In search of more space for growing middle-school enrollment, the Palo Alto school district is exploring the idea of buying the campus of Bowman International School, an independent K-8 school adjacent to Terman Middle School on Arastradero Road.
Superintendent Kevin Skelly said the district recently has talked with Bowman's leadership about the possibility of sale of the 1.67-acre campus.
Bowman representatives could not be reached for comment.
Skelly said Bowman recently embarked on a search for a new site, reflecting its strategic growth plan and a desire to expand its arts and athletics programs.
Due to growing Palo Alto enrollment, Skelly since last year has been scouting the community for new middle-school space. Officials have said a new middle school could be needed in five years.
A Bowman acquisition would mean expansion of Terman -- currently the smallest of Palo Alto's three middle schools -- rather than the opening of a fourth middle school. Current enrollment at Terman is 682, compared to 1,023 at Jordan and 1,004 at Jane Lathrop Stanford middle schools.