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

School News

Grads Feted at Senior Class Night 2023

June 2, 2023

Gowanda High held its annual Senior Class Night on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in the auditorium. Dozens of members of the Class of 2023 were recognized during the ceremony attended by loved ones, educators and district supporters. Following the Pledge … Continued

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‘Our Future, Our Youth’ Survey Launches June 2, 2023

May 22, 2023

Gowanda Central School Districts students in 6th-12th grades will begin participating in the Our Youth, Our Future survey on June 2, 2023, in cooperation with the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University.  The funding for the administration of the … Continued

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Budget & All Propositions Pass; Nobles & Nephew Elected to BOE

May 16, 2023

Gowanda Central School District is grateful to all those who participated in the successful 2023-2024 Budget Vote and Board of Education Election held May 16, 2023. The unofficial results are as follows: Proposition 1: ’23-24 Basic Budget: Passed Proposition 2: … Continued

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Listening & Learning: GCS Administrators Featured on Podcast

May 10, 2023

The Erie-Niagara School Superintendent Association invited Gowanda Central School District to discuss its journey on student grading via the “Achieving Joy and Mastery in Public Schools” podcast during the first week of May 2023. Interviewer Brian Graham, who is the … Continued

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Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to engage students in learning through the development and use of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Our Vision is to create a student centered, collaborative environment that prepares all students for the 21st century through an engaging and goal oriented learning environment.

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.

student standing behind a painting from the art department
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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