Message from the Head of School


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.

Welcome to The Gow School!

My name is John Munro and, as Gow's seventh Head of School, it is my privilege to welcome you to our school. Gow is a premier boarding and day school for students with Learning Differences (LD) in grades 6 through Post Graduate (PG). Just twenty minutes outside of Buffalo, New York, our picturesque 125-acre campus is nestled in the valley of South Wales and features seven dorms, an indoor athletic center, soccer fields, theatre and art studios, a robotics lab, and more.

Founded in 1926, Gow is the nation’s first school for students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory processing, and others. The groundbreaking work of our founder, Peter Gow, Jr., and his colleague Dr. Samuel T. Orton, created the foundation of our program known as Reconstructive Language.

Offering a college preparatory curriculum, Gow's highly trained and dedicated staff provide students with the personalized instruction they need to build confidence and succeed. With small classes and a low 4:1 student-faculty ratio, students discover a love of learning and unlock their potential.

Beyond the classroom, Gow is about community. Dedicated time for the arts, athletics, and free time is built into students' daily schedules. Walking across campus, students enjoy pickup basketball games, talks by the firepit, and creek-side adventures.

Ready to learn more? If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Gow, please contact Gow's Enrollment Management team at 716.687.2001.

John R. Munro

Head of School

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