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The Gow School

Grades Gr. 6 TO Gr. 12 — South Wales, United States (MAP)

The Gow School:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 6 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    4 — 5 students
  • Tuition
    US $58,750 to 80,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    15 day students, 135 boarding students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 2491 Emery Road, South Wales, New York(USA), 14139, United States (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Gow School

The 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.

School's Perspective

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How The Gow School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities. Focusing on small class sizes, 3-7 students per class, and a 4:1 student to faculty ratio, Gow offers a multisensory approach to teaching that enables dyslexic students to thrive."

  • 4:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • Average class size of 5
  • 100% College Acceptance
  • 28 states and 20 countries in student body
  • 125 acre campus

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We are highly selective on our profile of students with academic difficulties."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Our unique culture of success and belonging permeates throughout campus. With small class sizes and a level playing field, families are are able to find Hope with Action once they arrive on campus."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Our geographical location. Before enrolling people are worried about the distance but once they start travelling to Gow they realize how easy it is get to Buffalo."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Families often credit Gow to not only changing the way their child learns and acts but often times the family dynamics change in a good way. With Gow taking the pressure off of the families for homework, school, and much more, moms and dads can go back to being parents and less stressed about their child in school."

Summer camps and programs

The Gow School operates summer camps and programs. Click here to learn about .

School Facilities

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School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

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, or give us a call."


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