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Quotes from the Experts


"AIM is a marvelous school -- you have enlightened leadership and teachers who are inquisitive, committed and caring. I saw first-hand that your staff and administration work together to figure out how to best integrate research-based methods in ways that engage and motivate children -- it does not get any better than this!"

Dr. Charles Haynes
Professor in the Graduate Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions


"The AIM curriculum is one of the richest and best integrated I have seen anywhere. I would describe it as the whole package -- multi-media, multi-modal, multi-level, but those aspects of instruction subordinated to the larger purpose of teaching really worthwhile subject matter in science, social studies, math and language. It's skills and application, bottom up and top down, verbal and nonverbal, disciplined and creative. I'd send any child there, with "learning differences" or not."

Louisa Moats, Ed.D.
Researcher, Writer, and Consultant Specializing in Language, Reading and Spelling Development


"The founders and staff of AIM have created an amazing and innovative learning environment. The teachers are experts, who strive to enable all students to reach their potential. Leading educational research plays a prominent role in the curricula, designed to support and enhance the learning experience of students across the age range. Anyone who visits will see that the students are motivated, attentive, and capable learners who meet the high standards of achievement expected of them."

Kate Cain, Bsc. DPhil.
Department of Psychology, Lancaster University (UK)


"As you step through the doors of [AIM], you know it is a special place. It is evident in the student artwork and their products that are everywhere, the sense of belonging on the faces of the students and the consistent sounds of learning echoing from every classroom. Learning is the work at AIM, not just for students but also for staff. As a result of the ongoing commitment to their learning, the educators at the Academy have been able to create instructional environments that reflect the research, the science of teaching and learning, and allow them to attend to the unique needs of each of their students. Our students need more schools like this one!"

Nancy Hennessy
Former President of IDA, Educational Consultant, National LETRS Trainer


"AIM has an excellent program for youngsters who have learning differences. The students are so fortunate to be in an educational environment where they are respected, valued, and provided with cutting-edge research-based learning. Our community is privileged that Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair chose to house AIM in [the] Philadelphia [area]."

Charna O. Axelrod, Ed.D. NCSP


"As a parent of a dyslexic son and as an educator, I know what I would want for any student with a learning difference. The Academy represents everything that is exceptional about instruction…a curriculum that remains consistent with national standards, but yet allows for the differentiation that is needed, and expert staff that is knowledgeable, caring, and knows how to make learning an adventure."

Antonio A. Fierro, Ed.D.
National LETRS Trainer

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