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The Arrowsmith Program is based on the application of neuroscientific research and for 40 years has worked to help students (and adults) increase their capacity to learn. The goal of the program is to help participants become more effective, confident, and self-directed learners. NMCS is one of only 31 schools in the nation to offer this unique program.  


Keep reading for more information or to complete a free confidential questionnaire which may help you decide if the Arrowsmith Program is right for you or your child.



The Arrowsmith Program is a classroom-based program that is founded on the principles of neuroplasticity and works to strengthen weak cognitive areas that are the underlying causes of learning disabilities and struggles in learning.

"I now find it much easier to write and much easier to copy things down. I can now understand concepts in math without much effort and apply them to problems." - 15-year-old Arrowsmith School Student

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a typical Arrowsmith candidate?

The typical student enrolled in an Arrowsmith Program:

  • Is of average or above average intelligence

  • Has a combination of the learning difficulties outlined below

  • Does not have severe intellectual, cognitive, emotional or behavioral disorders that would significantly affect his or her ability to participate in the program

  • Does not have any acquired brain injury or an autism spectrum disorder

  • Is of elementary, secondary or post-secondary school age

These are guidelines only. 

Is the program tailored to the student? How does that work?

The program is individualized for each student. Through an Arrowsmith assessment we are able to identify the student's areas of cognitive strengths and weakness, and we create a tailored program based on these results. 

How much of the day would my child spend doing Arrowsmith exercises?

A student spends about half their day in an Arrowsmith classroom doing cognitive exercises.

How long are students in the program?

Typically students are in the program between 3 - 4 years; however, cases may vary from 1 - 5 years. 

When would one expect to see evidence of cognitive change?

We can begin to see changes in students after 3 - 4 months of participation in the program. For example, if the student has a Motor Symbol Sequencing difficulty, where he/she has trouble learning motor plans for writing, work in this area quite often begins to improve handwriting after a few months of work. 

What is the student:teacher ratio?

10:1. The students work independently with frequent teacher monitoring and feedback.

Is there homework associated with the program?

Two of the cognitive exercises (Word & Tracing) have a 30 minute homework component to provide further opportunity for cognitive growth. At home students will do exactly the same thing they are doing in class, so parents do not and should not help their child with their homework. 

Who does the program benefit?

Students entering the Arrowsmith Program have ordinarily been experiencing a range of difficulties such as problems with:

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Mathmatics

  • Comprehension

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Visual Memory

  • Auditory Memory

  • Dyslexia

  • Non-Verbal Learning

  • Auditory Processing

  • Attention


For an overview of the more common learning problems addressed by the Arrowsmith Program read the  Chart of Learning Outcomes

Interested in learning more? 

Contact our Arrowsmith Teacher, Heidi Zuiderveen with any questions or give our office a call. 

Heidi Zuiderveen, or (231)-825-2492

Are you wondering if the Arrowsmith Program® is right for you and/or your child?  The Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Profile Questionnaire is now available, confidential and free of charge.  Click the image below to get started!

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