At Gow, the sense of belonging, of equality, and of connection to one another is strong and immediate. Students are quickly embraced by fellow students, faculty, and staff, who form a close-knit community with bonds born of common trials and shared triumph. Supporting and celebrating one another, students and faculty develop lifelong friendships.
Each student has a faculty advisor whose responsibilities include oversight of the student's academic, social, and extra-curricular life at Gow. Advisors are the initial contact and support person for their advisees and parents in dealing with a variety of school issues. Seniors meet with their advisors in a group setting on a weekly basis. Underclassmen meet with their advisors as a group on a weekly basis in the first marking period and every other week throughout the rest of the year. Advisors also meet with individual students, taking a personal and professional interest in each advisee.
In addition to the formal, written mid-marking period reports, advisors communicate with parents during each marking period. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's advisor with any questions or concerns they may have about their experiences and progress.
Returning students have input into who their advisor will be. Seniors work with one of a select group of advisors and the college counseling center to help guide them through the process of transitioning to college. New students are assigned advisors. Usually, a new student's advisor is a faculty member with whom the student will have regular contact, such as a classroom teacher or dorm parent.
Gow’s dorms provide a comfortable and supportive living experience in which to learn habits and skills they’ll need in college. Daily chores, known as house jobs, instill a sense of responsibility. Living with roommates helps develop the collaborative spirit for which Govians are known, as well as long-lasting friendships. Dorm parents provide supervision, guidance, and a surrogate family.
As part of our philosophy, we believe that it is very important to uphold the Pillars of
- Hard Work.
In all of our dealings with the Gow community we hold these four values very dearly. Throughout the curriculum students are taught these values and our dedicated faculty and staff model these values to our students. Ultimately everyone on campus is accountable to the Pillars.
Etiquette and other social lessons are served alongside the buffet-style cuisine in the light-filled dining hall. During Gow’s more structured breakfasts and lunches, students and teachers are assigned to tables during scheduled times. At dinner, students may eat with whom they choose and come and go within an assigned period. Faculty members’ spouses and children often join in, enhancing the family atmosphere.
Assembly is held Monday through Friday. This is a time to set the pace for the day, discuss the value of our Pillars, celebrate student and staff achievements, and share in student performances. In addition, special programs are held periodically throughout the year at this time or in the afternoon and evening. A variety of events are presented and parents and visitors are always welcome to attend.
The Gow School recognized that the need for community involvement extends beyond our campus. As a graduation requirement, the Community Service Program instills a strong commitment to serving others in our students. Through the rewarding experiences of community service, the School helps students become more caring, generous and responsible individuals.