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Headmaster's Welcome


If you are reading this, chances are that you or someone you love struggles with the very act of reading or writing. Many of our students come to Gow well versed in school frustration. Our goal is to change that. We have rethought education for students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences in order to rekindle their excitement for school and reignite their zest for life. Time and time again, we succeed.

So what exactly are we about here at Gow?

We are a school about language. Begun in 1926, Gow was the nation’s first school for dyslexics. Many other specialty schools can trace their roots to the groundbreaking work of our founder, Peter Gow, Jr., and Samuel T. Orton. Today their pioneering spirit continues in our experienced teaching team, who are fiercely dedicated to our research-driven remediation program and to their students’ futures. In small classes that foster personalized instruction, students become stronger readers and more confident writers. In fact, confidence is a natural outgrowth of language improvement (usually apparent shortly after arrival) and our culture of success.

We are about college preparation. That’s right. Your family may not be thinking beyond high school now, but we are. Just as Gow students make gains fast, so they keep gaining until they finish—strongly—at Gow and beyond. We pride ourselves on helping students develop what they need academically, socially, and emotionally—strategies to deal with their learning differences, knowledge across our academic curriculum, and qualities such as focus, work ethic, drive, and self-discipline—to go to and through college and achieve their goals.

Gow is about people. Here everyone is treated as equals with unconditional respect and positive regard. We are a warm and united community eager to welcome the next generation.

We encourage you to get to know us through this website. Check out our student videos to see what Govians are saying about Gow. Ultimately, though, the website is merely a warm-up. To truly understand what we do for dyslexic students and their families and what the Gow experience is all about, come see the campus in action. At Gow, doors are always open. You just have to walk through.

M. Bradley Rogers, Jr.

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