The Bowman Open Optional Program, a small “school-within-a-school,” is housed at Willard L. Bowman Elementary School on the southside of the Anchorage School District (ASD). The BOOP program offers unique programming to students while also supporting Bowman Elementary school-wide and Anchorage School District initiatives.
Our mission is to provide students with a strong foundation in all academic areas. We honor individual strengths, needs, and interests, and we support social and emotional growth.
The Bowman Optional Program offers education to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with multi-age classrooms, team-teaching, and assessments based on goal-setting, self-evaluations, and portfolios rather than traditional report cards.
Our program provides students with personal accountability and academic rigor, using the curricular concepts and grade-level standards of the Anchorage School District. Bowman Open Optional students participate in all standardized achievement testing required by the Anchorage School District.
The teachers, staff, and parents work to make the Bowman Open Optional Program a safe, supportive school environment where children are encouraged to challenge themselves and participate actively in their own learning.
Bowman Open Optional Program Features:
Personal and academic accountability
Self-direction within curricular frameworks
Development of organizational and time-management skills
Portfolio-based assessments / no letter grades or report cards
Critical-thinking and decision-making
Encouraging respect for self and others
Team-building in the classroom and across age groups
Communication, cooperation, and conflict-resolution