Application Process

Students on Campus

Admission to The Gow School is a two-way street. While prospective families learn about us, we learn about prospective students and their particular needs and goals. Our mutual purpose is to discover if Gow can help them attain those goals and reignite their lives, as we have for generations of graduates.

We encourage interested families to get a feel for the school from our website, social media, and viewbook and to talk with our Director of Admissions so that we can begin to determine if Gow is the right learning environment for them. Submission of an assessment and test results and the Application Packet provides clarification. Where a good fit seems likely, we invite families to visit our beautiful campus and meet our united community, after which an admissions decision is made.

Campus Visits

In order to give families a complete feel for the Gow experience, we invite them for a full-day visit, typically beginning between 9 am and 10 am and concluding at 3 pm. Students and their parents attend lunch and classes, take a campus tour led by a member of our Crimson Key Club, and discuss the student’s developmental and academic history. Students complete placement testing in oral reading, math, spelling, and writing. This allows the admissions team to observe the student at work in an educational environment.


The Gow School is currently accepting coed boarding and day students in grades 6–12. We encourage families to inquire early in the school year before the year of desired admission. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, but enrollment may be limited by grade. A few additional steps are necessary for international students before matriculation.

Families wishing to apply for financial aid should complete the application process as early as possible.


  • Learn more about us: Explore our website and our viewbook. 
  • Submit the Application Packet with $100 application fee. 
  • Mail a full report of a Psychoeducational Evaluation conducted within the last three years. The report should include all composite and subtest scores (standard scores and percentile ranks) for 
    • a comprehensive test of cognitive abilities e.g., Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), or Woodcock-Johnson IV Normative Update (WJ IV NU) Tests of Cognitive Abilities 
    • AND a test of achievement skills e.g., Woodcock-Johnson IV Normative Update (NU) Tests of Achievement or Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III). 
  • Schedule a campus visit. 

For more information or to submit materials:

Douglas B. Cotter, Director of Admissions
The Gow School
2491 Emery Road
South Wales, NY 14139
p 716.687.2001
f 716.687.2003

The Gow School admits students of any race/color, ancestry/national origin, religion/creed, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race/color, ancestry/national origin, religion/creed, and sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.

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