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are a community of learners striving for excellence in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

School News

Annual Budget Vote & Board of Education Election Set Tuesday, May 21, 2024

May 9, 2024

Eligible voters are invited to vote on the annual Budget, Vehicle Purchases, Establishment of the Capital Reserve Fund, Funding of the Repair Reserve Fund, Local Library Appropriation and Board of Education Election on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, between 8 a.m. … Continued

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Meet the 2024 BOE Candidates

April 29, 2024

There are three vacancies on the Board of Education at Gowanda Central School District with five candidates vying for those seats ahead of the annual spending plan vote and BOE election scheduled May 21, 2024. The five candidates – Max … Continued

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Class of 2024 Seeks Graduation Speaker

April 18, 2024

The Class of 2024 at Gowanda High School is seeking a speaker for graduation on Friday, June 21, 2024, at Hillis Field. Gowanda CSD alumni who have been out of school for at least 10 years and who have an … Continued

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How to Join the Wall of Honor at GCS

March 25, 2024

Gowanda Central School District showcases alumni serving in the military in its Wall of Honor between the high school and middle school cafeterias.  The Wall of Honor is a work in progress. District graduates currently serving in the military interested … Continued

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Mission & Vision


The purpose of the Gowanda CSD is to prepare our students to be leaders and citizens who are ready to be successful and embrace a changing world.


The Gowanda CSD will provide a high quality, personalized education that will focus on developing communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills through unique academic opportunities.

Core Values

We believe that we can achieve our vision and accomplish our mission, if in all of our work, we strive to:

  • Collaborate and connect with all members of our school community.
  • Demonstrate commitment in our work and to each child.
  • Embrace diversity and inclusivity.
  • Provide rigorous academic opportunities and leadership development for all.
  • Care deeply about each individual student and their family.
  • Take pride in what we do and how we do it.
  • Act with integrity, honesty, and personal accountability.

Integrated Technology

Technology is a tool that Gowanda uses to enhance our students’ educational experiences. It aides in personalizing our students’ learning and instruction while providing efficient feedback to students and teachers to increase understanding. Students experience greater independence by having access to content from anywhere to uncover knowledge, but they also gain interdependence by developing understandings through shared activities and collaborative tasks.

Music & Arts

The Gowanda Music program offers band and chorus starting at the elementary level. Our students participate in All-state and All-county programs and in musicals, plays, and concerts.

Gowanda's comprehensive K-12 Visual Arts program helps prepare our students to navigate through and create in an increasingly visual society. Students develop creative problem solving skills in collaborative studio environments. Student artwork and design is featured throughout our facilities and the community.

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students on stage performing musical theater

The District is organized along a PK-12 plan with approximately 1100 students distributed equally in our PK-4 Elementary School, 5-8 Middle School and 9-12 High School. We maintain two educational campuses and one athletic facility. Our campuses are situated in the Town of Perrysburg and the Village of Gowanda. The District spans portions of the Townships of Collins, North Collins, Hanover, Persia, Perrysburg and Dayton and the Cattaraugus Territory.

Our educational program is comprehensive and includes the core curriculum, performing arts, technology, home & careers, interscholastic athletics, student clubs and extra-curricular activities. Teachers, staff and students utilize up-to-date learning and office technology. Distance learning opportunities are also available to our students via live video broadcasting. The District also operates a public television station that broadcasts public hearings, Board of Education meetings and athletic events.

Vocational and special education services are provided in part by the Erie II-Chautauqua- Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The District also offers a full-range of special education programs for special needs students in all three buildings.


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