AIM Academy Highlights

  • Commitment to excellence accounts for AIM’s dramatic enrollment growth from 24 to 280 students in eight years. This commitment includes evidence-based programming, accountability through progress monitoring and the focus on highlighting the strengths of our students in athletics, arts and career engagement. 
     
  • AIM’s theme of Innovative Teaching, Fearless Learning, and Boundless Futures and AIM’s Four Threads for the Future connect student strengths and passions to electives, internships, travel and colleges. AIM Academy was recently named a 21st Century Skills Exemplar School (the only school in Pennsylvania). This prestigious honor is from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that serves as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US education in building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders. The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program is designed to be a cornerstone for the next stage of the 21st century skills movement. 
     
  • AIM’s Four Threads for the Future have been developed with AIM’s student strengths in mind:
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Thread - imagine your child working with classmates on an entrepreneurial business model in Start-up Corp
       
    • Science and Engineering Thread – students use 3D printers to translate ideas into real-life prototypes in Robotics Class
       
    • Arts and Design Thread - in Arts and Design classes, your child develops public speaking skills through participation in improv classes and world-class musicals such as Grease
       
    • Global Competency & Social Sustainability Thread– students explore energy conservation and global citizenry through international service learning projects
       
  • AIM Academy students selected to present a TEDx Talk, featuring inspirational students who share their passions and ideas regarding key components of change and innovation.  These AIM students were selected to help present the Pinnacle Award at the International Dyslexia Conference in San Diego, CA to Cameron Herold.
     
  • Pat Roberts, Nancy Blair and Nancy Hennessy invited as representatives of AIM Academy to 14th annual The Dyslexia Foundation, Extraordinary Brain Symposium hosted in Portugal.  Researchers from around the globe, including representatives from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Harvard University, Tufts University, Yale University, Vanderbilt University and Arizona State University, to name a few, assembled with the purpose of mapping out a realistic, actionable five-year plan for reading intervention.
     
  • AIM Academy Teachers selected for award of Distinction: Summer Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Only 25 applicants were chosen from around the country for this prestigious program in which teachers work with scholars, master teachers, fellow educators, as well as the Folger Collection, on Shakespearean works.  Another AIM faculty member was selected to attend the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at the University of Montana.  While the core focus of the seminar was content knowledge about Lewis and Clark, the 30+ teacher attendees were also engaged in critical discussions surrounding literacy instruction in content area classrooms.
     
  • AIM Academy is the ONLY school to achieve recognition from ALL of the top research-based programs including Wilson Reading System by Barbara Wilson, LETRS by Louisa Moats and RAVE-O by Maryanne Wolf
     
  • AIM Faculty receive 1500 hours of professional development annually with all educators certified in special education, content area of specialty or reading specialist
     
  • AIM science teacher, joined national STEAM working group in Washington DC known as the Innovation Collaborative: Bridging the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. The group is focused on discussing the importance of the arts/science intersection in formal and informal education. The group is comprised of national members from such organizations including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Make Magazine, Drexel University and many more. AIM teacher is only educator asked to participate.
     
  • AIM Faculty routinely present at international and national conferences including IDA, ISTE, LDA, NAIS and others. AIM Faculty presents as highlighted session on Blended Learning Model for Enrichment, Intervention and College Readiness at NAIS conference.
     
  • Research Advisory Board established including world renowned researchers Ken Pugh, Ph.D., Louisa Moats, Ed.D., Daniel Berch, Ph.D., Kate Cain, BSc. DPhil., and Steven Graham, Ed.D. and Barbara Wilson, M.Ed.
     
  • State-of-the-art 61,000 square foot facility with collaborative learning environment design and technology enhanced classrooms
     
  • New Innovation Center complete with fully-equipped Physics Lab and Robotics Lab as well as Chemistry, Biology and Technology Labs and Innovation/Maker Lab.
     
  • AIM joins Tri-County League Athletic Conference. Sports will include Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Lacrosse
     
  • State-of-the-art Dining Commons developed in conjunction with Marc Vetri Foundation expands with an exemplary effort to reduce our carbon footprint and promote global sustainability with our composting, Meatless Mondays and cultivating herbs in our garden towers
     
  • Our Signature Academic Clubs in the Lower School transport children back in time and Lego Robotics and Minecraft support scientific thought and creativity
     

Interested in learning more about AIM? Please click here to fill out our inquiry form and tell us about yourself and your child. If you prefer, you can contact our Admissions Office at 215-483-aim1 (2461).