Support the BOOP expansion proposal

If you would like to support the BOOP expansion all letters to the board and department chair person's will greatly help. 

Parent Form Letter

Erik Viste, Sr Director Elementary Education

Dr. Jharrett Bryantt, Superintendent

Dr. Kersten Johnson, Sr. Director Middle/High school education


School board members

Margo Bellamy

Kelly Lessens

Dave Donley

Andy Holleman

Pat Higgins

Dora Wilson

Carl Jacobs

Mini course family survey

BOOP Calendar and upcoming dates

Important Dates for the 23/24 School Year:

** BOOP Upcoming Meetings (4th Quarter: May 1st, In-Person)  All meetings are from 6:00-7:00 pm **

More dates to note*

Feb. 13- Spring Picture Day

Feb. 16- Sock Hop

Feb. 19 – No School, President’s Day

Feb. 21-22 – 3rd Q Conferences & Portfolio Share

Feb. 23 – Teacher Inservice, no school for students

Feb. 29- Living Museum 5:30 pm (5/6)

March 8– Inservice for Teachers, no school for students

March 11-15 – Spring Break

March 19-21- AJT B2Wins (tentative) all grades

March 21- AJT B2Wins Field Trip (½)

March 25 - April 5 - State Science Assessment (5th Only) TESTING window

March 25-April 5 - AK STAR testing window (replaces Spring MAP)

April 5 - Bowman movie night

April 17-18- Space Camp at Challenger Learning Center–Kenai,AK (5/6)

April 19- School Closure Day

April 27- Rummage Sale

May(early)- Kindergarten Plant Sales (fundraiser)

May 3- Frindle Field Trip (½)

May 3- Overnight at Bowman for 5th grade

May 10-12 - Homer Sea Weekend 

May 6-22 Spring iReady Diagnostic

May 14- Lyn Ary Park for 3rd-6th 

May 15-17- 6th grade camp at Victory

May 20 – BOOP 5th and 6th Grade Book Ceremony & Speeches 

May 21 – Bowman Field day and DJ Party    

May 22 - Bowman 6th Grade Movin’ On Ceremony, 1:30pm; Last Day for Students

    BOOP End of School BBQ 5:30-7:00 pm

About Us

Families who want to learn more about our program can view an informational video here

Bowman Open Optional Program Features:

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 Open 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.