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In 2011, Valor Christian Academy (then Bridgeway) became one of three schools in the metro-Atlanta area to offer the Arrowsmith Program. A cognitive program for students with learning differences, Arrowsmith is based on neuroscience research and over 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific, cognitive exercises.


The Arrowsmith Program identifies, intervenes, and strengthens the weak cognitive capacities that affect learning.  Students are able to capitalize on their increased learning capacities and after a three or four-year program can function without special education assistance or program accommodations. Upon completion of the program, some students may require one to 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 given the limited amount of time within the program to address academic skill deficits.


The Arrowsmith Program is suitable for students across the broad spectrum of mild to severe learning problems and has proven effective for students having difficulty with:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Visual and auditory memory
  • Non-verbal learning
  • Attention
  • Processing speed
  • Dyslexia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Working Memory


For an overview of the more common problems addressed please read our Chart of Learning Outcomes.


Is My Child a Candidate for Arrowsmith?

The Cognitive Profile Questionaire is a great resource for helping parents determine if their student is a potential candidate for The Arrowsmith Program at VCA.  It will take approximately 20 -30 minutes to complete and a short report will be generated for you to print as needed.  All data generated is anonymous and will not be evaluated by VCA or the Arrowsmith Program.