Our Students

Students at Eaton Arrowsmith and Eaton Arrowsmith Adults 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.

For more information on the 19 learning dysfunctions that we can help you or your child overcome, click here.

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.

In essence, Arrowsmith is for everyone who is interested in unlocking their brain’s potential.  Whether your son or daughter struggles with learning or attention difficulties, has been called a ‘low or under achiever,’ just needs a boost in order to keep up with the pace of instruction, or has even sustained a concussion, Eaton Arrowsmith may be the answer.

 

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.

In essence, Arrowsmith is for everyone who is interested in unlocking their brain’s potential.  Whether your son or daughter struggles with learning or attention difficulties, has been called a ‘low or under achiever,’ just needs a boost in order to keep up with the pace of instruction, or has even sustained a concussion, Eaton Arrowsmith may be the answer.

 

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.

I’d reached the point where we couldn’t keep just band-aiding the situation any longer,” said an EA mother who moved her family from Australia to Vancouver so that her 17-year-old son, Jake, could attend EA. “Jake came to me in tears and told me he just couldn’t go on like this anymore…he said he didn’t want to keep living in a fog and I had to find a solution because he couldn’t go on another day.
Sue Hollis, EA Vancouver Parent
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August 2, 2019

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July 24, 2019

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