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“For the first time, I understand why I do what I do.”  

The Arrowsmith assessment provides an informative perspective of one’s learning experience.  The purpose of the assessment is to measure the underlying cognitive capacities that are responsible for learning, and to create an individualized report which identifies one’s unique and specific combination of strengths and weaknesses. For many, an Arrowsmith report is the first time an individual or family comes to understand the underlying causes of one’s learning disability, inconsistent performance, or social and emotional difficulties. 

The Arrowsmith Program Assessment Difference

Based on foundational neuroscientific research, the Arrowsmith Program recognizes learning as the result of the complex interactions of brain networks. These networks are comprised of distributed regions of the brain and each perform their own unique job, what Arrowsmith calls cognitive functions. Everything we do, from reading to solving a math problem, from navigating a new social situation to remembering our responsibilities in the workplace, requires these cognitive functions to be working together. If one or more of these functions are weak, learning becomes difficult.  

A traditional assessment usually seeks to diagnose a learning disability such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, poor executive function, attention problems or auditory processing disorder. The Arrowsmith assessment goes beyond such diagnoses and determines which discrete cognitive functions are weak and therefore leading to these diagnoses. Each function is measured on a 12-point rating scale, which indicates the degree to which a function is operating, and therefore the degree to which it is capable of contributing to a given learning task. 

Upon completion of the assessment, an individualized report is created. This learning profile summaries the individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses by describing each function, its contribution to the learning process, and its rating. It offers a comprehensive understanding of one’s unique cognitive composition and how it impacts the learning experience.  A post-assessment meeting is arranged and with staff guidance, individuals or a family comes to understand the learning profile and how it relates to an individual’s learning experience. The learning profile also includes recommendations, including programs offered in Toronto and Peterborough that lead to measurable changes in the individual’s capacity to learn. 

The Arrowsmith Program Assessment is not a traditional psychological or educational assessment and cannot be used to obtain mainstream school accommodations, curriculum modifications or compensations that a conventional assessment might.  Instead, it classifies the nature of one’s strengths and difficulties across a continuum of ability, and recommends individualized programming to address the learning disability, not compensate for it. 

Assessments at Arrowsmith School Toronto and Arrowsmith School Peterborough 

The Arrowsmith School campuses in Toronto and Peterborough schedule assessments throughout the calendar year. Typically, in addition to the assessment, individuals also spend time with their peers in the cognitive classroom and during school breaks. 

Janice Jordan, Psychometrist, graduate of the University of Toronto Institute of Child Studies and member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, Psychotherapists) completes the Assessments at Arrowsmith School Toronto. 

Arrowsmith School Peterborough Principals and senior Arrowsmith staff, Jill Marcinkowski and Rob Gunning, complete the Assessments at Arrowsmith School Peterborough.   

The assessment process is approximately 1-2 days, depending on the age of the student. The hours of scheduling differ slightly between Toronto and Peterborough however the assessment, individualized learning profile, and post-assessment meeting to discuss results are identical and reflect the mission and values of the Arrowsmith Schools and Program. 

An Arrowsmith assessment is the first step to transforming one’s ability to learn with greater ease and independence. For further information and scheduling please contact:

Arrowsmith School Peterborough at +1-705-741-4800 or  

Arrowsmith School Toronto at +1-647-465-0759 or

“Suddenly an array of behaviors and challenges had an explanation. The Arrowsmith assessment turned on the lights for us. It also led to a great deal more empathy, understanding and compassion for our son.”

Payment, Deposit and Cancellation policy 

Arrowsmith School Toronto Assessment fee is $2,500. Arrowsmith School Peterborough is $2,000. A deposit of $500 at the time of scheduling is requested. Please contact us as soon as possible if rescheduling is required. We try to accommodate such requests and reserve the right to retain the deposit if adequate notice is not provided.

Assessments at Arrowsmith Program Sites  

Arrowsmith Program sites around the world also have trained staff who can administer the Arrowsmith assessment. Please see Participating Schools to find a site near you. 

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Hear what other parents have to say about the Arrowsmith assessment process.

“It is like an operator’s manual for the brain, each one unique.”  

 “It explains so much of the way our daughter behaves and understands her world.”