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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 jesse315

Client Served

Rating: 1

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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Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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".

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Sarah W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are the parents of a 13 year old boy with non verbal learning disabilities and auditory processing disorder. He is of high intelligence but struggled academically and socially in school from the beginning. He began at Gow last year in the 7th grade and is continuing in 8th grade this year. He has developed dramatically since his first day on campus. He now writes well and speaks well and is performing at a high academic level. The difference is night and day. The great news is that he identifies his progress himself having recently looked at his own work from 6th grade, pre Gow. He could not believe that he wrote and spelled so poorly just 18 months ago. He is very proud of his new found skill in writing, spelling and grammar. The faculty and staff at Gow are dedicated 24/7 and have made a huge difference in our son's development. We are very grateful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Gow School: Proud of a long career in education in many schools, I take enormous pride in being a Board member of the Gow School. Through its specialization in all facets of dyslexia, The Gow School leads in educating their young men to master the language, learning and life skills necessary for success in school, college - and beyond. Clearly, the school's mission, faculty and program position Gow in first place for differentiated learnning. Sandra P. Gilmor Board Member and Educator

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attended Gow for three years from 1977-80 and it changed my life for the better. I struggled with school prior to attending Gow and Gow gave me the founadtion for success in high school, college, MBA school and business. I cannot thank Gow enough for all that they do to help young men find their potential in life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended the Gow School for 2 years. The reconstructive language program and emphasis on the executive function skills in concert with a very professional, talented and caring staff enabled my son to dramatically improve his language skills, reading skills and level of confidence. Gow's combination of remediation and assistive technology enabled my son to be successful with his disability. Gow instills understanding and advocacy of one's disability and emphasizes taking responsibility and working hard to achieve goals. I highly recommend the Gow School for boys with dyslexia.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an student of the "Gow School" their a lot to be said for this organization.

Michele C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I searched for a school for my severely dyslexic son. Gow was last on our list to see. Thomas came away from that visitation day with one comment," Mom I think this is the school for me. " Oh my god did I struggle with this. Sending my 14 year old away to a school that did not know me or him. He was right, The Gow School was the best thing that happened to Thomas. Their education is the best of the best, their way of dealing with the language based difference, dyslexia, gave Thomas the only true opportuntiy he had to succeed. Thomas graduated in 2009, now attending Curry College, its a struggle at times but without The Gow School college would never have happened. Thank you Gow!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dear People, My grandson attends the Gow school. It has been a life changing experience for him! He is doing well academically, and has gained in self confidence. He has become a real leader. This school is doing a superb job. Sincerely, Carolyn Pryor

Janis V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We enrolled our 9th grade son in Gow 7 years ago. It was very difficult to send our son so far away to school. This would have been hard had he no disabilities, but to add the fact that he was struggling academically and emotionally it was darn near impossible. At the end of 4 years with him on his way to a large state school we couldn't have been happier with our decision. He grew both in maturity and acadmics. The faculty, staff and administration could not be better trained to deal with boys. They are loving and caring in a structured environment that demands the boys to behave and perform to the best of their abilities. Gow is a great place that produces great competent young men.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gow has made the difference not only in my son's life but our entire family. After struggling for years in school just to keep up with the other students and being bullied the decision was made to home school. For three years my son excelled in some areas of study but we were unable to improve his reading skills which was very frustrating to him. In addition, the country we lived in was not receptive to home schooling and offered no programs or support for those who chose to do so. Eventualy our family moved back to the United States for the sole purpose of getting help. At tremendous costs, my son went from program to program, school to school that advertised "specialized programs" for children with "learning disabilities". We felt cheated as the only thing delivered was smaller classes, a watered down curriculum and no program to remediate reading. Once again frustration set in as my son was boared with the repetitive work below his level. He himself recognised that he was not being challenged and asked to be moved..once again. We tried public school and regular private schools without success before finding Gow. Although I was a bit reluctant to send him off to a boarding school, we took the plunge and have never regretted it. Gow offers an ecellent curriculum challenging their students while remediating their reading. The teachers are very friendly and helpful and in comparison to other boarding schools we looked at, the students are well monitored and behaved. With the experience and knowlege, The Gow School truley have the formula that works for students with language based learning disabilities. In a very short time I could see significant improvement in my son's reading, spelling, responsibility and most of all his confidence and happiness. During Summer break my son talks about school and cannot wait to return to his frinends and teachers who have been wonderful role models as well as eventually graduating and going to college to study Engineering! I write these last word with tears in my eyes....Thank you Gow for giving my son hope! Once again, as a mother, I can truley feel that the sky is the limit for my child and he can be whatever he wants to be as long as he is willing to work for it.

Jack T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

when i cam to gow i was totally undisaplined student and after attending the school for two years and learning how to live in a community of people i was not related to threw my familly college was alot easier transition and i graduated in 4 years all becasue of the crutial skills i learned at the Gow school

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I arrived at Gow in '68 I was performing two grades below my age in both reading and math. Needless to say Gow transfomed both my understanding of how I learned, and gave me confidence as a learner. After graduating in '72, I went on to graduate from a four year college obtaining a B.S. in Biology with a minor in education, and later earned a Masters in Education. I have been teaching and coahing now for 34 years. If I had not attended Gow, I am not sure what career path I wound have chosen. But, I am sure that Gow gave me more than just an education that has helped me develop as an individual.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were really frustrated, both parent and child. Meeting the Gow family helped us understand how our son could grow and make it to college. He is a senior going off to college in the fall of 2011! What a great place for understanding his strengths and working with him to succeed. I would recommend Gow to any parent with a son with Dyslexia. Nancy Cumberland, Anchorage, Alaska

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son went through a barage of tests, therapy and special education before being home schooled. We decided to integrate him back into the school system for middle school. It was a disaster. He worked at least 4 hours every night with me by his side. His dilegence was paid off with D's and frustration. In desperation we turned to a reading specialist who told us that the true key to success would be a special school which would address his dyslexia. The Gow School was and has truly been our gift from God. His self-esteem is back, has to work hard on his own and the most wonderful aspect? He continues to be curious about the world, love learning,has a multitude of friends and the greatest mentors in the world-the teachers and staff at the school!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was failing in the public school system. Grade-wise he was passing, but he wasn't learning anything. And without any social life he was sinking. Gow has changed his life! He loves the structure, the teachers and having a friend who is always available. We live across the country which at first was difficult, but within a few months the distance melted away and he now gets on a plane as if he was getting in a car.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ten years of unexplained failure in public school. Frustration and depression, a bright kid who can't perform academically. Trouble with a capital T. And then comes Gow School and enough success to build self-confidence, admission to college and a lifetime of gratitude for this great gift. I graduated from Gow in 1958 and think about it often and don't want to contemplate what my life would have been like had I not had this opportunity. I earned my first A in anything at Gow and still have that Blue Book today as reminder that yes, I may get there a different way, but I will get there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

While The Gow School's unique program did a very effective job of remediating my dyslexia, two other crucial benefits the school gave me were a fresh start with a new group of peers and the exposure to experiencing successes for the first time. Without Gow's influence on me in these critical developmental years of my life, I would have never made it through college. The Gow School’s benefits have traveled with me throughout my life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love the Gow School. I went to Gow for five years, came back and taught after college and have for the most part remained involved one way or another up to this date. Gow offered me an open door that previously was closed to me. That door remains open today as I venture into new things all the time. I owe a lot of my success to The Gow School.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can honestly say that that Gow School transformed my life. I had floundered thought schools until grade 6. I went to the Gow School for Grades 7-9 then went back to the main stream private school system where I placed in the top quartile of my class. I went on to at top 25 university, and later a top 25 business school. I now own my own business and have a love for life I owe to Gow for changing the trajectory of my life. Thanks again..

Client Served

Rating: 5

I entered The Gow School in my junior year with a 4th grade reading level and, with the help of the teachers there, increased my reading by eight grade levels in just two years. Attending Gow was a key factor in my being able to attend college and graduate school. I am now developing new markets for a large engineering firm. I know that without the help of The Gow School I would not be where I am today. Returning to Gow 25 years after graduating, it is exciting to see a few familiar teachers. It is rewarding to see the interest new instructors and students have in speaking to alumni. Gow School alumni have a bond that spreads across all ages that I have not seen at others schools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Anyone interested in education in our country might take a serious look at why the Gow School consistently succeeds in the education of dyslexic students, while our public school system is floundering for solutions. I am the parent of a student who experienced this odyssey first hand. The Gow School is a system of education that is unsurpassed. The dedication and excellence of its teaching staff is a revelation to anyone who cares to look at the results. Please reward excellence in education!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Gow School gave life to our son who has dyslexia who was segregated for much of his education. The Gow school gave him a full school experience teaching him numeracy and literacy in a safe and fully integrated environment. The educators and leadership at Gow was the keep to his success. The small number of students in the classroom and the safe learning environment promoted positive self-esteem, friendships and a belief in our son that he indeed was teachable and could learn just like his peers. The academics were taught in the way our son learned therefore his academic success was equal to that of his former peers! He thrived and believed in himself. Thank you to the Gow School!!!

Anne C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son is an intelligent person, but by 9th grade I feared he would not graduate from high school. He had struggled in school since first grade due to his dyslexia and was miserable and without confidence. He enrolled at The Gow School in the 9th grade and graduated a totally different person. The first year, he learned that he could learn and he never looked back. He is in college in a 3-2 program now. He spent his first 3 years of college at Earlham College, double majoring in pre-engineering and physics. He is in the second of his last two years at Columbia University Engineering School. After he finishes his second year at Columbia, he will receive a Bachelors degree from each institution. Gow changed his life, and gave us, his parents the knowledge that he could succeed in life. Before he went to Gow, my motto for him was "a mind is a terrible thing to waste." His mind is no longer being wasted, thanks to Gow and his hard work. We are very grateful for the life the Gow school gave back to our son, through the good work of the faculty and staff there.

Ben W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before attending the Gow in 9th grade i could not function in a class room setting, teachers had told em to quit, to stop trying because i was waisting my time. i had been beaten down and had zero self esteem, i did not believe that i could graduate high school. however, after my time at Gow i am now a fully capable student who has learned how to work with his dyslexia. Gow not only gave me the skills to succeed academically, they gave me my self confidence back. i was no longer the quite kid in the back of the room i sit in the front row and i am not afraid to ask the teacher a question or present my ideas. i am now a Sophomore at the University of Hartford a opportunity that i would not have with out the skills Gow gave me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think the GOW school provided excellent academic support, and training for my son, Emile, but the GOW experience helped to build his character and self-esteem. The administration, staff, and faculty supported my son in so many ways by encouraging creative expression, fostering teamwork, providing discipline when needed, or just by listening. My son, Emile, had always struggled with reading and writing--that's not new--but in middle school, he was in a serious downward spiral at school, and at home. ...there was lots of teenager drama! The worst part of this experience was seeing him struggle, and loose himself--he wasn't growing, creating, building, or even dreaming of a future. His life needed to change drastically, and after a few intermediate steps, he started 9th grade at GOW. Emile benefited from the academic training at GOW, and from being in an environment where no one student is singled out for being in special ed class--because they all are. As his grades improved, and as he grew from the boarding school experience, he became more grounded, and self-confident. He made some great friends, developed as a painter, discovered his leadership skills, built physical strength and more. Best of all, he graduated with goals, and hope for his future! There is an extra level of poise, and maturity that I see in him that I believe is because of his experience at GOW. I am so grateful, and I highly recommend the school.