The Arrowsmith Program


About The Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith program is a cognitive program designed to strengthen learning capacities rather than learning ways to compensate for learning disabilities. The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of sound neuroscientific research for over 35 years, demonstrating that it is possible to help students strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning disability.
In the Arrowsmith Program students receive an individualised program of cognitive exercises designed to address one or more of nineteen identified areas of cognitive weakness. The Arrowsmith Program deals with the causes of the learning disability rather than managing the symptoms. Students become more effective learners, capable of performing complex tasks once the weak cognitive areas are strengthened.

The Arrowsmith Program commenced thirty years ago at the Arrowsmith School in Ontario, Canada and now operates in over thirty schools in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Further information on the Arrowsmith Program can be found at:

icon The Arrowsmith Program Brochure


The Arrowsmith Program at TIGS

In 2015 The Illawarra Grammar School commenced a full time Arrowsmith Class for 10 students in the Junior School. In 2016 a part time Program and an MSS Home Program were added. The part time class enables TIGS High School students, Junior School students and twice exceptional students to access the Program. The MSS Home Program is a home based Program and TIGS students of all ages and students from other schools both locally and further afield to access the benefits of the program.

Full time students spend half the day completing 4 cognitive exercises (4x40 min periods) in the Arrowsmith room and the other half of the day is spent in a regular class with their grade peer group. In that class their teacher will be addressing Board of Studies outcomes through differentiated instruction. Support may be given if deemed appropriate for the student on a case by case consideration. Students are included in Sport each week, athletics carnivals, cross country, swimming carnivals, assemblies, camps and excursions.
Part time and MSS Home students attend Arrowsmith after school and their regular class learning is not impacted by attending the Arrowsmith Program at TIGS. To enable the completion of the home practice associated with the MSS exercise it is advisable to reduce any other homework set by schools, where possible.  

Selection Criteria

In determining the eligibility of a student to participate in the Arrowsmith Program at TIGS, the following selection criteria will be considered. The student will be:

  • Enrolled in, or close to, the preferred cohort of Year 3 or 4 (for the Full Time Program)
  • Enrolled in the cohort of Year 3 onwards (for the Part Time Program)
  • Currently  receiving documented curriculum adjustments in the mainstream setting due to learning difficulties (documentary evidence required
  • Have a combination of the learning dysfunctions that are described on the Arrowsmith School website (please use the icon Suitability Checklist together with any supporting documentation)
  • Be of average or above average intelligence
  • Not diagnosed as having emotional or behavioural disorders to a level that would significantly affect the student from engaging in the Arrowsmith Program, relate to their peer group and teachers (School reports for last two years required)
  • Not have an acquired brain injury or an autistic spectrum disorder


Yearly Cost - TIGS Students
(on top of standard tuition fees)
Full Time Programme $10 000
Home MSS $3000
Part Time 1 cognitive area $4000
Part Time and Home MSS $6000

Yearly Cost - External Students

Full Time Programme  Not available at present
Home MSS $3000
Part Time 1 cognitive area $5000
Part Time and Home MSS $8000


Expressions of Interest are currently being accepted

Please click here to submit an Expression of Interest
For further information, please contact Enrolments on 4220 0216 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.