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 the nation's oldest college prepatory boarding school for dyslexic young students.
We offer small classes in a structured format to prepare students for success in school and life..."

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2013 School Data
The Gow School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12, PG 9-12
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 1907
Campus Size 110 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 150 students 300 students
% Students of Color 11% 18%
% International Students 31% 20%
% Students Boarding 95% 67%
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

Acadmics 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 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 60% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $15 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$55,600 $47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$35,700 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 32% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $16,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 88% 57%
Director of Admissions Robert Garcia  
Associate Director of Admissions Douglas B. Cotter  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 2 15


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Snowboarding, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 3 24
ExtracurricularsChess, Golf Club, Outdoor Club

School Notes:

  • The Gow School, in its 85th year, 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 school is Buffalo Seminary (21.0 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • BuffaloBuffalo Seminary
    205 Bidwell Parkway
    21 mi | 204 students | Gr. 9-12
  • HoughtonHoughton Academy
    9790 Thayer Street
    29.1 mi | 136 students | Gr. 6-12
  • St CatharinesRidley College
    2 Ridley Road
    St Catharines
    45.6 mi | 625 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
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