Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Longtime AIM educator Chrissy Mellon took over as the Interim Head of Middle School on July 1, 2020.
Chrissy, who has been at AIM for 10 years and in 2017 was named a Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Teacher All Star, joins Lower School Head Gen Marvin and Upper School Head Dr. Alli Williams as our division leaders.
The Road To Independence
Becoming an independent learner is the key objective of the Middle School. Students are given the tools necessary to help them organize and manage their workload with the scaffolding of teacher and peer models. An interdisciplinary curriculum challenges critical thinking skills, and students learn how to identify connections between ideas and how one area of study can inform or influence another. Middle School classrooms are small by design to allow for differentiation of instruction alongside collaborative project-based learning.
- 1:1 laptop program beginning in 6th grade.
- Advisory meeting occurs every morning where students plan and prioritize for the day and week.
- Executive Functioning Skills are not only interwoven throughout the curriculum but are reinforced bi-weekly at advisory. Students engage in activities meant to develop such competencies as response inhibition, sustained attention, task initiation, goal-directed persistence and metacognition, just to name a few.
- Personal Learning Profiles are created for each student and data-driven progress monitoring enables teachers to add and review changes in each student’s learning profile.
- Self-advocacy coaching and practice is commonplace in Middle School. Students are encouraged to approach teachers about extended time, quieter work spaces, various forms of assistive technology and other accommodations on a day-to-day basis.
- Meditation and Mindfulness techniques are infused into daily classroom routines and instruction. These methods help to alleviate and manage the stress that students can experience in the classroom setting.