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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Secondary & High Schools, Special Education, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: The Gow School is a leader and innovator in dyslexia education with a commitment to the values of kindness, respect, honesty and hardwork, since 1926 The Gow School has been helping students with language based learning disabilities develop the skills and confidence to succeed in higher education and beyond as creative, compassionate adults and engaged citizens.

Target demographics: students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities.

Geographic areas served: South Wales, NY

Programs: a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 7-12, and a five-week summer program designed for boys and girls ages 8–16.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Helene Gerard B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place where boys grow into young men and learn to conquer there deficiencies. The people are caring. The program works and the class size cannot be matched. Place is immaculate and very well cared for. You will not be disappointed. Sports are great and there are many enrichment programs. I give it a ten.

Review from Guidestar

Eric H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As former student myself spending five years at the school . The school did wonders for my Reading deficiencies " dyslexia " . I would have never gotten to university and graduated with out The Gow Schools help. From testing , to acceptance to actually getting the journey started ,finishing with high marks and then getting and graduating from university were huge accomplishment that Gow helped me achieve
The tools that I learned at Gow has followed me through my university days , business and life.Some schools come and go and preach how great they are, Gow has stuck to the late founder Peter and David Gow principles that has made this educational institutional truly great. Again being great isn't just boasting , but because the results speak for them selfs . Gow has tangible results and have the history to prove it. Clearly no child is left behind when your child is enrolled at the Gow School .Gow always makes you feel welcomed and always open to your questions and anxieties you may have regarding your son or daughter . I know because I had daughter who spent three summers at Gow Summer Program ( GSSP) and then she's spent her senior year at Gow when they started dorming girls. It was not easy decision for my daughter to forgo her senior year In Canada to get her diploma at Gow , but with much help for many she graduated a much better prepared for College . Before she went to Gow she never though she could achieve going to university , with much help from Mr Brown and Mrs Mirsky she was accepted to ever University she applied too ( 5 ) . Teachers and staff are always tireless in there efforts to help kids , make it a point that kids well being is number one.Headmaster has many duties and responsibilities but your child is never not to far from his mind or eye site " he cares ".Admissions office , that's always the gate keeper of the school and what can I say about them , Doug, Jen and Tammy take the fear and anxiety in your initial visit " calm, easy and smooth". Finally a testimonial to how good the school treats cares about its teachers and employees is how long these wonderful individuals stick around" not just years but decades " both my daughter and my selfs always love to give back in any way and the school is always welcoming of all the former students who attend Gow . I encourage you too call and arrange visit the school and meet the people I have mentioned in this review . If you decide to send your daughter or son , you will not be disappointed in your decision . Great college preparatory school . FYI: don't be afraid to enquire about funding , everyone 's situation is different and Gow will look at everyone's position . I was blessed to have Gow give funding to my daughter . Very caring in therecposition Gow they approach funding for students

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gow has made a tremendous impact in all of our lives. Our son has just started his senior year, which is his fifth year. The small classes, individualized instruction, Reconstructive Langauge and the dedication of faculty & staff all contribute to the success of students. It is a wonderful place!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son just started at The Gow School after a long and arduous journey searching for a school that would meet his needs not only academically but would also teach him the values needed for him to reach his potential. We are so glad we found The Gow School. Spectacular clean green campus, great sports and facilities, and an enthusiastic faculty that know what they are doing. We had looked at schools in the UK but there is absolutely no comparison to what your child will get at The Gow School compared to what is available in the private schools in the UK with a learning support department. If you take educating your child seriously, you need to look at The Gow School.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Gow School has helped my daughter in so many ways. Academics is just one and maybe not even the most important, for her. She was diagnosed with auditory processing which is a language based learning difference that affects her comprehension. She benefitted from small class sizes where she could ask clarifying questions as well as the immense amount of structure. She also struggled with independence and self confidence skills.
At the Gow School, she lives in the dorm and was responsible for setting her alarm, being on time, doing her laundry, and getting her homework done.
The Gow School provides a structure like no other school can because students live there and have to follow their rules. They attend classes six days a week, and have mandatory study hall every evening for 2 hours (Sunday night through Friday night). It has taught her a great lesson, that in order to overcome her struggles, she needs to commit herself to a structured study time every day. That is dedicated time that she knows she will use to get her work done. I know if she were home, she’d never be that dedicated. There would be too many distractions. But now, it is something she will take with her to whatever college she attends. She has learned the value of that time. Instead of just surviving in school, she is now thriving. And she is ready for college and life after college. Isn't that a parent's job anyway? Give our children the ability to stand on their own 2 feet - learn life skills, independence, confidence and most of all, be a responsible, honorable person. You get all of this at the Gow School.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son entered the Gow School this fall as a junior, having learned about the school in late March. Our son has several challenges. With the support of the dedicated and caring faculty we have seen him actually have goals again and work on achieving these goals. He has taken risks, trying activities that in the past that he would avoid.

Our son has gifts that are outside usual afterschool offerings. The school has followed through working with him to finds opportunities to nurture his gifts as well as using this to encourage his academic performance.

By far the greatest asset of the school is the wonderful faculty who really do teach as if their lives depend on it and nurture the Govian spirit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have found The Gow School. Our son was diagnosed with language based learning disabilities at the age of 6. We spent years of tutoring, enrollment in private reading programs, dealing with an IEP in the public school, etc. and although he made gains, he lagged behind his peers in the public school setting despite being a smart kid. We heard about Gow from friends and sent him to the summer program when he was 11. He came home excited to tell us that "they actually teach you there". After 2 years of experiencing the gains he made in the summer program, we realized that the best chance he had of reaching his potential would be sending him to Gow for 8th grade and high school. So far, so good! He came home at fall break more confident, enthusiastic about his grades and motivated to go back after a week off. He participates in student government and sports - things he was not encouraged to do at his suburban public school. Although, sending a 13 year old to boarding school was initially a difficult decision, it tuned out to be the best decision we have ever made for our son.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are thrilled to have found Gow. It brings together everything my Dyslexic son needs -- academics, tutoring/homework help, sports, socializing with other kids like himself, and a 24/7 environment that helps him so he doesn't struggle with executive functioning. It is such a caring community of teachers, administrators and parents.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended the Gow School after having gone to eight other schools. Finally, we found the right one that could teach him in the way he needed to learn. He attended middle school and high school there and although it was very difficult as a mom to send him away to a boarding school, it was the best decision that we ever made. Today, he is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania advocating for himself and using all of the tools that he learned at Gow. The staff and faculty not only are experts in what they do, they exude a heartfelt level of care and compassion that I have never witnessed anywhere else. I am so grateful for their gift of helping me raise my son into the man he is today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love the Gow School! Our son attended Gow for his junior and senior year. He gained the confidence to reach for his dreams and to go on to attend college.

Lisa Lauren M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in 8th grade. She always had difficulties in school, but I noticed they were getting worse in middle school. This was taking a toll on her confidence, and she really started to dislike school because she was "not smart". We enrolled her in the Gow summer program the summer before her freshman year. She was at a third grade reading level and had anxiety about starting high school. She was very apprehensive about "summer school" and would only stay for the morning sessions initially. By the end of the summer, she was asking to stay for the afternoon sessions! Her reading improved by 3 grade levels and you could see that she was starting to enjoy learning again! She cannot wait for the summer program next year because she wants to board!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mother of a dyslexic dauther I looked for services in the Pittsburgh area for years without success. Finally, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh told me how Gow had helped her son. At the time --Gow School was not co-ed, but I enrolled my daughter in their summer co-ed program. It turned her life around. She gained confidence; made lasting friendships; and achieved academic success. She returned to Gow as Counselor in Training and then a Counselor. She has graduated from college in four years, Magna cum Laude--with a dual degree of special education/ elementary education. She is now teaching in public education helping children with autism spectrum disorders. Gow makes miracles happen.

Suzan Clark, Pittsburgh PA

1 James C S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an 1983 graduate of "The Gow School" I have hindsight and little to gain by taking a moment to endorse this institution. My reward is knowing that this post will help today's young people in their educational choices.

With conviction I state that "The Gow School" is one of the finest schools in the World. As young men, it gave us the spark to move into the world with skills, education and excitement.

Today, after 31 year, I still feel the positive effects of my years at "The Gow School" and would consider anyone attending today, as very lucky.

The Gow School is a rare find.

Maria112

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional who has worked for decades with children and youth challenged by learning disabilities, I have been deeply impressed by the dedicated and steadfast role the Gow School has played in instilling hope and self confidence for hundreds of young lives. They played an active and leading role in the professional community through hosting workshops on cutting edge research in the field. When our son, with severe dyslexia, became a student there we were blessed to experience Gow from the perspective of parents as well. We saw our son, who was still struggling with reading in 6th Grade, flourish under their expert guidance and see him now studying pre-med at Boston College. Thank you Gow!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a teacher, dorm parent, and coach at the Gow School from 2006 to 2008, I saw the incredible impact that Gow had on the lives of the students. I watched boys who struggled with many learning difficulties become young men who left Gow with a sense of confidence and purpose. Gow provides students with a truly well-rounded education that includes rigorous academics, exciting extracurricular activities, and an solid opportunity to find their niche in education. I would highly recommend Gow to anyone with a son or daughter struggling with learning difficulties.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I went to visit The Gow School in the middle of the school year. We were looking at the school for the following year. We were so impressed and it was such a good fit, he wanted to start immediately.

My son instantly fit in, made friends and hasn't looked back. He is academically succeeding and enjoys school so much that during the summer he looked forward to going back.

The Gow School is not "easy". My son works hard but he's not frustrated and never doubts himself or his ability to learn.

The campus is beautiful, the teachers are top-notch and the kids are supportive of each other.

The only thing negative my son has ever said it that it's cold during the winter. That's all!

The Gow School is life changing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a miracle that we found The Gow School! Our son always struggled with reading and writing. He was panicked at the thought of going into a public High School at a fourth grade reading level. Our child was good at sports and he could always figure out how to fix things from cell phones to radios. It was frustrating seeing our "smart" child go into a depression thinking he was stupid. Now in his third year at The Gow School my husband and I have seen positive changes in our young man. Academically and socially we have witnessed a tremendous amount of growth and confidence in our son. I did my homework and no other school comes close to The Gow School!

Adam45

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student at The Gow School from 1980-86, came back as a teacher 90-94 and worked at the Summer School during the same time. I also was on the board 2010-2011, I love The Gow School. It has helped developed me personally and professionally. The Gow School deserves all the rewards their shelves can hold.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended The Gow School in the late 1960s for my junior and senior years of high school. I was on the wrong track in many ways during my early high school years, in public school in the Midwest where collage preparation did not seem to be the priority.
My family lived in East Aurora, New York near The Gow School for a few years prior to moving to the Midwest, . I attended grade school (third, fourth and fifth grades) While living in the State of New York and became aware of the outstanding reputation of this school.
My family moved to the Midwest as my father accepted a new position in the steel industry. In this location (Midwest) I became aware of the poor academic preparation the public schools there offered. After attending school a couple of years in the Midwest, I approached my Father and requested that I go back to New York and attend The Gow School.
My father picked himself up off the floor and ask, how soon and I responded, as soon as possible! Plans were made including a visit to The Gow School and I began attending Gow the Fall of 1965.
I graduated from Gow, spring of 1968 and since that time I have competed my undergraduate (BS) and Graduate degrees (MS) in Education.
After I completed my Masters degree in Collage Administration, I was employed in Administration with Indiana University. Wow, it is hard to believe how much I have achieved in so many ways during my life! I am now enjoying retirement in the state of Tennessee (Nashville) thanks to the help of The Gow School many years ago!!!!
If you have a young boy or girl who seems to be having difficulty not only in academics but life in general then I am recommending that you investigate The Gow School. Yes I would recommend this outstanding school to a close friend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son's experience at Gow has been excellent. He has been taught key learning tools in addition to many tools to help him out of the classroom as well. Gow has provided both him and our family with confidence that he will be able to do whatever it is he wants. Great experience for child and family alike.