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About Eaton Arrowsmith

Eaton Arrowsmith has full-time, part-time and half-day programs for children in kindergarten to grade 12.

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

To help meet the unique needs of each child, we offer individualized learning plans and program options.

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 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.

For information about tuition, click here. Or if you are interested in the admissions process, click here.


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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EA offers full-time remediation in six cognitive functions each year, in addition to math and English instruction. EA’s academic program is designed to compliment the cognitive program and strengthen connections between previously learned skills and concepts, while building the capacity for future lifelong learning.

Students also participate in daily physical activities and mindfulness training, which teaches students to reflect on their emotions and be engaged and “in the moment”.

Students are able to derive the very best from their cognitive and academic programs when they are also involved in activities that help them develop socially and give them the ability to use their new learning capacities. As a result, EA provides experiences such as field trips and other special interest activities on a regular basis.

Students do not take the full British Columbia or Washington curricula 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.

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).

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.

* Interested in learning about our flexible part-time and summer options as well? Click here to find out about our part-time and summer programs.

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
April 3, 2019

You’re invited to the screening of Mindset Matters, a 45-minute documentary film that follows a Surrey, BC class participating in the six week PowerPlay Young Entrepreneur program, and documents the students’ journey, placing special focus on four students who have unique social and educational needs. After, you’ll have the opportunity…  Read More »

February 28, 2019

  *live stream link now available – read on for more information! Eaton Arrowsmith and the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, Barbara Arrowsmith Young, are hosting an exciting Arrowsmith Program research update presentation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada on Thursday March 14th 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm PST.  This presentation will be similar to…  Read More »