A Safe Place to Learn and Grow
The middle school years are complex. To be successful in school, middle school students need self-confidence and social skills. Not only are they learning, they're building a foundation of knowledge that will lead them into college and beyond. Daunting for any pre-teen and teenaged student, these years are even more complicated when combined with a learning challenge.
Being different from your peers can be devastating. Especially in a classroom where other students do not have a learning challenge. That difference often becomes the focus, which is damaging to an already fragile self-esteem.
At Eton Academy, our Middle School Program is designed to address the complexities of middle school -- specifically for that of the different learner. Eton ensures that students feel safe, supported and comfortable in school.
Personal Attention Makes the Difference
With no more than 10 students in any class, teachers get to know their students well. Teachers provide guidance in daily social interaction, peer relationships and social awareness.
Eton's specially trained teachers deliver lessons in a multi-sensory way and teach to concept mastery. This way, students truly learn the skills needed to build a foundation for future academic success.
While teaching specific curriculum topics, teachers also skillfully incorporate instruction on critical life skills, such as:
- Goal Setting
- Social Skills
- Team Work
- Positive Behavior
- Self Awareness
- Self Advocacy
No More Going to the LRC
Many students say that going to special education services, also known as the "LRC" can cause embarrassment. They also miss lessons, as they shuttle from room to room. With Eton's small class size, students don't have to go to "LRC."
Special services are provided within class, reducing the loss of learning that results from going back and forth to different rooms. It also aids in putting all students on level ground socially. By not pointing out any one student for his or her challenges, it's a positive social experience.
Options for Moving into Middle School
One of the most difficult parts of moving into middle school from elementary school is the daily transitions -- changing classes, changing teachers, moving around and managing your day. It may cause anxiety, and some students just aren't ready. Yet, they're ready to learn at the level of middle school.
This is why Eton Academy has two Middle School Programs, Traditional and Transition.