The Gow School

2491 Emery Rd, PO Box 85, South Wales, NY 14139

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The school was established by Peter Gow as a college preparatory institution for those with dyslexia or similar language learning differences. Although primarily a boys' boarding school, Gow maintains a small day division for pupils of both genders. All programs are individually planned, and nearly all graduates enter college. The school serves students of average to above-average intelligence who have specific language difficulties. Classes are small, averaging three to seven pupils each. The core of the program at Gow is "reconstructive language" and multisensory mathematics, both of which are designed to improve and extend the student's academic ability within a college preparatory setting. Boys and girls attend classes six days each week. An Outward Bound-type outdoors program is one of Gow's activities.

  • Learning Disability Focus

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, Learning Differences, Special Education
Grade RangeBoarding — Boys Grades 7-12; Day — Coed 7-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address2491 Emery Rd, PO Box 85, South Wales, NY 14139
Year Established1926
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$55,600; estimated extras $2500
Day Tuition$35,700; estimated extras $2500
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$800,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarQuarter
Supplemental InstructionDevelopmental Reading, ESL, Makeup, Remedial Math, Remedial Reading, Review, Tutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades7-12
Summer SessionAges 8-16. Academic Remedial Recreational. Tuition Boarding $6800. Tuition Day $3200-4300. 5 weeks
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBasketball, Crew, Cross-country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School27
Most Common Graduate DestinationsColumbia Col-IL 2, MI St 1, Rochester Inst of Tech 1, Savannah Col of Art & Design 1, Mercyhurst 1, Curry 1
Average Math SAT460
Average Critical Reading SAT450
Average Writing SAT400
Average ACT21


Applications DueRolling
Application Fee$100
New Students47
Percentage of Applicants Accepted90
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)68
Tests Used for AdmissionIQ, Stanford


AdministratorM. Bradley Rogers, Jr.
Administrator's TitleHeadmaster
In Office Since2004
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Univ of Dayton, MA, Johns Hopkins Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsDouglas B. Cotter, Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment151
Boarding Students144
Day Students7
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)19
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)132
Student Body EthnicityWhite 86%, Latino 1%, African-American 7%, Asian 4%, Other 2%
Percentage of International Students31
Student-Faculty Ratio4:1
Dress CodeFormal
Teaching Faculty43
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)69
Male Teaching Faculty32
Female Teaching Faculty11
Faculty EthnicityWhite 96%, African-American 2%, Native American 2%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage100
Buildings on Campus33
Facilities Value$31,600,000
Endowment Value$9,000,000
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