The Right Approach for Success

Eton students are each unique and remarkable. They deserve an educational experience that can say exactly the same.

This is why, at Eton Academy, we've developed the Eton Approach -- a complete system for teaching and learning at Eton Academy.

It's more than curriculum, the Eton Approach is the foundation for student success. The Eton Approach blends researched-based teaching methods with an accepting environment that is nurturing, warm and kind.

At Eton, we view curriculum differently. Here, curriculum encompasses everything that takes place in a student's life from the moment they step out of the car or bus that morning, to the point when they return after the school day is complete. Every one of those moments is a teachable moment, and is an important part of our curriculum.

Additionally, the Eton Approach:

  • Adapts to how students learn and process information.
  • Respects how students and parents feel.
  • Provides teachers with assessments and data to make decisions regarding personalized instruction on an ongoing basis.
  • Delivers instruction using the following techniques: multi-sensory, sequential, systematic, cumulative, direct, cross-curricular, hands-on and experiential.


The Eton Approach "Essential-Eight"

The Eton Approach is comprised of eight essential components. Below is a summary of each:

  1. Personalized Educational Program
    Educating students with reading, attention and other learning challenges requires something different ... personalization.
    • Eton's Personalized Educational Program provides students with an unparalleled level of individualization.
    • Eton's curriculum, teaching methodologies, along with the specific assessments used throughout the Personalized Educational Program, result in curriculum and instruction designed specifically for each Eton student.
    • Personalization is not only what we do at Eton, it's how we do it, too.

    Student Learning Portfolio
    By knowing and understanding a student fully, we can provide the personalized education that the Eton Approach demands; this begins with the Student Learning Portfolio.
    • The Student Learning Portfolio functions as a repository of information about each student.
    • The Student Learning Portfolio includes:
      • Individualized learning goals.
      • A neurodevelopmental profile of each student.
      • Essential psycho-educational testing results.
      • Keys to their success.
      • Reading and math assessments.
      • Social/emotional inventory.
    • The Student Learning Portfolio serves as the basis for Student Learning Goals, developed for each student by teachers and directors.
  3. Student Learning Goals & Reports
    Seeing the big-picture allows for greater focus. To this end, the Eton Approach incorporates the use of Student Learning Goals -- three to six broad-reaching goals, specific to each student.
    • Student Learning Goals, when achieved, will lead to greater academic success.
    • Student Learning Goals are based on the Student Learning Portfolio and the Personalized Educational Program.
    • Student Learning Goals meetings (held weekly) allow directors, teachers and advisors to discuss the student's daily and weekly progress -- ensuring that short-term progress points towards long-term Learning Goals achievement.
    • Comprehensive assessments of each student as it relates to his or her Learning Goals are provided to parents through Learning Goals Reports.
    • Reports are delivered on a six to eight week frequency through a secure website.
  4. Student Progress & Reports
    Breaking down larger goals into daily progress is an effective way to measure success. This is why Eton provides parents with Student Progress Reports.
    • Student Progress is assessed on a weekly basis, reflecting daily activities.
    • Student Progress Reports are provided to parents weekly through a secure website. Parent receipt is confirmed electronically, and parents can add their own comments.
    • Student Progress Reports provide a brief summary of the student's general performance.
  5. Annual Student Profile Review
    Personalization hinges upon a continuous understanding of each student and his or her subsequent plan for learning. To ensure we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about each student's learning needs, the Eton Approach incorporates an Annual Student Profile Review.
    • The Annual Student Profile Review is a multi-day review process conducted in the spring each year.
    • Directors, teachers and advisors perform a thorough review of each Student Profile, including the student's classroom work, Student Learning Goals and progress in school.
    • The resulting information is the basis for Student Learning Goals for the following school year.
  6. Specialized Teacher Training
    With many scientific developments, the field of educating students with learning challenges is ever-changing.
    • Our teachers must keep up with the latest research and trends to determine if any changes or modifications need to be made to the Eton Approach.
    • Eton provides robust teacher training and professional development for faculty and staff on an ongoing basis.
    • In addition, Eton offers numerous parent education opportunities such as LD training, guest speakers, informal group conversation and a Community Resource Room filled with materials for parent check-out.
  7. Teacher Advisor / Student Advisee
    The key to achieving success often lies in having strong support and sage advice. Eton Academy's Teacher Advisors serve this crucial role.
    • Teacher Advisors build positive relationships with their Student Advisees and pave the way for progress in student learning, self-awareness and self-confidence.
    • All Eton teachers serve as advisors to approximately seven to 10 students throughout the school year.
    • Advisors also serve as a point of contact for parents, and deliver formal assessments of each Student Advisee's progress and achievement towards reaching their goals.
  8. Parent Partnership
    You know your child better than anyone. That's why, at Eton, the parent partnership is a critical part of the Eton Approach.
    • Teachers, directors and administrators seek parent perspectives as they develop and refine the Eton educational experience for students.
    • Teachers engage in proactive communication with parents frequently.
    • One form of communication is through parent-teacher conferences.
      • Three parent-teacher conferences occur throughout the year -- fall, winter and spring.
      • During these meetings, a thorough discussion of the Student Learning Portfolio and Student Learning Goals takes place.