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January 30, 2012

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October 28, 2010

As a young man with dyslexia, prior to starting at The Gow School in the fall of 2008, my son excelled in many ways. Now in his third year at GOW, he has risen to new heights and new levels. Conside... more

January 30, 2012

My son's attendance at The Gow School has changed his life. It has taught him how to learn. I am so impressed with the quality of the educators and the level of education he is receiving, as well as the school's other positivie influences.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 28, 2010

As a young man with dyslexia, prior to starting at The Gow School in the fall of 2008, my son excelled in many ways. Now in his third year at GOW, he has risen to new heights and new levels. Considering Gow’s reputation, it was certainly imminent he would grow, but I did not anticipate such a great level of maturity and scholastic ability, as well as personal growth, would be achieved in such a short period of time. It’s a testament to the teachers and staff, and to the students themselves. I am so proud of my son, and so thankful that we became involved with The GOW school.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my son excel and mature.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them show public schools how they can work better with students who suffer from dyslexia.

November 15, 2011
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November 14, 2010

My son benefitted from excellent teachers, but poor supervision by less than competent administrators and exposure to extremely spoiled older students ultimately led to his failure at the school and o... more

November 15, 2011
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my son was a student at this school. their lack of adequate supervision led to his developing a drug problem. ultimately he was ostracized by the school officials and i was treated with a total lack of respect, especially by the arrogant headmaster, who accused my then 14 year old son of being a drug dealer without having the decency to discuss his accusations with me. older students whose behavior went far beyond acceptable were allowed to continue in exchange for cash donations. their education system works, but a total change in administration is needed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

education of my son.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change the administration

November 14, 2010

My son benefitted from excellent teachers, but poor supervision by less than competent administrators and exposure to extremely spoiled older students ultimately led to his failure at the school and ostracism. The school doesnt do enough to balance the differences in material possessions among the different students, not to mention the drugs on campus. Arrogance and lack of communications skills are especially present in the headmaster and the director of admissions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's educaton there.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

As noted above, replace the headmaster and admissions director.

November 2, 2011

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1 previous review
November 1, 2010

My son has been having a hard time with his ability to focus, organize and be motivated to do his school work. Last summer I was researching some options for us during the summer and came across Gow's... more

November 2, 2011

This is the second year that my son has attended the Gow summer program and as expected it was wonderful. He had been applying some of what he has learned during the summer to his current school and it seems to be helping. He is planning on attending again next year. The combination of academics and fun is what makes the program enjoyable for him. His 10 yr old sister wants to attend but was told that as long as her brother was going we would have to find something else for her. Nice that they are fighting over attending school...

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 1, 2010

My son has been having a hard time with his ability to focus, organize and be motivated to do his school work. Last summer I was researching some options for us during the summer and came across Gow's summer program. We went to the open house to see if Gow would be a good fit for him. On the drive out to the school my first thought was this is pretty far, after hearing about the program and listening to the administrators talk the next thought was can he start today. The thing that made the most impact on me (and made me cry) was when Mr. Salerano said something like , we want your children to not feel like they are the dumbest kid in class, they are smart and capable. My son loved the program, is doing much better in school and will continue to attend the summer program. THANK YOU GOW!!!

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My son's self esteem and feelings about school.

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None, it is wonderful.

October 30, 2011

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1 previous review
October 28, 2010

My grandson began attending Gow January, 2010. It has been an amazing experience for him and for all of us in his family. He has not only grown academically, he has learned so much about what it m... more

October 30, 2011

Our grandson attends the Gow school. When he first attended he believed he would never succeed, could not compete with his peers and would have no future. Today he is a competent, contributing young adolescent. He is planning for, and looking forward to college.
Gow has been a life changing
experience for him.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen it transform a young man into a bright hope for our future.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have Gow have a presence on the west coast as well as the east coast. I would hope more young men could attend Gow.

October 28, 2010

My grandson began attending Gow January, 2010. It has been an amazing experience for him and for all of us in his family. He has not only grown academically, he has learned so much about what it means to belong to a group. He has new found self confidence and a belief that he will succeed in life as well as in school. The staff at Gow is always available to assist not only its students, but families. We are so glad we made the decision to send our grandson to Gow.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our grandson came home a competent adolescent.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to allow more students to attend Gow.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

We searched for a school that would best meet his needs on the internet, by other referrals, from friends.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To always believe that no matter what the challenges a child can learn if he has the correct environment and teachers who know how to teach him.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2011
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October 27, 2010

Our son was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was ~7 years old. After trying countless tutors and programs, we finally found out about Gow and sent him for the 2010 summer program. It was a great fit!... more

October 28, 2011
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My son is attending The Gow School for a second year. He is a Junior. His reading level went up 3 grade levels last year. His confidence is very high and he works very hard to learn as much as he can. This is a long way from where he was before Gow. Prior to Gow, he had given up at school and thought he was "dumb" because he learned differently.

He is active and confident socially and in sports and has many, many friends. Gow has been fabulous at helping to develop him into a well rounded, positive person that will make the world a better place.

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I've seen my sons confidence and competence grow dramatically through the discipline, hard work and focus on helping dyslexic young men use all their skills and minimize their weakness in reading to be successful in life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find ways to make this school less expensive for the parents.

October 27, 2010

Our son was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was ~7 years old. After trying countless tutors and programs, we finally found out about Gow and sent him for the 2010 summer program. It was a great fit! He had a very ggod time and learned a lot of strategies that will help him for the rest of his life. He is attending Gow full time. The work is hard and he misses his friends at home, but he knows Gow will help him improve his reading abilities forever.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the vast improvement in my son's ability to read

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the word out to more families that this terrific school exists

October 28, 2011

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1 previous review
October 27, 2010

We sent our son to GOW for a 13th year to better prepare him for college. The small classes which helped him to be successful, along with building his confidence plus the great organization skills he... more

October 28, 2011

The Gow School is an answer to any dyslexic student's prayer, as well as an answer to the parents prayer. Our son David was fortunate enough to attend the Gow School for a 13th year. This year was the most effective and important year of his education. This school better prepared him to go on and graduate from college and also better prepared him for life. We will forever be thankful to all who touched his life at Gow.
David now is trying to help other young people in the same way.
I would recommend this school to any dyslexic student from 7th grade on. You won't be sorry.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 27, 2010

We sent our son to GOW for a 13th year to better prepare him for college. The small classes which helped him to be successful, along with building his confidence plus the great organization skills he gained in that one year were invaluable. He left GOW and received a bachelor's degree from DePaul University. There are many times as a parent you worry that you made the right decisions for your child. Sending him to GOW was indeed the best decision we could have made for our son.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's success

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way for more students to experience this great school!

November 16, 2010

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November 16, 2010

"The Gow School saved my life, thank you”, these were my son’s words upon graduation after five years. He became more verbally expressive and confident academically through the extraordinary tutelage by the faculty at Gow. The strong RL (Reconstructive Language) aspect of the school’s program is a key ingredient to the students’ education. Extracurricular activities and facilities have expanded for the boys to be constructively engaged during their stay at the school. There is also an excellent coed summer program for children. This is a male college preparatory school that is operated responsibly, with great thoughtfulness and deliberation. The faculty and staff are highly invested and committed to providing the highest level of education. Leadership in the form of a head master and board of trustees is strong, disciplined and dedicated.

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Often when a student arrives at Gow self-esteem is low, the faculty and staff have a enormous job to educate its students academically, socially and personally. My son became a successful and productive adult. He developed a strong academic background as well as life skills while he was at The Gow School. Faculty and staff were caring and disciplined.

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The Gow School currently provides an outstanding program and maintains its excellent facilities. It is a fiscally responsible secondary level academic institution that addresses all aspects of young men's academic education, growth and development. I see no obvious changes at this time.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

The public school system was failing our son. Failing to acknowledge his dyslexia, to see his low self esteem problem and high frustration levels. They preferred to brand him as unfocused, unmotivated and lazy. Upon a recommendation from a psychologist in our area, he was evaluated by Gow and deemed to be a good candidate for the school. The highly trained and dedicated staff at Gow saw my son’s potential, his desire to learn and the need for reconstructive language and organizational skills training. Our son has attended two years at the Gow summer camp and is now in his third year as a full time student. Gow has made a tremendous difference in his life, as well as the family as a whole. He is becoming more confident, independent and mature everyday and is enthusiastically looking forward to college in his future.

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Parents of a student

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Completely satisfied

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

My son has gone to Gow's summer camp 3 years in a row. He has benefited tremendously from the outstanding academic side of the camp but also from the team- and leadership-building involved in all the camp activities. Gow has managed to find the perfect balance in marrying academic progress with serious fun.

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See above.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

The Gow School was the best two years of our son's school career. He attended the Gow school for 11th and 12th Grade. During that time not only was he successful at his academic studies, but he was also able to participate in sports, and he learned many 'life lessons'. He became an independent young man and is now a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Without the dedicated staff at the Gow school, he would not have acheived the potential he has. All the staff at the Gow School are the most dedicated caring and professional people I have met in the field of education, (I have four children so have met many teachers over the years). They are interested in seeing every single student acheive their potential, and committed to allowing all students to do this while at the same time preparing them for their careers after graduation. Our son and my husband and I are forever indebted to the Gow School and its truly amazing staff. We are and always will be supporters of the Gow, as we understand how important it s to give a chance for success to all dylexic students. Without schools like the Gow School, this would not be possible.

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My son's success is totally due to the staff at the Gow School

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to be able to give a million dollars to the Gow School as I am very aware of the running costs of a schol like the Gow School and the huge need for financial aid that many students need

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