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October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

This is a wonderful place. As an academic child psychiatrist (married to a professor of special education) I had long known of Gow's reputation. When it became time for us to find a school for our son, a brilliantly talented athlete/musician with dyslexia, for whom school had been a soul-killing experience, we turned to Gow. Our expectations and hopes were exceeded. What makes Gow great? * A commitment to excellence on the part of faculty and staff that is communicated to the students. Great teachers expect great work. * A sense of decency, morality, and kindness. * A sensitivity to the social and emotional needs of the students. * Fantastic facilities in a stunningly beautiful setting. * A curriculum that is informed by both tradition and cutting-edge knowledge. Our son blossomed at Gow, as a student, athlete and musician. Most importnat of all, he came to Gow feeling stupid and left with a life of the mind.

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

The blossoming of our son as a scholar and a person.

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

Clone it!

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October 27, 2010

As a graduate I can tell you this is a fabulous school and community that is committed to the student. Without a dought the school is first class in every way, from its academics’ to sports there is a sense of pride for both school and student.

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

all aspects of my life. The school teaches a way of being, thought i didnt know it at the time, it works

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

nothing

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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?

my mom

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 27, 2010

I attended Gow in the 1950's graduating in 1959. In those days there was no term for dyslexia; it was just known as an obscure reading comprehension problem. Yet with the studies of Reconstructive Language and the strict discipline applied by the school most of us were able to lead productive, normal lives. Over the years those of us from that era have become regarded as pioneers. And Gow has kept up with state-of-the-art knowledge of teaching students with this phenomenon by developing a very precise curriculum with individual attention that ultimately removes the stigma of dyslexia as a handicap. It has become a gift. I remain very enthusiastic about what this school is doing and commit time and funds to its cause.

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

My life's work

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

Present it to the board of directors.

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October 27, 2010

Gow was the answer we had searched years for. Our son has struggled with dyslexia from the first day of school. We found Gow in his Junior year and it has changed his life. His confidence and self esteem have never been stronger and his academic results are the best they've ever been. Gow understands how to teach children with language based learning disabilities. Before Gow, our son said "I just want to know what it feels like to be successful". Gow has given him his wish and we couldn't be more thankful.

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

2009-current.

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

expand awareness of the school to all parents struggling with a child who has been diagnosed with language based learning differences.

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October 27, 2010

Not only does The Gow School change the lives of its students, it also changes the lives of its teachers. The Gow School made me the teacher and educator I am today. No experience in Graduate or Undergraduate school, no workshop or seminar did more to help me understand how to reach students or understand how the brain functions than teaching at the Gow School. It is a resource for students surely, however it serves the broader educational landscape and profession as well.

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1990 -1995

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

require every educator to teach here

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October 27, 2010

Gow changed my life and my thinking. I came to Gow as a Junior who was flunking out of high school. I took a senior year and a post graduate year. I entered college and finished in 5 years, making Dean's list my final year. My brain made a change from negative to positive when I went to Gow. I went from thinking I had a disability to realizing I had an asset. I still think that way today and am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this great program.

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

My daily life and all the people that I touch everyday as a teacher of business people

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

Allow more kids to have this experience that need it and cannot afford it.

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October 27, 2010

I taught 3 years at The Gow School from 1967 -1970. I interacted with students, faculty, administration, alumni and was always admired the standards of The Gow School. I still hear from former Govians about their success. Gow is one of the world’s finest dyslexia and learning disabilities programs. I was interviewed by then Headmaster, Norman Howard to become a master; Mr. Howard not only taught me the secrets of how to teach, but mentored in every aspect to help improve Gow students. Students were educated as total individuals and taught academically, physically and individuality. I personally recommend The Gow School for any individual that has dyslexia or learning disabilities.

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As a teacher

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

None.

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October 27, 2010

Hello My Name is Eric Halls I am gradaute of The Gow School 1982 and spent five years at this school. I am also Canadian citzen who came from another country because the program that Gow School offered was none like anywhere else. My parents exhausted there efforts local and regionally to get me help for my learning disability.To NO avail. My parents heard about the school through my parents friends and the rest went from there. Parents who don't know about THE GOW SCHOOL lose hope for there child. When I entered the school my parents had lost hope in other school systems. And after my first year the great grade results and immediate change in teaching methods offered so much hope for the future. School became like our own world, because we are all the same and suffer the same.Sometimes that very thing brings hope and then when the results come in showing improvements makes the hope became a reality. From that things like SELF ESTEEM ,UNDERSTANDING and CHARACTER BUILDING grows from that.And thats just as important as well, and we sometimes underestimate in the whole GRAND scheme of things. By the way I know because went through and I saw it come out of my own daughter!! I did finish there and did graduate from a world rowned University in Canada and proud of that, and THE GOW SCHOOL helped me achieve that. My own daughter Rosalie Halls was diagnosed with learning disability as child and has had to work hard and live through what I had. The school has summer program for girls and boys, this summer she was accepted and attendant it. She had tough time in the first two days, but again the atmosphere,the teachers, the volunteers the programs made her feel special and very welcome. She cried when she had to leave and to make it better she was ward the distisgushed honor as outstanding camper for the value's that THE GOW SCHOOL instilled on her from the first day!! Also I was not able to afford the whole summer BURSARY and she was a grant towards her schooling. I have been associated with THE GOW SCHOOL that has nothing but caring and giving attitude towards there education and well being and feelings of there students,parents and all the staff. That feeling is portrayed the minute you drive in to the school and when meet any one there. The school is a gem that should be cultivated and honored what it does for children. I hope if anyone is looking to put donation of any size towards a most worth place that they would seriously think about the THE GOW SCHOOL " Children are our future and thats investment we all should be concerned about " From Eric Halls Graduate of the Gow School " 1982 " and daughter who suffers the same and attendant THE GOW SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM. P.S. I am proud that I still invovled in the school to this day!

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Personal experience with school on the education side being a student and having a child who attendant and helping out with Alumni and fuding rasing ideas,

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The place is great , I would n;t make changes they are in great hands and have very good board who make great decisions!

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October 27, 2010

Our son has been at the Gow School for a little over a month, and we are already seeing some positive changes in his behavior, and most especially in his academic achievements. As an older adopted child (7 when adopted), he struggles with processing language, and so Gow's reconstructive language approach seems to be helping him at this early stage. We remain hopeful that his experience will continue to benefit him in myriad ways. The supportive environment of the dedicated Gow staff is working wonders in our estimation!

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See above

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

No answer at this time

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Our son wanted to "go to a school where everyone is like me." The Gow School is large enough for boys to compete athletically on a team against other schools, small enough for students to receive the academic attention and guidance they need. Our son's self esteem was enhanced, and he bacame a leader at Gow. He graduated from college in four years and earned a Master's degree. The Gow School truly changed all of our lives for the better.

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Our son liked Gow the minute he stepped on the campus. Everyone looks similar, in their kakki slacks and blue blazers. He felt he fit in, for the first time. The discipline at Gow was excellent, and teachers and administrators are honest with parents. Our son felt a great sense of accomplishment on graduating from The Gow School and went on to graduate from college in 4 years.

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I can't think of anything I would change!

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