One of the fundamental strengths of the Arrowsmith Program is the assessment that each student receives at the beginning of his or her program and at the end of each school year.
The purpose of the assessment is to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the student’s learning areas in order to create a learning profile which is used as a basis for designing an individualized program of cognitive exercises to meet the learning needs of each student.
The year-end assessment allows us to ascertain the progress that each student has made during the year and to modify the student’s program of cognitive exercises for the following year.
The assessment at Arrowsmith School in Toronto is conducted by Janice Jordan, who is a graduate of the University of Toronto Institute of Child Studies and a trained psychometrist.
The assessment at Arrowsmith School Peterborough is conducted by Jill Marcinkowski, the Principal and Rob Gunning the Vice-Principal.
We will arrange a meeting with you approximately four to six weeks after the assessment is complete to discuss the results.
This meeting will take about an hour at which time we will provide you with a written learning profile describing the strengths and weaknesses in the specific learning areas that have been assessed. For a list of the cognitive areas assessed, please view our Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed and our Chart of Learning Outcomes.
What is involved in the assessment process?
At Arrowsmith School Toronto, the full assessment process ordinarily takes one day to complete, depending on the individual’s age. The assessment starts at 9:15 a.m. and continues to 4:00 p.m. each day.
At Arrowsmith School Peterborough, the full assessment process ordinarily takes two to four days to complete, depending on the individual’s age. The assessment starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues to 3:00 p.m. each day.
Each student is assessed using tests developed by Barbara Arrowsmith Young at Arrowsmith School as well as standardized tests of skills.
These include achievement tests assessing word recognition, spelling, reading comprehension, writing, arithmetic, tests of cognitive ability, and tests assessing the levels of strength and weakness of each of the areas of learning dysfunction that are described in the Description of Learning Dysfunctions Addressed.
The tests are used to identify the student’s specific learning profile and will also be used as the basis for designing his or her individual program of cognitive exercises when the student enrolls at Arrowsmith School.
Payment, Deposit and Cancellation policy
The assessment fee at Arrowsmith School Toronto is $2,500. We request that you provide us with this fee in full at the time of scheduling the Assessment.
At Arrowsmith School Peterborough, the assessment fee is $2,000. We request that you provide us with a deposit in the amount of $500 at the time of scheduling the appointment for testing and the balance of $1,500 on the first day of testing.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you find it necessary to reschedule the appointment. While we will try to accommodate such requests, we reserve the right to retain the deposit if we do not receive adequate notice of the cancellation or if we are unable to fill the appointment that has been cancelled.
Assessment for Students not Enroling in Arrowsmith School
Arrowsmith School Toronto also offers a cognitive assessment, which identifies individuals’ strengths and weaknesses to adults, or children who live in an area that does not offer an Arrowsmith Program.
This assessment is a useful tool that provides an in depth understanding of how that individual learns. It is important to note that the Arrowsmith Program has not been designed as a home program for distance education. This program is most effectively delivered within a school environment and as such, if individuals live in an area that does not offer an Arrowsmith Program they will not be able to access the cognitive programs upon completion of the assessment.