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The Gow School

   
2491 Emery Road, South Wales, New York, 14139, United States

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
6 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
US $64,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
4 to 5
Enrolment:
Day: 15 (Gr. 6 - 12), Boarding: 135 (Gr. 6 - 12)

School Address
2491 Emery Road, South Wales, New York, 14139 , United States

About this school:

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The Gow School is the oldest college preparatory school in the US specializing in the education of students with specific language learning difficulties. Since 1926, the school has been working with young students of average to above-average cognitive ability, in addition to diagnoses of dyslexia or similar language-based learning disabilities. Reconstructive Language, an Orton-based phonics class, is offered daily. The class remediates: decoding, comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary development. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of The Gow School

our takeThe Gow School was founded in the 1920s, though from the outset has based instruction in a very modern understanding, namely that not all learners are created equally, and that intelligence and an ability to succeed in school are two very different things. It's an idea that remains as fresh today (perhaps a little bit disheartningly) as it was when Peter Gow Jr. founded the school all those years ago. He believed that small class sizes and an open mind, when it comes to instruction, can make all the difference, especially for those who are at risk of falling through the cracks of a traditional approach to academics. The students at the top of his mind were those with some form of linguistic disruption—students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia or issues with central auditory processing. Gow believed that success for these students was a function of teaching, and for decades the school has been proving his point. All students—typically they are kids who have been struggling in a traditional setting—are aiming for college and university, and the school has a history of delivering them there. The program has changed over the years, though the spirit of investigation, of finding better ways to support learners, remains.





Upcoming Events Next event: January 15, 2018

upcoming events
  • January 15, 2018The Gow School Winter Open House
    The Gow School, 2491 Emery Road, P.O. Box 85, South Wales, New York
    Join us Monday, January 15 from 09:30 am - 12:00 pm

    The Gow School cordially invites you come visit our campus. Monday, January 15th, 2018. 9:30 am-12:00 pm. We are world class organization that specializes in the remediation of students grade 6-12 who struggle with Dyslexia and Language based learning disabilities. We are now accepting applications for day students for both boys and girls. Please contact us with any questions. [email protected] or 716-687-2001.


  • April 14, 2018Summer Program Open House
    Gow School, 2491 Emery Road, South Wales, New York
    Join us Saturday, April 14 from 09:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Come see what The Gow School Summer Program has to offer, Saturday, April 14, 2018.  Contact [email protected] for more information.


  • July 31, 2018Rolling Admissions
    Gow School, 2491 Emery Road, P.O. Box 85, South Wales, New York
    Register by Tuesday, July 31 from 12:00 pm

    The Gow School has rolling admissions.  We encourage families to apply early as spaces in each grade is limited.



Principal's Message

principal

M. Bradley Rogers, Jr., Headmaster

"For the last 88 years, Gow's structured program has helped students overcome their learning disabilities and succeed in college. To learn more about how Gow School programs change lives, visit www.gow.org, or give us a call."


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Gow School says: The Gow School uses a research driven phonics approach to remediating students that have been diagnosed with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities and attention issues.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Gow School says: Mathematics is taught using a multi-sensory approach. Some classes utilize a flipped classroom.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: Graphing calculators are required.


    Writing Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: Science utilizes a multi-sensory approach int he classroom.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Gow School says: Literature utilizes a multi-sensory approach in the classroom and relies on skills learned in Reconstructive Language.


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Gow School says: A multi-sensory approach is used in the classroom.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Gow School says: A multi-sensory approach is used in the classroom. There is no foreign language requirement.

    • Languages Offered: • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Gow School says: A multi-sensory approach is used in the classroom.


    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Gow School says: Assistive technology is incorporated into the curriculum.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Gow School says: No PE classes. PE is done via our athletics program.


    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at:
    Body parts Gr. 6
    Nutrition Gr. 6
    Human development Gr. 6
    Puberty Gr. 6
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 6
    Reproduction Gr. 6
    Pregnancy Gr. 6
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 6
    Contraception Gr. 6
    Consent Gr. 6
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6
    Gender identity Gr. 6
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 6
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 6
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 6
    Sexual harassment Gr. 6
    Body image issues Gr. 6
    Mental illness Gr. 6
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 6

    What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Gow School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    Gow School is a full-time special needs school. All students at Gow School are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Gow School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, The Gow School students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    789101112
    Gow School 90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins120 mins160 mins
    Site Average54 mins58 mins71 mins81 mins97 mins109 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).


    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 20 20 20
    Lunch recessAmount 90 90 90

    What Gow School says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Gow School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Squash
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
      Wrestling
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Scouting
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    789101112
    Boarding US $64,000


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid40%
    Average aid package size$23,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid40%
    Total aid available$1,400,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    www.gow.org/admissions/financial-aid-tuition

    Application Details:

    This school works with SSS by NAIS. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade21
    Average class size4 to 5
    Gender (grades)6 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)90%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Gow School says:

    https://www.gow.org/admissions/application-process 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student The Gow School is looking for: This information is not currently available.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    4 - 12 (98%)5 - 10 (95%)10 - 20 (98%)10 - 20 (98%)1 - 5 (98%)0 - 1 (100%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size35
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements2
    **Ivy+ placements1

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): RIT, SCAD, High Point, Marshall, University of Arizona, Johnson and Wales, Davis and Elkins, Virginia Tech, Norwich and Georgia Tech

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Battle Bots

    Trey Roski '84, The Creator of the Battle Bots program endowed a BBIQ program here at the Gow School. We are on of 120 schoools in North America that have this hands on applied technology. ...



    Student becomes the teacher

    The two decicated young faculty members have returned to South Wales to give back some of the excellent instruction that they have received at the Gow School. Neal teaches in the history department, and Brad teaches in the Science department. Both reside on campus. ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Associations
    • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Associations


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