The Arrowsmith Program
The Arrowsmith Program at Gateway Christian Schools, for students in grades 2 through 12, addresses the underlying causes of students' learning differences and difficulties by strengthening learning capacities. This is accomplished by creating an environment of acceptance, warmth and compassion as students exercise weak cognitive areas with specific prescribed brain exercises. Students become part of a loving community with a common goal: lighting up the brain to learn. The primary focus of the program is addressing the 19 areas of dysfunction with the Arrowsmith program, however dedicated professional teachers work closely with the students to also foster strong social skills, emotional well-being and social responsibility, all within a safe and encouraging Christian environment.
The Arrowsmith method seeks to improve cognitive functioning through identification of a student's learning dysfunctions, development of an individualized program, goal setting and careful monitoring of progress with a clear completion target. This unique method, with small measured steps, regular recognition of success and clearly identified goals, enables students and families to understand the road to program completion and student success.
The article Definition of a Learning Dysfunction, written by Arrowsmith School founder Barbara Arrowsmith Young, outlines a theoretical framework for understanding the nature of learning dysfunctions and is the framework used by the Arrowsmith Program. The learning dysfunctions (link) are the problems addressed by the Arrowsmith Program. They are not all of the possible problems that may interfere with the learning process; however, they are the more common areas of difficulty.
The Arrowsmith classroom ratio of our trained Arrowsmith Instructors to students is 1 to 10. Students begin each day in our intentionally smaller class sizes to ensure individual attention for all our students. Our experienced faculty and teaching staff provide the fundamentals for a successful academic career and make learning a joy. Students get the personal attention and care they need to succeed and grow.
At Gateway, spiritual education is enhanced through weekly chapels. The elementary students sing, pray as a group, and listen to speakers from our local area churches.
What do you know about The Arrowsmith Program? You are invited to learn more by perusing through the "Schools and Programs" pages.
We invite you to take a tour of our campuse to explore the classrooms and meet our teachers and staff. To set up a personal tour, or find out more about our programs, please contact:
Sherri Miller, Coordinator of District Admissions