The Gow School

2491 Emery Rd.
South Wales, NY 14139
Tel: 716-687-2001
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12, PG | 150 students
The Gow School is a college-prep boys' boarding and coed day school for students, grades 7-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
The Gow School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1909
Campus Size 110 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 150 students 295 students
% Students of Color 11% 19%
% International Students 31% 20%
% Students Boarding 95% 68%
Average SAT Score 1360 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1170 - 1570 -
Average ACT score 22 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 4 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 2 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 66% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $20 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,300 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,800 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,000 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 88% 58%
Director of Admissions Douglas B. Cotter '87  
Associate Director of Admissions Matthew A. Fisher  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 2 16


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 13
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Snowboarding, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 4 24
ExtracurricularsChess, Golf Club, Outdoor Club, Vocal and Instrumental

School Notes:

  • The Gow School admits young students, grades 7-12, of average to above cognitive ability in addition to a diagnosis of dyslexia or similar language based learning disabilities.
  • The School provides a daily Reconstructive Language Program (an original Orton based phonetic language program that focuses on oral reading, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary and written expression) and a multi-sensory classroom presentation balanced with solid college preparatory content courses.
  • Our students have a deficit in one or more of the following; reading decoding, reading comprehension, spelling, written expression, or mathematics and approximately 48% have an additional attention deficit disorder or auditory processing issues. We are unable to provide for students with documented non-verbal learning disabilities or those with historical emotional or behavioral problems beyond those of educational frustration.
  • We are markedly selective in choosing our student body and therefore quite successful in offering accommodations and remediation. The Gow School has helped thousands of students achieve their goals and dreams. All of our graduates are accepted to college or university.
  • In order to determine if a student could benefit from our program, I would need to review documentation of his learning difference. Ideally, this would include both a current (within three years) cognitive and achievement testing assessment (WISC III test and a WIAT or Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery). All of our students take major standardized tests (SAT, ACT etc.) with accommodations as stipulated in their own personal documentation that we have on file at the School. Most of our students are offered extended time, and a few are in need of reading assistance.
  • Students are in jacket and tie throughout the academic day. Maximum 6 students to a class. Each dorm room is equiped with internet access, cable TV and private phone with voice mail.
  • The school offers a Business Seminar class where the students run the student store "Little Seniors". Also offered is a robotics class offering "Battle Bots IQ" curriculum. The students design and build a robot for a national competition in a battle against robots from other schools.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia / Language-based
  • School accreditations: NAIS, NYSAIS, IMSLEC, TABS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. Francis High School * Located Near Buffalo, NY* (14.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Athol SpringsSt. Francis High School * Located Near Buffalo, NY*
    All-boys  (Catholic)
    4129 Lake Shore Road
    Athol SpringsNY 14010
    14.9 mi | 520 students | Gr. 9-12
  • BuffaloBuffalo Seminary
    205 Bidwell Parkway
    BuffaloNY 14222
    21 mi | 218 students | Gr. 9-12
  • HoughtonHoughton Academy
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    29.1 mi | 142 students | Gr. 6-12
  • St CatharinesRidley College
    2 Ridley Road
    St Catharines 
    45.7 mi | 630 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • Wellandport, OntarioRobert Land Academy
    6727 South Chippawa Rd
    Wellandport, Ontario 12345
    49.9 mi | 125 students | Gr. 5-12
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