The Gow School

The Gow School is located in South Wales, NY and is an all-boys college prep school for grades 7-12. The Gow School specializes in helping young men with dyslexia, ADD and similar language based learning disabilities. Peter Gow, Jr. was a teacher and he found it interesting to teach students who had difficulty with print language. He moved his family to South Wales and converted a farm into a boarding school for young men. After he opened in 1926 he met Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a neurologist, whose research indicated that a phonetic approach was the best way to educate these young men.

The class size at Gow range from three to seven students, this makes it possible for teachers to provide individualized attention and extra help. The teachers communicate with the parents regularly. All faculty members are required to receive on-going training in teaching methods used to help their students. Gow is committed in providing the best education for these boys so they can succeed in college and life. The students learn about the Reconstructive Language program that helps them with their education. This language program is taught with a multisensory, structured approach. The curriculum breaks down the spelling rules, sound, and grammar of the English language. The program also centers on memorization, recitation and structured instruction. The students have their own set of phonetic cards that they use to study from in practice for regular oral reading activities. Gow is proud of the fact that 100% of their students are accepted in to college.

Physical fitness and athletics are very important at Gow. Some of the sports offered are: soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, cross country, wrestling squash, tennis and skiing. They also have a weight training and cardiovascular fitness facility.

The Gow School focuses on each student and design programs with their needs in mind. These programs help develop leadership and social and emotional growth in each student. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in clubs and activities as well as off-campus entertainment. They visit the local mall, attend a movie, go skiing in the winter and attend local school dances.

Grades: 7-12

Student cap 147

Class size: 4

Tuition: $54,000

Stud/staff ratio: 1:4

Sex: all-boys

Extra Info: Gow is unique because of their reputation for helping young men with learning disablities and dyslexia. They also offer a summer program for boys and girls ages 8-16. This program lasts five weeks and combines academic classes with traditional summer activities and weekend trips.


Phone: 716-687-2001