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Arrowsmith School was established in Toronto in 1980 and has operated continuously in Toronto since then and since 2005 in Peterborough. The cognitive exercises that are the foundation of the Arrowsmith Program were first offered to students with learning disabilities in 1978.

Arrowsmith School is located in two buildings at 243-245 St. Clair Avenue West, two blocks west of Avenue Road in mid-town Toronto.

The Arrowsmith Program is available in select elementary schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board and in a number of independent schools in Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. Please visit Participating Schools for a list.

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.mod.

Students entering Arrowsmith School 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 review the description of the Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed on our website.

The students at Arrowsmith School range in age from six years old to young adults.

We have a population of young adult students who have taken time out from their college or university studies, or in some cases, careers, to address their learning dysfunctions.

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 on our website.

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. The Arrowsmith Program does not address the autism spectrum disorders.

Arrowsmith School Toronto
Please visit the Admissions page. You may also contact Daina Luszczek, Arrowsmith School Secretary, at 416 963-4962 or by email to  reception@arrowsmithschool.org and she will direct you to the appropriate person.

Arrowsmith School accepts enrolment during the year subject to availability.

All students enrolling in a cognitive program at Arrowsmith School are assessed. The motor symbol sequencing program described on our Part Time Programs page does not require an initial assessment. Please visit our Assessment page for further information.

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 the telephone pre-screening discussion.

The assessment of students entering Arrowsmith School in Toronto is conducted by a member of our staff who is a trained psychometrist and the tests are scored and analyzed at Arrowsmith School.

Students are tested using a number of standardized achievement tests to evaluate academic levels as well as tests designed at Arrowsmith School that are used to identify strengths and weaknesses in each of the cognitive areas listed in our Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed by the Arrowsmith Program on our website.

While it is beneficial to review any previous assessment reports, if available, we need to administer our own assessment to assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses and develop a learning profile, which is the basis of creating a program for each student.

At Arrowsmith School Toronto
The annual tuition fee for the 2014 - 2015 school year is $23,500 and includes all program and academic fees and materials for the full school year. The $23,500 tuition fee includes an activity fee of $250 that covers such things as the school yearbook, school trips and other special events. There are no other fees or charges. Tuition fees are not subject to the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) or Provincial Sales Tax.

Tuition fees at private schools are not tax deductible. Parents of students enrolled in the Arrowsmith Program in Canada (at Arrowsmith School Toronto and Peterborough 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).

This may be available in some limited situations for families who are part of a private health and medical benefit plan. They should contact their individual benefits insurer or broker for further information.

We do not offer bursaries or other financial support for our students. There may be assistance available from certain private charities. Arrowsmith School does not receive any subsidies or outside funding.

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 at Arrowsmith School is 10 to 1.

Most of our students have one period of English and one period of mathematics each day in our Academic Programs.  We do not provide secondary school credits.

Students come to Arrowsmith School because they have been struggling with the regular academic curriculum. Our cognitive exercise program is designed to strengthen their weak learning capacities and our academic program lets them experience their new learning skills and prepares them for a full academic program after they leave following a three to four year program.

We offer English and mathematics which are essential for the acquisition of
other academic subjects.

Learning in all academic subjects requires reasoning, thinking, problem solving, conceptual understanding, retention of material (through both visual and auditory memory), and the ability to express oneself in writing, all cognitive areas addressed by the Arrowsmith Program. These cognitive improvements lead to effective learning in all academic subjects and the students experience the benefit of having the cognitive strengths available to apply to all future learning.

Arrowsmith School in Toronto offers an after school part-time program on Tuesday and Thursday which like the full-time cognitive program requires an initial assessment, as well as the Motor Symbol Sequencing Program on alternate Saturdays that does not require an assessment. You may obtain additional information about these programs on the Part Time Programs page.

No. We believe that full time students need a break from their studies and that the two-month summer period does not provide enough time to adequately address a learning dysfunction. The school is open during this time for student assessments, program development and the teacher training course.

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 Progra

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 functionin