The Gow School focuses on student centered programs designed to promote leadership development, social and emotional growth, executive functions training, healthy decision making and self-advocacy skills. For more detailed information, please view The Gow School Student and Parent Handbook available in PDF format.
All students attending Gow live in supervised dormitories where they reside with one or more roommates. Dorm life provides students with a comfortable and supportive living experience. Daily chores, known as house jobs, help to instill a sense of responsibility.
Meals in The Gow School Dining Hall are served buffet style with a teacher at each table. The spouses and children of faculty members often attend meals, enhancing the school’s family atmosphere. The new Dining Hall, opened in September 2009, is the center of life in the Gow community.
Clubs & Activities
Students are selected for leadership positions annually. These include Headwaiters, Resident Assistants, Student Council and Crimson Key Club. A variety of student led clubs and activities have been created, such as the Green Team, the Gaming Club, Botball, the Culture Committee, Swing Dance, the Photography Club, the Mountain Biking Club and Yearbook.
Off- Campus Entertainment
Weekend activities incorporate trips to local malls and movie theaters, seasonal skiing, professional and amateur sporting events and dances with local schools. Buffalo’s cultural community, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, theater district and historic landmarks, provides opportunities for a variety of field trips throughout the school year.
With six days of classes per week, students have the privilege of enjoying longer vacations. Two week Winter and Spring breaks are provided, along with a one week Thanksgiving recess. Fall and Winter Designated Weekends are scheduled during the first and third marking periods. Vacations occur about every six weeks during the academic year.