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Senior Class College Acceptances

See which US colleges have accepted Bow High graduates in recent years.

View the Harvard and Dartmouth websites

Link to the websites of two nearby Ivy League universities.

Principal Mr. John House-Myers

Leadership of the school is provided by its Principal of seven years, Mr. House-Myers.

Ms. Colleen DesRuisseaux, Director of Guidance

Ms. DesRuisseaux provides students with support in and out of school time.

Ms. Leslie Bean, School Nurse

Looking after the health of students during school time.

Our Curriculum

The senior class of 2016 is an academically strong and committed group of outstanding young men and women. They are the backbone of our school’s culture, providing us with the spirit and leadership that has defined us as one of the top high schools in New Hampshire. We have placed among the highest ranked schools in the state wide academic testing every year since we have opened in 1997.

The emphasis of our curriculum is meant to provide students with a rigorous and relevant approach to their learning. We intend to develop students who are independent thinkers who use their minds well. The process of learning is embraced with the same vigor as its product. We believe that interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to become skilled, knowledgeable, and motivated life-long learners. Classes are not tracked and are heterogeneously grouped. Students have the opportunity to choose from an extensive number of courses for a school population of 625. We operate a modified, alternating day, block schedule.

Our academic courses can be viewed here.

The Mission of Bow High School is to develop knowledgeable, inquiring, and caring young people who will become confident, lifelong learners.  Our curriculum provides students with many rigorous and relevant opportunities for learning and growing through a variety of in-school and field trip experiences throughout the New England area. Our interdisciplinary curriculum – which integrates teaching and learning in multiple subject areas – challenges students to strive for deeper levels of understanding and application in the real world.

We offer a wide variety of after school athletic, club, music, and performing arts activities that the vast majority of our students participate in.  Additional programs that generate a great deal of interest among parents and participation among students include a wide range of Advanced Placement courses, Concurrent (Dual) Enrollment courses – that offer both high school and college credit for designated courses, and our nationally certified Project Lead the Way engineering program.

Finally, our class sizes are kept small to support individualized instruction, and a variety of academic support programs are in place to provide additional academic assistance to all students in all areas of need.

Unique Programs

The following programs are offered to US students - not all courses may be available to international students due to their length of stay.

Humanities may be defined as the study of the liberal arts: literature, art, music, history, government and philosophy. The three required Humanities courses are taught through an interdisciplinary approach, using team-teaching involving two or more teachers (one English, one Social Studies) and faculty in our art and music departments.

  • Studies in the Humanities –which includes English, US & NH Government & Civics, Economics
  • American Studies – which includes English, US & NH History, Art/Music
  • World Studies - which includes English, World History/Geography, Economics, Art/Music

Integrated Algebra I: the primary focus of this course is algebra infused with geometric thought and probability and statistics.

Integrated Geometry: the primary focus of this course is geometry infused with algebraic thought.

Integrated Algebra II: the primary focus of this course is algebra. Students are asked to solve problems that incorporate many math topics not limited to algebra. The next course in this sequence would be Pre-Calculus and then Calculus or AP Calculus or Probability and Statistics.

Integrated Science is a sequence of two required courses, which challenge students to develop and apply integrated physical science, earth and space science, biology and technology related skills and knowledge. Successful completion of these courses provides the student with a full year of physical science and a full year of biology. Students completing these two courses go on to chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, biotechnology and AP science courses.

Building Essential Skills for Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) is a two and a half-year integrated health/wellness, physical education, and career development curriculum, which is required of all students. The program is designed to promote life-long health, wellness, physical fitness and career development among all students. It is intended to provide students with the skills necessary to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. This course meets NH state requirements for P.E. and Health education.

Sr. Seminar/Senior Project is a required semester-long senior course which is intended to provide seniors with the opportunity to research and experience an interdisciplinary topic of their choice, demonstrating knowledge and public presentation skills. Seniors exhibit the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their tenure in the Bow School District through a comprehensive senior project community presentation and research component. This course is awarded English credit as well.

Project Lead the Way is an engineering program where students use math, science, and technology to solve problems. Engineering students at Bow experience college level coursework with an option to earn course credit from the Rochester Institute of Technology. The courses are from a national high school engineering program, Project Lead the Way (PLTW). More information about PLTW can be found at www.pltw.org Students do NOT need to commit to the entire engineering program of courses. Typical students are interested in engineering or in using some of the most advanced technology in high schools to solve problems with a hands-on approach.

Bridges is a program designed to assist students who may be considered at risk of dropping out of school. The goal of the program is to ensure that students experience a level of academic success and personal success that will assist them in leading productive, responsible adult lives.

Honors Option/Honors Challenge It is the intention of Bow High School to challenge all students academically. For students who choose to challenge themselves beyond the general curriculum requirements, we offer an honors option. Students may choose to complete an honors challenge in any of their courses. Upon successful completion students will receive an honors option designation (*) on their transcript.

Intersession is a unique three-day learning experience, which allows students the opportunity to explore interests outside of the confines of the school curriculum. Activities are planned, organized and supervised by BHS staff. Intersession participation is recorded on the transcript as SP-Successful participation, EP-Excused or exempt participation or NP-Non participation.

Visual and Performing Arts

Students at Bow High School are involved in both the fine arts and performing arts in and outside of the classroom. Along with a concert chorus and band, we offer guitar and piano classes in our music department. Students can also take classes to learn the history and theory of music. The fine arts department has a wide variety of course offerings from jewelry making, to photography, to sculpture and pottery. Our students develop their skills through a wide range of studio art classes designed for all ability levels, culminating in a portfolio development class. Additionally, both art and music are integrated into the the rest of the curriculum. Students explore the poetry of the Blues in their English class and create murals when studying various revolutions in history.

Bow High School students are also very involved with the arts after school, too. In addition to numerous concerts throughout the year, there are two drama productions. There are also many ensembles students can audition for, including an orchestra, show choir, and jazz band. Each year, we celebrate our students' work with an annual Spring Arts Festival and the results of their creativity and study can be seen and heard throughout the halls all year long. We'd love you to join us.

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