About Us

Joshua Eaton Elementary School is one of 5 elementary schools within the Reading Public Schools. It is located in a suburban setting approximately 20 miles north of Boston.

The Joshua Eaton School was built in 1949 and named after Joshua Eaton, the only Revolutionary War soldier from Reading to lose his life in battle. When the school opened in 1949, it was selected as the best-designed elementary schoolhouse among the 38,000 whose blueprints were submitted for national review.

The current population (2019-20) of the Joshua Eaton School, which is grades K-5, is about 400 students.

Joshua Eaton Mission

The Joshua Eaton Elementary School is committed to developing a community of learners that are respectful of each other, our school culture, and our learning abilities, supportive of our social, emotional and physical needs and prepared to make a positive contribution to our school and the Reading Community. The Joshua Eaton Elementary School fosters an environment that provides students with the skills required to work hard every day and achieve individual learning goals and challenges.


The METCO Program is a grant program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is a voluntary program intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation, by permitting students in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate. If you are a parent interested in the program, please contact the service provider, METCO Inc., at (617) 427-1545. METCO has been in existence since 1966 and was originally funded through a grant by the Carnegie Foundation and United States Office of Education. In that year the first METCO legislation was filed, METCO Inc. was established, and seven school districts began accepting the first two hundred METCO students. Currently, there are about 3,300 students participating in 38 school districts in metropolitan Boston and at four school districts outside Springfield.