Our Students

Students at Eaton Arrowsmith, Eaton Arrowsmith Adults and Magnussen have different needs and backgrounds, but they all share one common experience: the mainstream school system does not work for them.

Read through the below descriptions of our students to find out if our schools are right for you or your child.

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You’ve struggled as a parent to help your child thrive in school. No matter what you do, or how many ways your child tries to work around his or her learning difficulty, the tears and hours of homework continue every night. You see your smart and talented son or daughter’s confidence plummet, but you don’t know what to do. The gap between your child and his or her peers seems to be getting wider.

Or, your child is getting good grades only by spending hours every night reviewing materials and preparing for class. You struggle to help your son or daughter keep up night after night – watching his or her time for play and extracurricular activities shrink.

You feel stressed that your child is missing out on being a kid and you can’t help but feel like there must be a way to make school less stressful for the entire family.

These are experiences shared by many families who move their children from public or private schools to embrace a different solution like Eaton Arrowsmith.

If your child......
  • is of average or above average intelligence overall, or in a number of cognitive areas
  • has a combination of mild, moderate or severe learning or attention difficulties
  • is between 6 and 17-years-old
  • does not have emotional or behavioural disorders that affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program
  • does not have emotional or behavioural disorders that affect his or her classmate's ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program
  • does not have severe intellectual or cognitive disorders (universal global delay, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Autism, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder) that affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program
......Eaton Arrowsmith could be an excellent option.

If this sounds like your child, please review the program options for Eaton Arrowsmith.

 

The above criteria are guidelines only. There are many students who fall within these guidelines; others who may require further consideration and still others for whom we feel this program cannot provide meaningful benefit.

For example, we do not accept children with severe autism but we have had success with high functioning students with Asperger Syndrome. Some professionals consider Asperger Syndrome to be the same as or similar to high functioning autism, others associate it with non-verbal learning disorder. There is no hard and fast rule and we will consider their appropriateness for our program in consultation with the student’s parents.

You’ve struggled in school throughout your life. You needed a lot of support from family and friends to graduate from high school.

Now you’ve started a college or university program and feel overwhelmed by the workload and your new responsibilities.

Or maybe you’re already working and find yourself having a hard time understanding social situations or instructions from bosses, customers and coworkers.

Students who attend Eaton Arrowsmith Adults are over the age of 18 and come to the centre with varied needs and goals. Some are transitioning from high school to post-secondary. Others are preparing for new employment opportunities.

If you......
  • are of average or above average intelligence, but have struggled in academic and/or social situations due to a combination of cognitive strengths and weaknesses or have a combination of learning difficulties
  • are over 18 years old
  • do not suffer from emotional or behavioural disorders that would significantly affect your ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program
  • does not have emotional or behavioural disorders that affect his or her classmate's ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program
  • do not suffer from severe intellectual or cognitive disorders such as universal global delay, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Autism, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder
......EA Adults could be right for you.

If this sounds like you, please review the program options for Eaton Arrowsmith Adults.

“I have had a great experience at EA Adults over the past three years. The teachers have been helpful. I have also gained a lot of knowledge. The future will be easier for me now.

– Max, EA Adults student

 

The above criteria are guidelines only. There are many students who fall within these guidelines; others who may require further consideration and still others for whom we feel this program cannot provide meaningful benefit.

For example, we do not accept children with severe autism but we have had success with high functioning students with Asperger Syndrome. Some professionals consider Asperger Syndrome to be the same as or similar to high functioning autism, others associate it with non-verbal learning disorder. There is no hard and fast rule and we will consider their appropriateness for our program in consultation with the student’s parents.

Your child is a curious, passionate learner and you’re looking for a school that will nurture his or her talents while also providing emotional support and encouragement. You love watching your son or daughter express his or her creativity and independence, but the mainstream school system just can’t accommodate your out-of-the-box thinker. Why should your child’s success in school be stifled by a traditional education model that just doesn’t work for him or her?

At Magnussen, we celebrate all learners and their abilities. Our educators teach to students’ strengths and support them as they improve in areas of challenge.

If your child......
  • is in kindergarten through grade seven
  • is generally at or above grade level academically
  • feels passionate about his or her individual interests
  • enjoys a school environment that fosters the freedom to learn in a self-directed manner
  • benefits from a lot of movement throughout the day
  • prefers individual sports and activities
  • periodically displays anxiety in academic or social environments
  • embraces creativity
  • likes flexibility when it comes to task completion schedules
  • thrives in an environment where they feel emotionally safe, attached and connected to their teachers
......Magnussen could be a great choice

If this sounds like your child, please review the program options for Magnussen School.

 

Magnussen is not the right choice for students with behavioral challenges.

Magnussen is a community where every child’s opinion matters; where idiosyncrasies are not just tolerated, but celebrated. Learning tends to be varied in form and content, innovative, and open to interpretation. The teachers bring humour, faith and enjoyment to the classroom. I can’t think of a better environment for a child who 'marches to the beat of his own drum'.
Patti Drobot, Magnussen Parent
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