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.