Gow School: New York, USA

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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.

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7 days boarding: 

36200 GBP

About the school

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.

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).

Students are housed in the school's dormitories (6) with typical double occupancy rooms. All dormitories have laundry facilities.

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Academic life

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.

Sport and culture

Alpine skii racing          
Alpine skiing
Free style skiing
Nordic ski racing
Nordic skiing

Golf Voleyball

Cross-country running
Outdoor education&survival

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.

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

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.

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 NY 14139

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