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

School News

Mandatory Drug & Alcohol Parent Forum Set Aug. 10, 2021

July 16, 2021

The annual Drug & Alcohol Parent Forum — an event that is MANDATORY for guardians of all students entering fifth grade and ninth grade, in addition to any middle and high school students new to the district for the 2021-2022 … Continued

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Commencement held June 25 at Hillis Field

June 25, 2021

Graduation for Gowanda High’s Class of 2021 was held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021, at Hillis Field. When a smattering of raindrops began to fall shortly before the 136th annual commencement exercises for Gowanda High School began at … Continued

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Blueprint Day: Join us for Strategic Planning on Aug. 3, 2021

June 23, 2021

Gowanda Central School District is excited to be looking towards the future by building on our tradition of excellence. We are in the midst of a strategic planning process that takes into account what is working, what we would like … Continued

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Healthy Kids Summer Camp Set July 7-Aug. 18, 2021

June 1, 2021

The Healthy Kids Summer Camp 2021 will take place July 7 to August 18, 2021, at Gowanda Elementary School. The fees are $125/week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 8 a.m. drop-off or 4 p.m. pick-up for an extra … Continued

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What's happening at GCS?

School Tax Information can be found on the Business Office page under Departments.

Please visit the Health Office page for up-to-date information on immunization requirements.

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.

Sports Teams

Student life at Gowanda centers around Panther pride. Our boys and girls sports teams draw crowds of students and community members alike.

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.

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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