As the Philadelphia area’s only reading research organization connected to a school for children with learning differences, we wanted to conﬁrm what we’ve always believed: AIM Academy students were improving their reading through our Integrated Literacy Model of instruction. After close analysis, we were thrilled to know that the majority of our students are exceeding national ﬂuency norms for average rate of improvement. Not just compared to their peers with learning differences, because there are no national ﬂuency norms for children who learn differently, but for ALL children.
AIM in the News
Josh J. '22 knew that this week's four-day National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, NJ was his last opportunity to be crowned Marble King. After five years of competition and seven years as a mibster (a marble player), next summer Josh, a rising AIM 9th grader, will be too old to compete in the invitational Ringer marbles tournament for youth ages 7-14. On the first day of summer, under overcast skies, Josh took to The Ring again for a best of 15 game match and shot his way to victory for an 8-1 and the royal crown. In addition to his royal marbles title, Josh and the female winner also received $2,000 in scholarship money and were inducted into the National Marbles Hall of Fame.
Faculty, students, families and friends gathered for AIM Academy’s seventh Upper School commencement exercises on Friday, June 1 as members of the Class of 2018, the largest senior class in the school’s 12-year history, received their diplomas.
Marcus Soutra, president of the national student mentoring organization Eye to Eye delivered the school’s commencement address sharing a mentoring moment with the audience that focused on embracing learning differences and why he dedicated himself to creating an organization designed to “unlock greatness in the 1 in 5 who learn differently.”
Students in the Dominican Republic Service Learning Course began their year-long journey of studying geography, language, music, and the environment of the island of Hispaniola. Using Google Earth, students analyzed images of Haiti and the Dominican Republic noticing environmental differences between the two countries. Students have also been learning about fundraising and how best to offset the cost of their trip through individual and group events. This course encouraged students to develop leadership skills and build content knowledge of the region while also earning 20 hours of service by working with students in a local school and community in the Dominican Republic. This type of course hopes to help AIM students develop a better sense of themselves, what it means to do service and begin to develop their own community translation project within the AIM community. This project will allow them to become change agents at AIM and within their local communities.
AIM Upper and Middle School students turned the training room into a workshop Tuesday, May 15 constructing simple solar lanterns out of recycled cans, plastic bottles and simple circuit boards. This AIM Center for Global Leadership service project was part of the school's recognition of the International Day of Light.
AIM Academy and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research are excited to honor Philadelphia entrepreneur Nick Bayer, founder and CEO of Saxbys, with the AIM Institute for Learning & Research Leadership Award to celebrate his support of education and entrepreneurship.
AIM Academy, a 344-student, evidence-based school for children with language-based learning differences, will hold its annual AIM for the Stars Gala on Thursday, April 19th, 2017 at VIE in Philadelphia beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will include 300 researchers, community leaders, educators, policy makers and families of children with learning differences.
AIM junior Skylar C. '19 had not written any monologues before last fall's Drama class with Maryanne Yoshida. The opportunity to work directly with playwrights in class, thanks to a grant from Philadelphia Young Playwrights, helped Skylar craft several monologues that she entered in this year's high school monologue competition hosted by Philly Young Playwrights.
One of her pieces, her personal favorite and the one she spent the most time working on, was recently selected as a 1st place winner is being performed this week by a professional actor as part of the Mouthful Monologue Festival at the Drake Theater.
Erin DeVault, Director of our Speech and Language team is in Rockville, Md. today attending the ASHA Leadership Development Program Kickoff event. DeVault learned in February that she had been selected to participate in the 2018 Leadership Development Program at ASHA (the American Speech-Language Hearing Association).