Nathaniel Bowditch Middle
School is a public middle school in Foster City, California.
It was built in the late 1960s, and makes
use of the pod system of architecture
that was popular during that time period. Bowditch is located in
a residential area and across the street
from a levee which follows the San Francisco
Due to the affluence of Foster City and the
families whose children attend the school, Bowditch has a highly
involved parent community and is relatively wealthy compared to
other area middle schools. Bowditch serves over 990 students.
Bowditch offers a variety of courses, including art
, music (both band
, and Spanish
. It is among one of the few schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District to
offer geometry and the only school to offer
Students meeting certain academic requirements
have the option of combining some language arts courses in order to
increase the number of elective courses that they may take.
Bowditch is a member of the Art David Athletic League (ADAL), and
offers golf, volleyball, basketball, track and field, tennis, and
soccer. All teams are available to all grades, however volleyball
is girls only. Basketball has 2 teams per grade level. Sixth
graders season will start a little later than 7th and 8th graders.
Each team's season will have 10 games each. The top 4 will advance
to the playoffs. Playoff games are single round elimination. If you
reach the finals, you will have played an extra 3 games.
Bowditch has many extracurricular programs, including student council
, music, drama, and sports.
Bowditch also sponsors other small programs including K.O.O.L.
Kids, an elementary school
tutoring program. Students from Bowditch also participate in
MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition. In 2007 Bowditch placed
first in the Northern California division and fourth in California
Bowditch Middle School was awarded the California Distinguished
Award in 2005. It was the only middle school
to be eligible for that award in
the district based on STAR
was accepted at Disneyland park in Los Angeles, and now hangs in the school office.The school also
gives awards to students who receive 100 block b points and
students with a 3.5-3.9 gpa and a ribbon to students with a 4.0