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College Advising

Students finish their Gow careers as strongly as they start them. Year after year, 100% of seniors are accepted to college, usually receiving several offers. Naturally, we’re proud of this achievement, but we’re just as proud of our well-designed college-advising curriculum, the dedicated staff who guide families through the admissions process, and our extraordinary students, who work hard to achieve their postsecondary dreams.

The College Advising Center (CAC)

The hub of college guidance is the CAC, which provides resources and assistance beyond what’s typical of secondary schools. In addition to college fairs, workshops, and materials from and about colleges, the CAC offers a formal curriculum that juniors and seniors follow in weekly 45-minute classes and assignments.

Through the program, students are guided to research and identify right-fit colleges, write good college essays and résumés, and complete applications. CAC staff helps students prepare for standardized tests by learning test-taking strategies, taking practice tests, and requesting appropriate accommodations, such as extra time or readers. Both the ACT and SAT are administered on campus. College advisors also help students assess the support they’ll need in college, arrange college visits, meet deadlines, take interest inventories, and complete college registration.

Beyond the regular program, CAC staff provides scheduled and impromptu advising for students and their parents on admissions, financial aid, and matters related to learning differences, such as psycho-educational testing.

Senior Advising Program

Coordinated by the CAC, this program prepares students for the transition to college. In weekly 30-minute meetings with an academic advisor, seniors discuss such topics as how to talk to professors about LD and what to expect from college help centers.

Depending on the graduate, the right fit may be a college with a comprehensive LD program or one with coordinated services or accommodations. Armed with academic and advocacy skills and strategies, and the support of the Gow community, our graduates go to—and successfully through—a range of excellent colleges.

For more information, contact:

Charles K. Brown, Director of College Counseling
716.687.2060 or 2023