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About Eaton Arrowsmith

Eaton Arrowsmith has six different programs for children and teens (kindergarten to grade 12) offered at our Vancouver, White Rock, and Redmond, Washington locations.

Typical EA students are of average or above average intelligence, and have a combination of mild, moderate or severe academic or social learning difficulties that make mainstream curriculums somewhat challenging to very difficult.

To help meet the unique needs of each child, we offer individualized learning plans and a range of program options: full-time, half-day, part-time (after school), Motor Symbol Sequencing, and summer programs.

Eaton Arrowsmith schools in Vancouver and White Rock are classified as Group 3 Independent Schools under the BC Ministry of Education, which means international students (from outside of Canada) are eligible to apply for study permits if they are attending one of these institutions. If you are the parent of an international student and want to find out more about each of our campuses, please click here.


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The Arrowsmith program itself is truly breaking new ground for students with learning differences. We saw changes in our daughters that I do not believe we would have seen had we kept them in the schools they were in. These changes continue to this day.
Jean, EA parent

Eaton Arrowsmith Programs

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Eaton Arrowsmith Full-Time

Students enrolled in the full-time Program in Vancouver and White Rock, BC and in Redmond, WA focus on cognitive exercises for most of the school day. This program works to strengthen the underlying weaknesses that cause learning difficulties so that students can return to mainstream public and private schools with an increased ability to learn. Think of it as a learning intervention to strengthen your son or daughter’s brain for the future.

Most full-time EA students spend six periods of every day on Arrowsmith Program brain exercises in addition to one period of math and one period of English. EA’s academic program is designed to complement the cognitive program and strengthen connections between previously learned skills and concepts, while building the capacity for future lifelong learning.

Students also start the day with a morning run, walk, or yoga class, have a 15-minute recess in the morning and a one-hour lunch/exercise break. Mindfulness training, which teaches students to reflect on their emotions and be engaged and “in the moment”, is also incorporated throughout the day.

Students do not take the full British Columbia or Washington curriculums and typically remain at EA for three to four years. After completing individualized programs of cognitive exercises, students then transition back to full academic programs at other schools. Students re-entering public and private schools before the beginning of grade 10 in BC, or grade 9 in Washington, do not need to repeat any grades. Students who attend EA Vancouver during the 10, 11 and 12th grades can choose to take distance education classes while at EA, or take the GED or Adult Dogwood. For more details about the full-time EA Program, please visit our FAQ page.

Eaton Arrowsmith Half-Day

We offer a half-day program out of our Redmond location. This program runs from 8:30am to 11:30am (morning program) and 12:30pm to 3:15pm (afternoon program).

There are morning and afternoon programs for K-12 students, and a morning program for adults.

Students in the half-day program focus on four cognitive exercises instead of six. Mindfulness training and brain fitness classes are also part of every day.

Eaton Arrowsmith Part-Time

Students in the part-time (after school) program fit the same profile as those in the full-time program. These students are typically of average or above average intelligence, do not have severe emotional or behavioural disorders, have not suffered brain injuries, and do not have severe intellectual disorders. These students have learning difficulties that cause them to struggle to some degree in school or in life.

Students enrolled in this program attend classes twice weekly for two hours after school and work on strengthening one particular cognitive area (instead of six like the full-time program). They do not have any homework, but like full-time students, are given an assessment (called the Arrowsmith Programming Assessment) to establish a plan for their time in the program.

Part-Time Program Schedule

EA White Rock (school aged children)
EA/ECIC Redmond (school aged children and adults)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm (start date Tuesday October 3rd/end date Thursday May 24th)

EA Vancouver (school aged children)

Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00pm -6:00pm (start date Monday September 18th/end date Wednesday May 30th)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm (start date Tuesday October 3rd/end date Thursday May 24th)
Motor Symbol Sequencing Program

Students in the Motor Symbol Sequencing program attend classes every second Thursday (4:00pm-6:00pm) from October to May (a total of 18 two-hour sessions). They also have 1-1.5 hours of “brain homework” each night (5 nights a week). Students in this program are assessed to determine their proficiency on the Motor Symbol Sequencing area only, and do not receive the full Arrowsmith Program Assessment. Motor Symbol Sequencing refers to an individual’s capacity to consistently and sequentially produce a set of symbols (for example, the alphabet and numbers). Students with a weakness in this capacity struggle to translate what is seen through their eyes into speech and writing.

Summer Cognitive Intensive Program

This program is for children and adults who are fit for the Arrowsmith Program and have gone through the assessment process. Individuals who struggle to understand what they are reading, take longer to make connections between concepts, find problem solving and math challenging, are perplexed by jokes or sarcasm, think in a rigid fashion, and always feel a few steps behind in understanding situations, can benefit from this program.

Students spend a total of six weeks (9am-3:00pm Monday-Friday) targeting the symbol relations cognitive function.

This function is responsible for processing concepts, understanding and quickly grasping what we read and hear, gaining insight, logical reasoning, seeing connections between ideas, cause and effect processing, and mathematical reasoning.

Individuals at all levels of functioning in this area can benefit from the Summer Cognitive Intensive Program and do not need to be enrolled at Eaton Arrowsmith in order to join. Our experience has been that through targeting this cognitive function, we see positive developments in an individual’s ability to understand the world around them. Students who take this program can expect to make as much progress in six weeks as they would if enrolled in our part-time, after school program for one year.

Please note that students enrolled in this program are expected to attend all six weeks of the course (July 3rd to August 10th, 2018). This is essential in order to achieve neuroplastic strengthening in the Symbol Relations area of the brain.

The Summer Cognitive Intensive Program is offered at EA Vancouver, White Rock and Redmond.



Summer Extension Program

This program is for current students enrolled in full-time, half-day (Redmond location) and part-time Eaton Arrowsmith programs. It offers students the opportunity to continue their cognitive work over the summer months or get ahead before September.

Eaton Arrowsmith teachers will be in touch with families of enrolled students in May to determine exactly which exercises will be worked on during the Summer Extension Program.

Eaton Arrowsmith in Vancouver, White Rock and Redmond offer the Summer Extension Program half days from July 3rd to August 10th, 2018.

July 3rd – July 20th, mornings
July 3rd – July 20th, afternoons
July 23rd – August 10th, mornings
July 23rd – August 10th, afternoons

MindUp, Extracurricular Activities, Community Service

At Eaton Arrowsmith, we also incorporate social and emotional learning, extracurricular activities and community service into each student’s core program.


Eaton Arrowsmith is pleased to offer MindUP, which was created to help children understand how their thoughts and feelings affect their actions. Through a series of simple lessons, students learn strategies to calm their minds, focus their attention and become more aware of themselves, others and their environment. MindUp was developed on the principle that a child’s overall wellbeing is tied to his or her ability to learn in a classroom environment.

Founded by Goldie Hawn, in collaboration with neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, and educators, the program seeks to foster mindful, focused awareness; to increase positive human qualities, such as empathy, perspective, helpfulness and kindness; to increase optimism and well-being; and to foster a cohesive, caring classroom environment.


  • Extracurricular Activities

3X5A2497Students have the opportunity to participate in various extracurricular activities throughout the year. From baking, fashion, knitting, dance and theatre arts to cross country running, yoga, outdoor games and a student newspaper, there is something for everyone. Students can demonstrate their abilities or learn new skills. EA also holds craft nights, talent shows, concerts and athletic events throughout the year.


  • Community Service

We are a community of educators, parents and students, and we like to give back to other communities both locally and globally. Some of our annual commitments include the Terry Fox Run, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation: HSBC ChildRun, Jeans Day (for BC Children’s Hospital), Presents of Peace, the Vancouver Sun Run, and the Workout to Conquer Cancer.

We also encourage our students to initiate and lead fundraising efforts. Students have participated in the MS Read-a-thon, the MD Read-a-thon, BC Heart and Stroke Foundations’ Jump Rope for Heart, Fundraising for Victims of the Tsunami, Fundraising for Children in Cambodia, India Well Project, and the Myanmar Relief Fund from Cyclone Nargis.

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News & Events
May 16, 2017

On May 15th 2017  Eaton Arrowsmith Vancouver cognitive and academic staff members came together, along with some of our alumni parents and students for our first ever round table discussion about life before, during and especially after Eaton Arrowsmith! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the transition to and…  Read More »

May 9, 2017

Join us online via our YouTube channel for our first ever round table discussion with current Eaton Arrowsmith cognitive and academic teachers, EA alumni students and their parents as we discuss life before,during and especially after Eaton Arrowsmith! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the transition to…  Read More »