The Academy In Manayunk (DBA as AIM Academy) is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Federal Tax ID# is 01-0849648. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Directors' Welcome

Welcome to AIM Academy!

In many ways, our story is most likely similar to yours. We met as mothers of daughters with learning differences almost 20 years ago when our daughters were in first grade. Although our backgrounds were quite different, one an educator and one a nurse anesthetist, we had much in common. We both were working hard to put together an educational solution for our girls. As parents of children who learn differently, we share your passion for providing the best evidence-based education so that your child will experience academic success both now and in the future.

Every day we are in awe of the grit and determination of the students at AIM. Our theme of Innovative Teaching, Fearless Learning should also include Boundless Futures. We have heard countless stories from parents whose children were too timid to play an instrument or sing in public, and yet their child performed a solo within months of entering our hallways. Success in the classroom spills over to the athletic field, the stage, robotics competitions and into the businesses that our students create.

It’s true. Success breeds success, which is why we have developed threads of learning for students at AIM Academy that connect their strengths and passions to electives, internships, travel and colleges. Imagine your child working with classmates on an entrepreneurial business model or using the 3D printer to translate ideas into real-life prototypes in Robotics Class. Imagine your son or daughter developing public speaking skills through participation in improvisation classes and musicals such as Grease and Seussical. Imagine your elementary age child being transported back in time through our interactive history adventures. Imagine your child reading and loving it.

Commitment to excellence accounts for the dramatic enrollment growth from 24 to 344 students at AIM in just twelve years. This commitment includes evidence-based academic programming, accountability through progress monitoring and the focus on a cross-disciplinary team approach including speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and school psychologists all mapping the path to individualized student growth and achievement to maximize potential. Needless to say, our favorite part is watching with pride as our AIM graduates continue their success and love of learning into their university years.

Best practices are only as effective as the teachers who implement them. At AIM, you will find dedicated educators who have their special education, content-area and/or reading specialist certifications. In addition, teachers pursue certification in the Wilson Reading System® as well as training in Louisa Moats' LETRS® framework and Orton Gillingham. Our teachers are committed to staying on top of the research and have logged over 1500 hours in professional development that directly enhances the instruction delivered to our students.

State-of-the art facilities at AIM Academy have been featured in Architectural Digest Magazine showcasing our collaborative design and creative learning environment. In 2016 we opened our 23,000 square foot AIM Community Center (ACC). In addition to our turf soccer and lacrosse field, the campus now has a full size gymnasium and basketball court to complement our athletics program, a main stage for the performing arts and an arts and media wing for our STEAM and broadcasting activities.

Now that you have become acquainted with AIM through our web site we encourage you to visit us and to see for yourselves innovative teaching and fearless learning come to life. We hope to see you on campus soon.

With warm regards,

Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair

Co-Founders, AIM Academy

Read Pat Roberts' biography Read Nancy Blair's biography