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Nestled among Cotswold-inspired architecture on 860 acres in the Farmington Valley, Avon Old Farms stands as the leader in preparing young men for higher education. The school’s founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, was one of America’s first successful female architects, and she serves as the cornerstone of our school’s motto, aspirando et perseverando — to aspire and to persevere. Mrs. Riddle’s fortitude and vision in 1927 created the groundwork for an institution that challenges boys in the pursuit of knowledge and self- improvement. Throughout this process, students find unwavering support and create fraternal bonds that will last a lifetime. At the core of the Avon Old Farms experience are dedicated and passionate teachers who understand the intricacy of educating boys. Teachers demonstrate expertise in their disciplines, and they also contextualize learning; this helps students to explore meaningful roles as men in today’s complex society. Small classes allow teachers to cater to the learning needs of each individual. As relational learners, boys derive tremendous benefit from faculty who serve as advisors, teachers, mentors, and coaches. Athletics is an honored tradition at

The Gow School is a college-prep boarding school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities. Focusing on small class sizes, 3-7 students per class, and a low 4:1 student to faculty ratio, The Gow School offers a multisensory approach to teaching that enables dyslexic students to thrive. The Gow community has a sense of belonging, of equality, and of connection born on common trials and shared triumph. Gow has a start fast, finish strong mentality and students typically start to see progress soon after they step foot in our classrooms. Progress typically comes quickly, soon after they invest themselves in the program. At the School’s core is a structured program designed to help students navigate the academic day and a daily schedule designed to keep students busy. Between a packed class schedule, after-school sports, study hall and Saturday classes, there is little unprogrammed time. The School is settled on a 120 acre campus which gives our students plenty of room to learn and play. Boarding school life does not always allow lots of free time, but it has plenty of room for fun. Students are so involved – playing sports, going on trips, and hanging out with each other – that they get the most out of the rich residential experience. In July, the School’s co-ed summer program is five weeks of

Avon Old Farms where boys learn the value of teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship. Experienced coaches, state of the art facilities, strong competition, and countless athletes at the collegiate and professional level


shoulder our athletic program. Each year, Avon Old Farms competes as one of the best programs in the United States. Avon Old Farms possesses a top-tier curriculum in visual and performing arts. Our rich and varied programs provide many opportunities for boys to express themselves creatively. From our top choral group, the Riddlers, to our exquisite visual artists, students are consistently honored on local, regional, and national levels for their talent. Avon Old Farms is a special place for young men to explore drawing, painting, singing, or acting. The College Counseling Office is fully engaged with every student, which allows Avon to be one of the most successful college preparatory schools in single-sex education. Counselors identify and facilitate the proper matches between Avon students and institutions of higher learning. The foundation of Avon Old Farms, and all that the school offers, will always be rooted in the core values of brotherhood, scholarship, integrity, and sportsmanship; these lessons are fundamental to success at Avon and stay with our graduates for a lifetime. Avon Old Farms School: 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001 800-464-2866 AvonOldFarms.com

learning and fun for ages 8-16! The Gow School Summer Program is for students who have been experiencing academic difficulties, or have been diagnosed with dyslexia or specific learning disabilities. The Summer Program runs from the end of June to early August with morning academics, afternoon fun and games and weekend adventures! The Gow School Summer Program gives students academic tools and self-confidence they can take with them wherever they go; to the classroom and beyond. By combining a structured program and environment with flexibility, individualization, and room for fun, Gow provides a rich school experience that is precisely what dyslexic students need to learn and to enjoy learning. gow.org admissions@gow.org 716.687.2001


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