Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
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One of best boarding schools in New York! Boys only boarding school in USA. The Gow School is college prep boarding school for students grades 7-12, with dyslexia and similar language based learning disabilities, which may include auditory processing disorder, ADD and dysgraphia. A co-ed summer programme is offered in July.


  • 7 days boarding: 36200 GBP
  • 5 days boarding: 23250 GBP
  • Needs based aid: Offered
  • Percentage of students receiving some aid: 30%
  • Merit scholarschips: Not Offered

School size and facilties

Located just outside of East Aurora, New York and only 30 minutes from Buffalo, the campus consists of 110 acres of woodland, a creek and beautiful buildings. Buidlings include 5 residence halls, a newly completed dining hall, academic buildings, library, 50,000 square foot athletic facility and student center, and an arts center with classrooms for music, drama, two and three dimensional art, robotics and theater.


Gow is accredited by the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Gow is a member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), The College Board, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA).

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 0 140 140
Day School: 4 8 12

Director Details

  • Name of Director: Robert Garcia
  • Address: 2491 Emery Road, South Wales, NY 14139
  • Tel: (716) 687-2001
  • Fax: (716) 687-2003
  • Website: http://www.gow.org
  • Rolling or fixed admission ? Rolling
  • Application fee: 65 GBP
  • International application fee: 65 GBP

Year Of Foundation


Some History

During his twenty years of teaching, Peter Gow Jr. was fascinated by students who encountered difficulty with print language.  He theorized that small classes and intensive drill would help these students to succeed. In 1926, he moved his family to South Wales, New York, where he converted a farm into a boarding school for young men.

Shortly after the school opened, Peter Gow, Jr. met Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a neurologist, whose reasearch indicated that a phonetic approach was the best way to educated those suffering from ''specific language disabilities''. Through teaching and working with students, Gow eventually developed Reconstructive Language, a near relative of the Orton-Gillingham method, which has successfully remediated dyslexic boys for over eight decades.

About the school

  • Long description:
    An American boarding school, the Gow School is an internationally renowned residential school located in rural South Wales, NY. Founded in 1926, Gow is the oldest college preparatory school in the country for young men with dyslexia. The students come from 26 countries and 20 states.
    An important goal of The Gow School is preparing students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences for college and a career. Therefore, all of the students takn and Orton-based phonics program called Reconstructive Language. In addition to small classes of 3 to 6 students, the school offers a range programs, including art, drama, music and robotics. The school offers structured classes and tutorials during the day, athletics in the afternoon, and a daily supervised study hall in the evening. Students are encouraged to earn college credit in the math and science programs.  In recent years, The Gow School has realized the need to broaden its reach to students who live in the local area. Gow now has 12 day students, including 4 girls. Although these students only stay for academic and athletics, they, too, are benefiting from the highly effective remediation and structure that The Gow School has been offering to boarders since 1926.

    Located just outside of East Aurora, NY, the picturesque campus consists of 110 acres of woodlands, encompassing over 25 buildings. The Reid Arts Center houses The Simms Family Theater, videography, art, and music labs. The 50,000 square-foot, Gow Center, complete with basketball court, tennis courts, large multipurpose room, squash courts, fitness center and student lounge, is the center of afternoon and weekend activity. The Donald Weston Dining Hall is a 10,000 square foot addition to the campus that was completed in 2009. In the beginning of 2013 the school opened The Alice R. Gow Science, Technology and Robotics Building. This 5,000 square foot building houses classroom space for the Science Department with focus on physics and applied technology. The centerpiece of the building is a workshop for the robotics program which boasts the new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine. This high-tech machining tool is a welcome addition to the robotics team at the school. Gow is one of a few schools in the country to have a CNS machine which is used to fabricate parts for the robotics program with the assistance of CAD (Computer Assisted Design) software. This machine gives students excellent hands-one experience as they explore the world of robotics and engineering.
  • Dorm facilities:
    Students are housed in the school's dormitories (6) with typical double occupancy rooms. All dormitories have laundry facilities.
  • Dress code: Formal

Social life & attractions

The Gow School focuses on student centred programs designed to promote leadership development, social and emotional growth, executive functions training, healthy decision making and self-advocacy skills.

Famous People Who Attended This School

Brian Talma
Quinn Bradlee

Why Should You Choose this School?

Students at the Gow boarding school learn:
1. to set goals for their own learning, to pursue their goals confidently and to take pride in their accomplishments;
2. to acquire and employ through discipline and practice the knowledge, procedures and skills required for college work in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts or Applied Technology;
3. to analyze and understand the use of language in all areas of endeavor and to arrive at effective strategies for improvement in listening, speaking, reading, writing and spelling;
4. to improve their intellectual ability through the rigourous study and expression of ideas;
5. to value a lifestyle of physical fitness and enduring health.

Academic life

  • What we offer ?
    Students at The Gow School attend classes ranging in size from 3 to 7 students. Teachers provide individualized attention and extra help, and communicate regularly with parents. All faculty receive on-going training in teaching methods designed to address language based learning disabilities. Multisensory instruction, organisational skills, and study strategies are emphasized throughout curriculum.

    Classes meet 6 days a week, and students take a minimum of six academic courses. Each student studies Reconstructive Language, Gow's core reading program. A daily tutorial period and supervised two hour evening study hall provide students with time to complete assignments and receive assistance from faculty.

    Graduation requirements include four credits in English, three in History, three in Mathematics, three in Science, including two in Laboratory Science, and a half credits in Visual and Performing Arts, on one half credit in Health. Students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives.
  • Number of teachers and their qualifications :
    43 men and women, 67% of whom hold advanced degrees. The average tenure for Gow is 14 years.
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Sport and culture

  • Sport Facilities:
    Physical fitness and athletics are an integral part of daily life at the Gow School. Varsity, junior varsity, and middle school teams are offered in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, Additional sports include golf, cross country, wrestling, squash, outdoor education, tennis and skiing.

    The school's campus provides and ideal setting for fall and spring sports. Gow's 49,600 square foot athletic facility allows students to compete and train indoors. The gymnasium houses a hardwood basketball area, tennis and squash courts, and a weight training and cardiovascular fitness facility.
  • Sports what we offer:
    Alpine skii racing          
    Alpine skiing
    Free style skiing
    Nordic ski racing
    Nordic skiing

    Golf Voleyball

    Cross-country running
    Outdoor education&survival
  • Culture and arts:
    Course offerings in two and three-dimensional art with emphasis on portfolio development

    Individual voice and instumental music lessons available.

    Multiple theater performances provide real-life experience with acting and production
  • Religions:

Interests & Activities

  • Support programs
    ADD/ADHD Support, College Counseling, ESL: Beginning, ESL: Intermediate, Evening Study Assistance, Learning Differences Support, Study Skills Assistance, Subject Tutoring, Technology Center
  • Languages & Humanities Courses
    • English Courses
      Classics, Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry
    • Philosophy and Religion Courses
    • Foreign Languages Courses
    • History Courses
      Asian history, Classical history, European history, Great Britain history, Medieval history, United States history, World history
    • Social Sciences
  • Advanced programs
    Postgraduate Year
  • Science & IT Studies
    • Science
      Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Health, Physical science, Physics
    • Maths
      Algebra, Calculus, Functions, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
    • IT studies
      Applications, Multimedia, Web design
  • Visual art & music & drama
    • Performing arts
      Drama, History of theater, Stagecraft, Theater arts, Theater design, Video & film
    • Visual arts
      3-D design, Art, Art history, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Graphic design, Painting, Photography, Portfolio, Pottery, Sculpture, Studio Art, Woodworking
    • Writing
      Journalism, Publications
    • Music
      Choral music, Individual instructions, Voice
  • Sports
    • Winter Sports
      Alpine ski racing, Alpine skiing, Free style skiing, Nordic ski racing, Snowboarding
    • Ball games
      Basketball, Golf, Volleyball
    • Indoor sports
      Aerobics, Wrestling
    • Racquet sports
      Squash, Tennis
    • Other sports
      Camping, Cross-country running, Hiking, Outdoor education & survival
  • Clubs and free time interests
    International Clubs, Newspaper, Photography, Student Government, Theater
  • Special needs catered for
    ADD/ADHD (specialist), Dyslexia, Dyslexia (specialist), Hyperactivity/ADD/ADHD, Learning difficulties, Wheelchair Access

Summer Programs

The Gow School offers a traditional Summer School Prgram experience for boys and girls ages 8-16. The 5 week session offers a specially designed curriculum for students who have experienced academic difficulties or have language based learning disabilities which may include dyslexia, central auditory processing disorder, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD and ADD. Summer Program participants cad be day students or live on campus and enjoy a full schedule that provides recreational activities on weekends and afternoons.
Since 1990, the Summer Porgram has successfully combined not only academic enrichment and remediation, bul also new experiences, opportunities and fun.

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Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools
Gow School: New York, USA | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

From the Buffalo / Niagara International Airport: Travel southwest toward Genesee Street to NY-33 West. Merge onto I-90 West (New York State Thruway) toward Erie. Take Exit 54 to NY-400 South (Aurora Expressway). At the end of Route 400, turn right at the traffic light onto Emery Road. Gow is located less than half a mile on the left. For more detailed directions, please visit Google Maps. From East or West on the I-90 (New York State Thruway): Take Exit 54 to NY-400 South (Aurora Expressway). At the end of Route 400, turn right at the traffic light onto Emery Road. Gow is located less than half a mile on the left. For Families Traveling from Canada The Canadian Border Services Agency website publishes current Border Wait Times.


2491 Emery Rd. South Wales, NY 14139, USA , New York, United States, Postcode - NY 14139

Phone - Ph: (716) 687-2073
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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