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 difficulties. 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 difficulty.

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.


The Arrowsmith Program at TIGS

In 2015 The Illawarra Grammar School commenced offering the Arrowsmith Program. We offer 3 ways to access this remarkable cognitive program. A full-time program is available for TIGS Junior School students. Our part-time and Motor Symbol Sequencing (MSS) home based programs are available for TIGS or external students from 8 years old through to adults.
Full-time students spend approximately half the day completing 4 cognitive exercises in the Arrowsmith room and the other half of the day is spent in a regular class participating in teaching and learning activities with their grade peer group, differentiated to suit their needs. Students participate in Sport and P.E. each week, athletics carnivals, cross country, swimming carnivals, assemblies, camps and excursions.

Part time students complete 2 cognitive exercises from 3.30pm - 6.00pm or 3 exercises 2.00pm - 6.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during school term time.

MSS home based students complete that exercise at home and have a 1 hour lesson fortnightly on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.


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

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.

Additional Resources

The Arrowsmith Program at TIGS 

The Arrowsmith website 

Latest Arrowsmith Research

Arrowsmith Testimonials


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