About Us

Mission, Philosophy, and History

Our Mission

Eton Academy is committed to the education of students who learn differently. We build essential skills and confidence that foster lifelong success.


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.

Over the years, Eton...
This year... Eton Academy will serve approximately 235 students building academic skills and self-confidence in an accepting and supportive environment.


  • Provide a positive, 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.