The Bowie Center

Where learning is as individual as your child


  Does your child need

    help with a certain subject?


   Does your child just want an

     extra boost to get ahead in class?


     Come check us out!

About Us


The Bowie Reading and Learning Center began in Nashville in 1998. Its founder, Dr. Bobby Bowie, wanted to have a center that would specifically address the issues of reading that were holding many students back. The Bowie Center was wonderfully received and very well respected in the Nashville community.

Making a commitment to keep Bobby’s legacy and vision alive after his unexpected and tragic passing, the Bowie Family moved The Bowie Center to our hometown of Memphis in the spring of 2006. Bobby’s dream will continue to live on through the success of each child who attends The Bowie Center.

The Bowie Center has now reached way beyond Bobby’s initial reading support focus to now include both a full day school as well as a complete tutorial program that aids students in every aspect of education. Each of our day school students has specific needs that we address, and so we engage those who learn best through individual and/or small group instruction. Our students go through a complete academic program including all core subjects plus electives. Some classes may be one-to-one and others may be small groups of 3-4, depending on the need of the student. We hire great teachers who believe in the Bowie philosophy that all students are individuals with the ability to achieve great things. At The Bowie Center, we focus on the whole child, building confidence as we strengthen both academic and social skills.

The tutorial program of the Center is able to support students with any academic need. We serve those who struggle in school and need academic support as well as those who aim to improve test scores and/or move ahead of the traditional curriculum. Each student is assigned to a specific instructor that will be with him/her for each session in order to build a successful relationship. Each instructor is degreed and many have or are seeking advanced degrees. We have a strong ACT workshop that hosts no more than six students per class so they receive personal attention. We also tutor individually for the GED, SAT, GRE, and the Praxis. As educators it is our responsibility to find the best way to open the educational doors of opportunity to each student.

The Bowie Center uses specialty programs in reading and math, both in the day school and tutorial programs. The instructors for these lessons are trained for these specific programs. All instruction is supervised and summaries are written and emailed to the parents after each session. It is our joy to be a support system to the student, the student’s family and school. Communication is the key to that support. It has been amazing to see how the teachers and administration outside The Bowie Center will go the extra mile to work with us in helping their students.

In 2007, we became AdvancED accredited and are extremely proud to be part of this organization. AdvanedED holds all of its members accountable to excellence in education and we are proud to be part of such a mission.

The Bowie Center is an extremely happy environment and we truly care about each one of our students. When they reach their goals we
celebrate throughout the center! We have the greatest job in the world.

Sherri Bowie Spain                          Molly Bowie Cook

Head of School                                 Head of Tutorial Programs