AIM Academy Awarded $500,000 Pennsylvania RACP Grant

On December 27th, 2017 AIM Academy received welcome news that will help provide our students innovative opportunities to learn and grow in the future. For the third time in our 12-year history, AIM has been awarded a RACP grant by the State of Pennsylvania! This $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will support a build-out space on the campus "dedicated to the design, construction, implementation of the AIM Careers for the Future High School and Collaborative."

We are grateful for the support of our elected officials state Sen. Vincent Hughes and state Rep. Mary Daley as we seek to create a high school space that focuses on developing future Pennsylvania entrepreneurs in collaboration with area employers and innovators.

The funds will be used to transform 10,000 square feet space of the main school building that was vacated in 2016 before AIM purchased the entire 1200 River Road campus in January 2017. The project will enable the school to grow two new centers in its newly acquired space: The Center for Global Leadership and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship while maintaining its existing Center for the Visual & Performing Arts and updating its Center for S.T.E.A.M. Studies.

From the early grades, AIM faculty members are focused on helping introduce students to possible career futures through our Four Threads to the Future Framework. This framework helps align coursework, core readings, electives, and extracurricular activities around Arts & Design, Science & Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Global Competency & Social Sustainability. This learning will culminate in AIM's new Careers for the Future High School.

We look forward to the exciting things to come over the next several months as we plan for our high school for the future.

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