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Our typical student is of average or above average intelligence and has a combination of the learning dysfunctions that are described in our literature. Please visit our Learning Dysfunctions Addressed page for further information.

Students enrolling in the Arrowsmith Program have ordinarily been experiencing a range of problems including reading, writing, mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, visual memory, auditory memory, dyslexia, non-verbal learning, auditory processing and attention.

We suggest that parents and educators review the detailed document entitled Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed by the Arrowsmith Program.

We have worked with such students but only if they have learning disabilities that accompany their ADHD which fall within the range of the Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed by the Arrowsmith Program.

We have worked with such students where they have accompanying learning disabilities that fall within the range of the Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed by the Arrowsmith Program. In such cases, we are careful when assessing their appropriateness for admission to ensure that they will be suitable candidates.

Schools that offer our program accept enrolment during the year subject to availability. Please contact the school you are interested in for further information. For a list of schools offering the Arrowsmith Program please visit our Participating Schools page.

All students enrolling in the Arrowsmith Program are assessed.

The assessment enables us to identify each student’s learning profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses and provides the basis for designing individual programs for each student. The assessment is not used as the basis for determining suitability for the Arrowsmith Program as suitability is determined through pre-screening discussions.

The assessment of students enroling in the Arrowsmith Program is conducted by teachers at the school offering the Arrowsmith Program. Teachers are trained by Arrowsmith in the assessment process and the tests are scored and analyzed at Arrowsmith Program in Toronto.

Tuition fees at private schools are not tax deductible. Parents of students enrolled in the Arrowsmith Program in Canada (at Arrowsmith School and at other schools that offer this program) may claim the Medical Expense Tax Credit. Determination of whether an individual qualifies for the Medical Expense Tax Credit is made by Revenue Canada. We recommend that families in all cases contact their own accountant or financial advisor. Links to information on this are located under Tax Credit (Canada).

The majority of students will usually require a three to four year program of full time attendance before returning to a full academic program in a public or private school at his or her appropriate grade level. If a student is unable to complete the three to four year program, they achieve benefit for every year they are in the program.

The student to teacher ratio in an Arrowsmith classroom is 10 to 1.

Please visit the Research page of our website to read the reports referred to below and other studies on the effectiveness of the Arrowsmith Program.
A study prepared by Dr. William A. Lancee, Head of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, that was funded by the Donner Canadian Foundation and completed in 2005 concluded that all deficit areas identified by the Arrowsmith Program improved as a result of the application of Arrowsmith Program cognitive exercises.
Please click here for the complete study.

More recently, we completed a Report on the Effectiveness of the Arrowsmith Program in the Toronto Catholic District School Board which showed that students improve in their rate of acquisition of academic skills as a result of their cognitive improvements. Please click here for a summary of this report.

The study prepared by Dr. William A. Lancee referred to above concluded that all deficit areas identified by the Arrowsmith Program improved as a result of the application of Arrowsmith Program cognitive exercises. Please refer to the full study and in particular the concluding summary for an overview of the effectiveness of the Arrowsmith Program.

Students that we have followed up to 30 years after completion of the program have maintained their cognitive improvements. Once the improvement is in place, the individual maintains this gain by using the cognitive area in everyday functioning.