The Arrowsmith Program

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Arrowsmith fees are approximately $26,120 for the full program. This includes testing, registration and ongoing fees for students.

The Arrowsmith Program is based on neuroscience research demonstrating that it is possible to address learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities.

The goal of the program is to help students strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions and enable them to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.

At Oakleigh Grammar we believe that all students can thrive, which is why we employ this world leading program that deals with the root causes of a learning difficulty, rather than managing its symptoms.

Students become effective learners without having to compensate for their learning difficulties. Their ability to perform complex tasks is improved when the weak cognitive areas are strengthened.

Oakleigh Grammar offers the program to both school aged students in Years 3 to 10, where the students undertake four Arrowsmith periods per day and two periods of their choosing in the mainstream classes. Students return to a full academic program at their appropriate grade level without the need for further resource support or curriculum modification following the completion of a three or four year program.

Upon completion of the program some students may require one or two years to gain experience using their newly strengthened cognitive capacities and some students may need tutoring initially to bring academic skills to grade level.

An adult class is also offered at Oakleigh Grammar, which is available to adults aged 17 and over. Students can opt for either Full Time or Part Time courses. Many of our students are high profile business owners, Uni students and academics who wish to improve their memory retention or change the way they work with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia.

The Full Time course consists of six sessions running for 40 minutes, covering six cognitive functions, plus two extra 40 minute sessions covering Motor Symbol Sequencing (MSS) homework and 10 minutes of Journal writing homework per day. As homework is conducted at school and supervised, these periods have been granted permission to be included in total class periods for MSS work, which means that they can move through MSS levels more quickly.

The Part Time course is three to five days per week for an adult group and consists of nine to twelve sessions which run for 40 minutes and cover three to five cognitive functions. Each cognitive function is repeated three times per day to satisfy the Arrowsmith requirements over the space of a week.

Oakleigh Grammar is proud to offer such a life-changing program. If you believe you or your child may benefit from the program, please feel free to follow the link bellow, we are always happy to answer any questions.

To see if you or your child would be suitable for the Arrowsmith Program, please complete the Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Profile Questionnaire below and send back to


In 1977, Barbara Arrowsmith Young, founder of the Arrowsmith Program, hypothesized that targeted cognitive exercises could change the brain and the resultant change would improve an individual’s ability to learn. On February 21st in front of a live audience in New York City, as well as a live broadcast watched by people around the world, three distinguished researchers substantiated this hypothesis. Drs Greg Rose, Lara Boyd and Rachel Weber presented comprehensive findings that confirmed the Arrowsmith Program is changing students’ fundamental capacity to learn. This is neuroplasticity in action.

The research findings reveal significant and positive changes in the abilities of Arrowsmith Program students, including meaningful changes in cognition, academic achievement and social/emotional behaviours. For a detailed summary of these results, please visit the following link: Research Presentation Summary

Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Profile Questionnaire.

Admission Process

The admission process for the Arrowsmith Program at Oakleigh Grammar has four stages:

Stage 1: Fill out an Admission Form
Stage 2: Interview granted
Stage 3: Cognitive Assessment conducted
Stage 4: Offer/Acceptance into Oakleigh Grammar’s Arrowsmith Program

Watch a comprehensive report from Barbara Arrowsmith on how the program could change students’ learning outcomes.

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