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

School News

Prospective School Board Member Workshop

January 27, 2020

Workshop provided by the Erie County Association of School Boards as a public service.*  When? Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020  Registration: 8:15 am – 8:30 am  Program: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm  Where? Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus  355 Harlem … Continued

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Urgently Needed: School Bus Drivers

January 22, 2020

Gowanda Central School District has an immediate and urgent need for SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Minimum qualifications: Possession of a Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger (P) endorsement, as well as a School Bus (S) endorsement for the operation of school buses … Continued

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GHS names Girls State delegate and alternate for 2020

January 22, 2020

Gowanda Central School District has been selected to participate in the 2020 session of the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State Program. Congratulations to Haley Stang, selected as the 2020 delegate. This year’s alternate is Kayla Forthman. The Gowanda American … Continued

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Strawder Performs with All-State Mixed Chorus

December 17, 2019

Gowanda High senior Patrick Strawder participated in the 2019 Conference All-State Mixed Chorus at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester held Dec. 5-9. He joined top musicians from across New  York State for this elite honors choir. It is a … Continued

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

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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.

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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