Quick Facts

  • Grades 1-12
  • Co-educational
  • Day school
  • Independent/private school
  • Lower, Middle, Upper Schools in one campus
  • 200 students
  • 10 or fewer students per class
  • Location: Birmingham, Michigan
  • Students commute daily from cities across southeast Michigan
  • Member of the Association of Independent Schools in Michigan (AIMS)
  • Accredited by NCA
  • Awarded ISACS Accreditation in 1997, 2000 and 2008
  • Awarded the National Exemplary School status from the U.S. Department of Education



Eton Academy educates students with reading, attention and other learning challenges -- building academic skills and self-confidence in an accepting and supportive environment.

School Community

  • Students who have the capacity to achieve in our program.
  • Students whose primary challenge is academic.
  • Students who have average to above average cognitive abilities.
  • Students who have struggled academically in other educational settings.
  • Students with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing, reading deficiencies, process speed challenges, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning differences, and dysgraphia.
  • Families who form a positive and productive partnership with school by actively participating in their student's academic program, school events, activities, and parent education opportunities.


  • Provide positive, non-threatening, and nurturing environment in classes of no more than 10 students.
  • Build academic skills and learning strategies by using multi-sensory and neurodevelopmental approaches in a literacy-focused curriculum.
  • Provide personalized instruction by continually evaluating a student's academic, social, and emotional needs.
  • Hire compassionate and caring faculty who are committed to educating students with learning challenges and have a commitment to further their teacher education.
  • Promote student development by recognizing student strengths, teaching skills that support social success, strengthening academic and school transitions.
  • Teach students to self-advocate by identifying their strengths and challenges and understanding their learning styles.
  • Provide ongoing parent education and support to promote the partnership between school and home and share Eton's resources with the greater community.



Founded as the Adventure School in 1980 by Gary W. Pedersen, the school was started as a tutorial for children with learning disabilities who found it difficult to function well in the traditional school setting.

As community awareness grew, and with it an ever-increasing enrollment, the need for a full-curriculum school became apparent. In 1986, Eton Academy was founded from the Adventure School. In 1988, Eton purchased the St. Columban school building. Through an extensive renovation and restoration program, the building was transformed into our current campus.