford College
  • Wellesley College
  • West Texas A&M University
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