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October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

The high quality staff, enduring stability of the school and its mission, low student teacher ratios and abundant learning support have yielded proven results for our son. The Gow boarding school environment provided the structure for educational development and his growth as a young man. More than just book learning, it is a total environment teaching the best of values and respect for others. Our son is happy and looking forward to college.

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the improved self-confidence and educational achievements of our son

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increase the financial endowment of the school

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

my nane is jerome janik i attended the G.S.S.P from 200-2005 . It help me so much with the school focus on my school work . I would like to thank thesepeople that still work at gow where counselors when I attended the camp Jon chafin , Ben Duffty and Lynn Ottway those peopleme and other help with other on my social skill during my teen year . the G.S.S.P help me get in to collge if it wasn't for G.S.S.P. It will help your kids to get to college i know i hard time but if you send your children there you will see change in them after the camper over.

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this program help me so much i wouldn't be where am today if it weren't for these people like Jon Chifin and the Duffty's and Matt Walker, Breat Marcox and Lynn Ottway . This program will change your children life for ever i wouldn't made it to collge and advoterios for myself and i can't forget the enter staff from cooks, to nurse they work all year thank you G.S.S.P everyone who worked thier when i went there god bless I hpoe this place will be here forever.

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no changers in the program

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

We have been extremely pleased with the quality education our 9 year old son Otto has been receiving at the Gow School Summer Program. He enter the summer school program two years ago as one of the youngest students. As parents we have been confident in the program and have found the staff to be highly trained and ready to teach our son. We can not tell you enough how our son has grown over the last two summers at the GOW. He is becoming more confident, independent and determined to be successful. He has found a new world of possibilities. After his first summer at Gow, Otto said it best while he was doing his regular education school work, he looked at me and said "Dad the Gow School really did help me".

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As parents we have seen improvement and confidence in his school work.

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I would not change anything.

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October 30, 2010

A Gow education helped my son cope and understand how to deal with his dyslexia. He would not be at the college he currently attends nor would he have the confidence and the academic skills to be successful there. The staff and faculty at Gow have created an incredible environment for boys to flourish. The faculty have committed their lives to teaching these boys and their dedication and expertise is key to why Gow is such a great school. Their Reconstructive Language program makes them unique and the small student to faculty ratio allows for each student to get the most out of each class. We love this school and we are so thankful for all that Gow has done for our son.

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As a parent, Gow was the right school for our son and I would encourage other parents to highly consider this school for their son.

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I have no changes to offer.

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

After years of inadequate special ed assistance through various public and private schools and tutors, my son's LD difficiencies and frustrations with himself only grew. It had gotten to a critical point in which he'd fallen a few years behind in grade level, needed intensive remediation and was in need of a solid, sound structured assistance for his LD issues not found at previous schools. This is my son's first year at Gow, repeating 10th grade so that he can catch up his grade level, strengthen his defficiencies from the gap that grew over the years and even have the opportunity to consider college. From the get go he knew he needed the structure provided by Gow and commented on how much Gow is helping him...giving him the assistance he needs. Gow has a grounded, dedicated faculty always looking to work with students to reach their goals and achieve the success not experienced at previous schools...I see this with my son and other students at Gow. Every time I have visited Gow, the school's faculty and staff have so greatly impressed me. The headmaster, Mr. Rogers, is dynamic, energetic and optimistic which carries across the school. Expectations are high for students. Students develop a sense of brotherhood, respect for self and others...this is evident when you meet and speak with students firsthand. The students are open, honest and so respectful and considerate. Gow is the first school of it's kind in this country and it shows that they know what they are doing. Continually at the fore front for Dyslexia and similar LD issues. I know that my son is receiving the best support available, growing his independence, self-confidence and esteem into becoming a young man who know talks about what he might like to be and do in college and beyond. Gow School is a really good place and healthy, safe environment.

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October 30, 2010

This is my son Stone's first year at the Gow School as a 7th grader. He absolutely loves the school. He enjoys the friendships he has made and he feels like he is part of the school which is something he never had at his other school. He really likes the one on one help that he receives in the classrooms. We could not be happier.

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October 30, 2010

My son graduated from the Gow School in the 2009-2010 school year. He was accepted into 5 top colleges and accepted at Alfred University to study electrical engineering. Without the help and guidance, I do not believe that my son would have made it out of high school let alone move on to college. If you have a son who has dyslexia or a similar learning disability, this is the school for him.

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by my son attending the school.

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Continue with the initiatives they have in place.

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October 30, 2010

My son is in his second year at Gow. I am a physician and he has both verbal and non-verbal cognitive deficits. Gow has a wonderful team of dedicated teachers, counselors, and support staff. It is a boarding school and is all boys which I like since it reduces distractions. The teacher student ratio is incredibly small and the instruction is top rate. My one disappointment is that the school is not more scientifically and medically based in its approach to rehabilitation, but I have not found that to be the case at any school for LD in the United States as far as I have found in my research. The school was traditionally founded to help students with dyslexia, and although there are students that have only trouble reading, most students with dyslexia will have more broad based cognitive deficits, both verbal and non-verbal. In short, dyslexia, in my opinion, is not a disease, it is a symptom of neurologically based cognitive problems. This would be similar to calling "unsteady walking" a disease is a stroke victim, instead of figuring out the cause of the stroke, the areas of the brain affected, and then rehabilitating the cognitive areas most affected by the stroke. Big picture conclusion is that the Gow School is a fine institution that is doing a service to these boys that exceeds anything else available, but needs to improve their approach in the future by somehow improving the integration of what is known about brain function and rehabilitation into their program.

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The growth in my son, both educationally and personally.

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I would have all the teachers enter into a regular continuing education program which stressed the principals of neuropsychology, developmental and cognitive psychology, and neurobiology. It would also help to have a neuropsychologist either on staff or on the board of directors. I would have all the teachers watch the recent Charlie Rose 12 part series on the brain.

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

My son attended Gow's camp last summer. It was a great way for him to continue his studies & support so that we did not lose ground over the summer. Not only did he make progress on academic measures, he had fun! It was his first sleep-away summer experience. He loved weekend trips and making new friends. He also learned to do his own laundry - now that's nice.

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summer camp for my son

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share the information with more families at his school for dyslexia in Maryland.

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October 29, 2010

Our 10 year old son was diagnosed with dyslexia 3 years ago. We found the Gow School Summer program and he's attended for 3 years now. The teachers and programs are of the highest caliber. They have given him countless opportunities to help him excel in his public school classroom during the school year. They've provided us with excellent resources, consultations for his classroom teachers and a forum to meet other parents and share common experiences. At the end of each summer, he's already looking forward to the next summer at Gow. We very much appreciate the support we have found for him at Gow. It is the best approach to education that we have ever experienced.

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seeing how much confidence and progress our son has gained with his experience at Gow.

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be shouting from the rooftops about how great these programs are, providing more training to outside educators and Special Ed Instructors and figure out a way to make it more affordable for people, so more kids could be exposed to the benefits.

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