Eton Academy Aims To Provide Education To Challenged Students

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By Meagen Mazur & Troy Frisby
CBS 62/CW50 Interns

For 200 students, Eton Academy is a community that provides a nurturing environment for alternative learning styles. This week on “Street Beat,” Eton’s Jodie Middleton and Sara Trotter join host Roxanne to raise awareness about their school’s unique curriculum.

Eton Academy began as a tutoring service for students with learning challenges. After it became apparent that many of these kids required extra attention, Eton Academy was established as a full-time school in 1986.

Since then, the academy has transformed into a learning institution dedicated to providing specialized attention to each student, evaluating their needs before setting goals for achievement. As part of this strategy, Eton provides new technologies to students, particularly by using interactive whiteboards and giving each child an iPad as a learning tool.

Still, the focus remains on working with students who learn differently and creating a safe space for these students to succeed and by encouraging self-acceptance.

Most of these children come from a learning environment in which they struggled with the structure of the traditional classroom. For many of them, the individualized attention at Eton helps them feel the excitement of learning in a new way.

During her interview on “Street Beat,” Trotter explained that the changes in the learning habits of their students can often lead to a positive impact on their family life as well. To invite more students into the Eton community, the school will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents every Tuesday morning during the month of February.

For more information on Eton Academy, watch “Street Beat” this Sunday at 11:30am or visit www.etonacademy.org.

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