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

School News

Summer Meals Update

July 8, 2024

The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals and snacks to children ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Gowanda Central School District is providing summer meals for Summer School and Special Education students on campus and … Continued

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Goodbye to the Class of 2024

June 23, 2024

The 140th annual commencement for Gowanda Central School District took place Friday, June 21, 2024, at Hillis Field. The sixty members of the Class of 2024 received their diplomas in front of hundreds of loved ones and community members on … Continued

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June 21, 2024

POTENTIAL REMOVAL OF SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECT IN ATHLETICS – NYS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has proposed amendments to sections of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to Mixed Competition and Extra Class … Continued

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Goodbye to a Gem: Crystal O’Connor Reflects on 33-year Teaching Career

June 13, 2024

  When she walked into Gowanda Elementary on September 5, 2023, her 33rd first day of school as an educator, Crystal O’Connor had no idea it was her final year of teaching. The Pennsylvania native, who never set foot in … 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.

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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