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  • AIM continues to lead the way in top evidenced-based curriculum and programming for children with language based learning differences/disabilities where the top experts work side-by-side with highly trained AIM educators.
  • Don L. Compton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education at Florida State University, appointed to become Director of Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) in July 2016, Julie A. Washington, Ph.D., Georgia State University, Professor and Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Michelle Duda, Ph.D., BCBA-D, President of Implementation Scientists, LLC have been added to the AIM Research Advisory Board.
  • AIM named a 21st Century Skills Exemplar School. We are one of two schools in Pennsylvania and the only school for children who learn differently to receive this prestigious honor 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 by building collaborative partnerships among education, business and community and government leaders.
  • The new AIM’s Community Center opened in April 2016. The new 23,000 square foot facility includes a 500-person auditorium complete with Main Stage and Theater Sound System, full-court basketball court and gymnasium, black box theater, broadcasting studio and seven arts, design, media and music classrooms.
  • The Greenfield Film Society and AIM announced an exciting new partnership in which AIM Upper School students will submit video projects to the film festival and compete against other area high schools.
  • AIM is named as one of the 50 Best Private Schools for Special Needs 2015


  • Faculty members Aviva Coyne-Green and Emily Pritchard joined Research Advisory Board member Dr. Donald Compton and Dr. Amy Elleman of Middle Tennessee State University on a panel at the October 2016 International Dyslexia Association conference in Orlando to share preliminary research results of a study on knowledge transfer that included 26 AIM 5th graders. Coyne-Green and Pritchard took an active role working with leading reading researchers to plan the study examining the critical role of building background knowledge to support comprehension development in children with learning differences.

  • AIM's Occupational Therapy Department has been selected to partner with nationally-ranked Thomas Jefferson University's Occupational Therapy Department to become a Promoting Environments that Measure Outcomes (PrEMO©) site. AIM is fortunate to be 1 of 3 organizations in the area to have this distinction as an innovative site that measures outcomes through innovative occupational therapy service delivery, student education, research, and community partnerships.

  • AIM Upper School teacher Alli Gubanich co-presented on behalf of The Folger Library on teaching Shakespeare to diverse kinds of learners at The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Atlanta in November 2016

  • AIM faculty routinely present at international and national conferences including IDA, ISTE, LDA and NAIS. Several teachers presented at a highlighted session on Blended Learning Model for Enrichment, Intervention and College Readiness at 2015 NAIS conference.


  • A member of the Class of '18 was recognized by her local VFW post for her audio essay in the organizations Voice of Democracy scholarship contest in November 2016. Her submission will next be considered for a regional VFW award as part of this national competition.
  • The Interact Club, a student-led club dedicated to community service projects, won third place in the 2nd Annual Metroplex May Day for organizing and managing a great fundraiser for Cradles to Crayons, Philadelphia.
  • Our FRC Robotics Team 5407 traveled to St. Louis to compete in the World Championships. AIM was the TOP ROOKIE TEAM in their division and placed 17 out of 76 teams. This team, with only two competitions under its belt, competed with 600 other teams at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championships at Lehigh and won the Rookie All-Star Award and the coveted Quality Award that Motorola sponsors.
  • Four Upper School students won first place in the Zoo Unless Contest- a project-based partnership to engage students in action to save wildlife. Our students, working with faculty, created a children's book called HOPE about a young polar bear cub. The students wrote and illustrated the book and also designed and created games made out of recycled materials that were entered into the contest.
  • Two Upper School students won the New York Times Vocabulary Video Contest. This is the second annual 15-second vocabulary video contest for the New York Times and their partner


  • AIM senior Andrew Rosenstein had a busy summer publishing his first book, A Millennial World, which provides insights for companies marketing to millennials as well as shares Rosenstein's experience learning to manage his dyslexia since arriving at AIM. Rosenstein, who has started two businesses since coming to AIM, was featured in a 6ABC Action News story about his book and experience during Dyslexia Awareness Month in October.
  • One quarter of Upper School students participate in AIM’s entrepreneurship program. The program has been introduced to Middle Schoolers for the 2016-2017 school year with 15 7 and 8th graders working on creating new businesses.
  • Eight Upper School students from the Entrepreneurship Class participated in the Greater Philadelphia Youth Entrepreneurship Competition and Expo.
  • 18 business ventures were launched or continued.
  • 89% of student business ventures took a product to market.
  • Over $10,500 in revenue was generated by student businesses.


  • AIM is a member of the Tri-County Independent School League (TCISL).
  • AIM's Class of 2018 includes our first Division I athlete. Casey Oppenheimer, who has won the Philadelphia-area Junior PGA title two years in a row and led the AIM varsity golf team to victory in the Tri-County League Championships in 2017, has chosen to continue her game playing on the golf team at Quinnipiac University.
  • AIM launched a varsity Mountain Biking Team in Fall 2017 competing in NICA-sponsored mountain bike races throughout the region. Coach Anne Rock, who also organizes AIM's Riding for Focus Middle School biking class as part of a grant from the Specialized Foundation, has developed a growing team for riders eager to get more kids on bikes.
  • In the 2017-2018 AIM added varsity Lacrosse, Swimming and Tennis to its athletic options.


  • AIM's Class of 2018 included 31 students, the school's largest graduating class in its 12-year history.
  • More than $6.5 million was offered in merit-based scholarships to members of the Class of ‘18.