Everyone at Eaton Academy is looking forward to the upcoming school year. It is our hope that 2021-22 will be a more traditional school year in which staff and students can meet safely in person and enjoy the benefits of our customized programs. We are happy to remind you of the various options we provide for students – both prior to and after graduation.
Below is a thumbnail sketch of what we offer, and following that is a more detailed explanation of our valuable programs.
K-12 Academic Options At A Glance
- Traditional K-12 Classes
- K-12 Pace Program
- Independent Study Program (ISP)
- Mentor Program
Post-Graduate Options At A Glance
- College Exploratory
- Supported Employment
- LIFE Program
K-12 Academic Options
Students deserve choices when it comes to their academic placement. One-size-fits-all methods will not work for today’s students. We offer four pathways to high school graduation, each designed to meet individual needs.
Traditional K-12 Classes
Traditional K-12 Classes: This approach offers students a college preparatory program in a small group setting. Students and teachers work in a 5:1 ratio that facilitates understanding and academic growth. Teachers know their students’ needs and have the time and resources to tailor coursework accordingly.
K-12 Pace Program
K-12 Pace Program: Students who have more challenging academic needs can find success in our Pace program. Specific materials and approaches to subject matter enable teachers to support and motivate students to maximize their academic potential while not overwhelming them. The atmosphere is both academic and nurturing.
Independent Study Program (ISP)
Independent Study Program (ISP): Sometimes students desire a truly individualized academic environment. They may wish to accelerate or remediate scholastically, or they may wish to pursue a particular talent or passion which conflicts with traditional school schedules. In ISP students meet one-to-one with instructors on a schedule customized to fit their lives and activities. While the work is challenging and college preparatory, with concentrated instruction students can reach their goals. ISP sessions are available in-person or online.
Mentor Program: For students who want the social interaction provided by group classes AND the individual pacing of ISP, the Mentor Program is a perfect blend. Students work on their own, personal assignments in a group classroom setting. They attend on a schedule that provides the flexibility that both parents and students desire.
Not all students proceed directly from high school graduation to college enrollment. Some students wish to pursue a more independent, work oriented placement after graduation. Others may need to “tiptoe into college” and test the waters carefully before making a college choice. Still others just want to move out and live on their own.
College Exploratory Program
College Exploratory Program: “Am I academically ready for college? Can I navigate a college syllabus and a professor’s office hours?” These and other similar questions worry many students and may cause them to reject going to college. In the College Exploratory Program students take actual college level courses that mimic what they would encounter during their first year in college. Students follow a syllabus and receive instruction from degreed professionals in a very small setting (usually with one instructor for three students). This approach enables students (and their parents) to gauge whether they are ready for college.
LEAP (Learn. Experience. Adapt. Prepare): This program helps participants explore real world jobs and learn independent living skills. Morning classes take individuals to local businesses for on-the-job training. Participants experience what it’s like to work in restaurants, department stores, pet centers, and other businesses. In the afternoon participants engage in classes that teach skills they will need to live on their own – personal finance, shopping, resume writing, meal preparation, and domestic engineering,
Supported Employment: Once individuals have decided that they need to find a job, many will need help obtaining and maintaining employment. In Supported Employment staff members help participants understand the elements necessary to secure a well-paying job – interviewing, personal hygiene, professional attire, and professional manners. Once participants have a job, our staff will visit their workplaces and help them navigate the intricacies of the work-a-day world.
The LIFE Program
The LIFE Program: Many young adults want to live on their own, and their parents would like them to have a home of their own. Yet these individuals may not be ready to living completely on their own. In the LIFE program, our life coaches meet several times each week with individuals who have moved into a local apartment complex. The coaches tutor the apartment residents in specific, pre-determined areas in order to help them live independently.