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Students Cut the Ribbon

Conshohocken, PA - This year, AIM Academy’s 142 high school students were welcomed back to school into an entirely new space for learning, the Upper School Collaborative, a 10,000 square-foot dynamic space constructed this summer on the third floor of the Conshohocken school’s historic main building.

Elected officials, AIM trustees and representatives from architects Blackney Hayes Architects and contractor Wohlsen Construction, joined students, faculty, staff and guests at a ribbon cutting for the new space on September 4th. Construction of this transformed space began in June and was funded in part by a $500,000 state RACP grant.

During the ceremony, Nedia Ralston, Gov. Tom Wolf’s Philadelphia Representative, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, and state Sen. Vincent Hughes’ chief of staff Marcella Daniels both shared their excitement at seeing the changes at AIM and of the strides AIM is making to improving outcomes for all children.

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Enroll in the Sacred Valley Peru Service Learning Course

AIM's International Service Learning Course is a unique program organized by the Center for Global Leadership providing students with a deep understanding of service and a country's history and culture before traveling on a service-focused trip. Students in the course meet during lunch periods during the school year and travel over Spring Break.

This year, in preparation for a Rustic Pathways led Sacred Valley Service trip to Peru, students will understand life in rural communities of the Peruvian Andes by exploring issues such as clean water infrastructure, education, and access to public services. They will live with local families, contribute to sustainable service projects, learn about the former capital of the Inca empire, hike through majestic mountains and visit Machu Picchu. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you will never forget!

Click image above for the pdf flyer, Visit AIM's Rustic Pathways Enrollment Page to register today or plan to Learn More at our Information Session This Fall!

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Graph of fluency improvement rates

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. 

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National Marble King and Queen

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.

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AIM Class of 2018 is School's Largest Class

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.”

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Dominican Republic Service Learning

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.

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Saxbys CEO Nick Bayer to be Honored at AIM for the Stars Gala on April 19th

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.

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