Arrowsmith Program

The Arrowsmith Program is an optional program within River Valley School that is geared specifically towards our Grade 1-6 students with identified learning disabilities and/or learning challenges.

Our Arrowsmith certified teachers focus on the science of Neuroplasticity to retrain the brain and give students the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in life. River Valley School is the only school in Alberta that offers the Arrowsmith Program. Students can participate in this program on a full-time, part-time, after-school or through various customizable schedules!

Various schedule options are available:

Quarter Time Arrowsmith Program
Part Time Arrowsmith Program
Three Quarter Time Arrowsmith Program
Full Time Arrowsmith Program
Afterschool Arrowsmith Program

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Curious if this program is right for your child? Contact and we’d be happy to provide more information on this specialized program!

Is the Arrowsmith Program suitable for your child?

Students entering Arrowsmith School typically experience a range of problems including:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning
  • Visual memory
  • Auditory memory
  • Dyslexia
  • Auditory processing
  • Attention

The Typical Student for River Valley School’s Arrowsmith Program

  • Is of average or above average intelligence
  • Has a combination of the learning difficulties that are described
  • Does not have severe intellectual, cognitive, emotional or behavioural disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the Arrowsmith Program.
  • Does not have acquired brain injury or an autism spectrum disorder

These are guidelines only. There are many students who fall within these guidelines; there is no hard and fast rule and we will consider their appropriateness for our program in consultation with the student’s parents.