Transition Process at EA, ECIC and Magnussen

Eaton Arrowsmith has successfully transitioned more than 300 students from our programs to mainstream school systems over the last decade.

Click on the dropdown menu for information about each school’s transition process.

Initial Arrowsmith Cognitive Assessment

When students first enroll at EA, they receive an Arrowsmith Programming Assessment. This assessment provides an overview of a student’s cognitive abilities, an outline of his/her individualized program, and an estimated program length.

Yearly Assessment

Every year, by December, principals/directors work with teachers and Arrowsmith Program coordinators to analyze each student’s progress in relation to his/her program goals (set out in the initial Arrowsmith Programming Assessment). Daily and monthly progress is also entered into an online system that is reviewed by program coordinators at the Arrowsmith Program’s head school in Toronto, Canada. The results of the yearly assessment – along with staff feedback regarding academic and social readiness – determine if a student is ready to transition back to a traditional school.

Notification of Program Completion

Parents are notified by December 1st if their child is in the final semester of his/her program at EA. This gives families a whole term to prepare.

Getting Ready for Change

In the final months of a student’s time at EA, families should do the following:

  • Visit schools (pick a selection that matches the interests/needs of the student and go to their open houses to see what they offer and determine pros and cons).
  • Assess if they’re going to move away from Vancouver (especially if they moved to the city to attend EA).
  • Decide if the school in their catchment fits their needs.
  • Prepare emotionally for the transition. EA helps each student get ready to transition to a new, different environment. Preparation often includes transition classes and increased academics at EA or via neighbourhood resources.

For more advice on transitioning, click here to view EA’s Transition Process Framework. 

For more information about how EA measures student progress, click here.

Initial Arrowsmith Cognitive Assessment

When students first enroll at ECIC, they receive an Arrowsmith Programming Assessment. This assessment provides an overview of a student’s cognitive abilities, an outline of his/her individualized program, and an estimated program length.

Yearly Assessment

Every year, by December, principals/directors work with teachers and Arrowsmith Program coordinators to analyze each student’s progress in relation to his/her program goals (set out in the initial Arrowsmith Programming Assessment). Daily and monthly progress is also entered into an online system that is reviewed by program coordinators at the Arrowsmith Program’s head school in Toronto, Canada. The results of the yearly assessment – along with staff feedback regarding social and emotional readiness – determine if a student is ready to transition to college, university or the workplace.

Notification of Program Completion

Families and students are notified by December 1st if the student is in the final semester of his/her program at ECIC. This gives families a whole term to prepare.

ECIC staff members offer steps to help students become increasingly dependent regardless of whether they are returning to the program or transitioning to the next phase of their lives – jobs, post-secondary education, etc.

Instructors meet with students again in February and during the summer to further review cognitive progress and offer career/school counseling advice.

Students transition to local public or private high schools after completing grade seven.

Magnussen teachers encourage parents to speak with them about the next educational steps for their child, as well as staff members at their child’s new school. It is important for parents to share information about Magnussen and the educational, emotion and social needs of their children.

Alumni regularly visit Magnussen after transitioning, as the school community fosters such strong bonds.

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June 12, 2018

We recently conducted a survey with Eaton Arrowsmith parents and discovered that 65 per cent of the time the decision to send a child to EA is made by both parents. Mothers are typically thought to be the decision-makers when it comes to their children. In fact, 84 per cent…  Read More »

May 7, 2018

Howard Eaton’s new book, The Brain Pioneer: The True Story of How Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Used Brain Science to Help Children With Learning Disabilities, can now be ordered on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Current Eaton Arrowsmith families will soon be able to purchase the book at a discounted rate from their schools….  Read More »