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Welcome to James H. Bowen HS

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Bowen High School, named after developer James H. Bowen, the "Father of South Chicago," is a new 9th-12th grade high school. We offer an array of Advanced Placement, performing arts, and enrichment courses, including AP Studio Art, AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature & Composition, dance, show choir, sculpture, ceramics, robotics, and “Cooking is Math!”

We welcome you to our website and know you will find it a useful tool for the benefit of every student within our walls. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff here at Bowen High School, and we encourage you to visit and see why our students, teachers, and parents make BHS a great place to grow and learn.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Boilermaker Family, 

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! All of us at BHS look forward to seeing our students for the new academic year. The beginning of each school year is a time filled with great anticipation of what is to come. We are excited to announce significant improvements to our building including a new pre-engineering laboratory, a new weight room, and bright, new lighting for our gymnasium. 

Student academic success is the main goal of every staff member at BHS. We believe every student will learn to the highest level, and we are prepared to offer more time and support to every student that needs it. Through MATCH, Inc, most of our freshmen students will receive small group mathematics tutoring to support their conceptual math knowledge. Through our K-12 learning and Illinois Virtual School online courses,  students have the opportunity to recover credits missed or get a jump-start on credit hours toward graduation. Through our READ 180 programming, students receive a double dose of literacy instruction to help them read at or beyond grade level. Our staff is comprised of highly qualified educators who are committed to providing students with the support they will need to develop into lifelong learners. Unlike many schools on the south side of Chicago, we offer students numerous opportunities to personalize their education to better prepare them for future education and career decision making.

Our goal is to provide students with an equitable educational experience that is standards-based, measurable, attainable, relevant, and allows them access to technology. This is driven by the belief that all students will learn, that relationships are central to success, and that all students have gifts to contribute to the community.

I look forward to working with each of you this school year. Let’s make it the best one ever!


Nia Abdullah

Nia Abdullah