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Arrowsmith @ Gateway Christian Schools

The Arrowsmith Program offers Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult students a safe, encouraging environment that celebrates growth and success every day!


Starting the Arrowsmith Program at the Crosspoint Warriors campus or the Gateway Eagles campus today, will ideally position each individual to reach the highest potential, academically, physically, and spiritually through this remarkable program—all within an encouraging and nurturing Christian environment.

A day in the Elementary Arrowsmith Program at Crosspoint Warriors

The Arrowsmith day is divided into eight class periods, with a 15 minute recess in the morning and afternoon as well as a 45 minute lunch and exercise breaks.
Most students spend six periods on the Arrowsmith Program brain exercises in the classroom. In an addition to their cognitive exercises, students spend time with their peers in specialty classes, i.e. PE, Art, Computers, or Spanish. The regular school day is 8:15 a.m.- 2:45 p.m.

A day in the Middle School/High School Arrowsmith Program at Crosspoint Warriors

Crosspoint is divided into 8 block periods. The Arrowsmith Program is divided into eight class periods (4 blocks). Most students spend six periods (3 blocks) on the Arrowsmith Program brain exercises, along with two additional academic or elective classes (1 block) specifically designed for each student. The regular school day is 8:15 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

A day in the Arrowsmith Program at Gateway Eagles

The Arrowsmith day is divided into six exercise periods, with a 10 minute break between each exercise. Students in 2-3 grades work on 4 cognitive exercises between 8:00-11:30 a.m. Students grades 4 and above work on 6 cognitive exercises between 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

A day in the Adult Arrowsmith Program and After School Program (ASP)

Adult Arrowsmith evening classes and part-time After School Program are held at our Gateway Eagles campus. Students work on one cognitive area only. The program is between 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. two days per week.

Arrowsmith Exercises

Each student in the Arrowsmith Program has his or her specific cognitive exercises to be completed during the course of a day. The exercises for each student differ depending upon the dysfunctions requiring treatment for their learning disabilities. Each exercise has been designed to target a specific cognitive brain area and each student's program is tailored for that student's particular needs. These include written, visual, auditory and computer exercises. The exercises for each dysfunction are repetitive, gradually gaining in intensity, in order to stimulate specific areas of the brain.

For students and their families, the Arrowsmith Program begins with an in-depth interview designed to assess the candidate's suitability for the program. If it is determined that the student will benefit from the program, enrollment documents are submitted and applicable tuition fees are paid. The next step is a comprehensive assessment which identifies areas of cognitive weakness that the student would benefit from improving. Based on the results of this assessment, a Toronto-based Arrowsmith Program Coordinator then develops an individualized program and outlines the length of the program (the average program is three to four years, with the range being one to four years). Once the Individualized Learning Program is established, the student begins to work on this program, moving forward in small measured steps until the goals identified in the individualized program are reached. Students are enrolled in the Arrowsmith Program only until their individual program is complete, at which time the student will transition into a full academic curriculum. Students are able to capitalize on their increased learning capacities and function without special education assistance or program accommodations.

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