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MISSION STATEMENT: Building on a tradition of excellence, Bowling Green Schools lead the way in education for all.

Bowling Green Independent Schools are preparing students to be excellent citizens, employees, and future leaders, both locally and globally. Educators in our schools strive to get to know each child and their families, to provide the best opportunities to learn, grow, and connect to the world. 

BGISD has existed since the 1880s and has long been known for excellence in academic programs and success in athletics. The district serves approximately 4,400 students in preschool through 12th grade in eight schools: T. C. Cherry Elementary, Dishman McGinnis Elementary, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary, Potter Gray Elementary, and W. R. McNeill Elementary, Bowling Green Junior High, Bowling Green High School, and the Bowling Green Learning Center, the district’s alternative school. 

Approximately 62% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 49% are minority students, and 14% of students are multilingual, with over 55 languages spoken in our schools; Spanish and Swahili as the two most common after English.

All schools have been built or undergone major renovations in the last 20 years. The largest school, Bowling Green High School, is currently under construction with a completion date scheduled for August 2023. The overall project includes adding natural light to all classrooms, increased energy efficiency, improving traffic flow around the school campus, and most importantly, providing an excellent learning environment for students and for future generations. Features of the school include:

  • The Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy for 9th grade students;

  • The Medical Arts Academy

  • Culinary Arts Lab 

  • Band, Orchestra, & Choir Rehearsal Spaces

  • 750-Seat Performing Arts Center

  • 11-Lane Natatorium

  • Stadium with turf field & track

The Bowling Green Independent School District is located in the downtown area and is approximately seven square miles. Although the City of Bowling Green is larger than the school district boundaries, BGISD does accept non-resident students, families who do not reside within the district, as tuition students. Annual tuition for 2023-24 will be $500. More information about the application process can be found on the district website.

Bowling Green Independent Schools strive each day to exemplify the motto, “Excel­lence Is Worth The Effort.” To see more day-to-day activities in the school district, follow us on social media, or for more information call 270-746-2200.


Students, their families, employees and potential employees of the Bowling Green Independent School District (BGISD) are hereby notified that the school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or disability in employment, vocational programs offerings, admissions criteria, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

BGISD offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12.

Any person having inquiries concerning the Bowling Green Independent Schools compliance with Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 should contact Candice Peay Director of Special Education or D.G. Sherrill, Director of Pupil Personnel, 1211 Center Street or (270) 746-2200. 

Vocational offerings include business, office, family and consumer science, health science, auto mechanics, and others. For further information on vocational offerings and admission criteria, contact D.G. Sherrill, (270) 746-2200.