Progress Monitoring and FAQs

How do we monitor progress?

The academic progress of students at AIM Academy is our top priority. To optimize student’s development as readers, mathematicians, writers and critical thinkers our teachers must adapt to the changing needs and abilities of their students. Our Psychology Department lends their expertise by working closely with teachers to develop tailored academic interventions and to monitor each student's progress throughout the year. Every child also has an internal Learning Profile that is developed from your child’s most recent evaluation. 

Using timely and meaningful assessments to help answer the questions, the team gathers information about students' current academic levels and rates of improvement towards short and long-term goals. They ask questions such as: How much progress? Compared to what? Expected by when? Ongoing data analysis allows our team to evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction and to optimize each student's education plan by making timely, targeted adjustments to individual programming. Progress monitoring occurs regularly within the distributed leadership team and teachers. Emergent situations are discussed as needed. Reports are often generated and shared with faculty and staff so that they can provide needed support for each student.

Middle School FAQs

  • Homeroom Advisory: 

    • Students meet daily with their Advisor

    • Executive functioning support and academic guidance 

  • Homework

    • Strategic, systematic and individualized

    • Developed to support executive functioning needs

  • Transitioning supports 

    • New Student support 

    • 6th grade transitioning into Middle School

    • Rising 9th grade support into Upper School

  • Class size

    • Typical student:teacher ratio is 8:1

    • Some classes are smaller (Wilson)

    • Electives/PE larger to maximize socialization opportunities

  • Typical Schedule 

    • Every middle school student has the following classes daily: ELA, Math, Science, Interactive Humanities, Intervention class, Recess/Lunch

    • Physical Education and Elective classes rotate 

  • Distributed Leadership Model and Team Approach

    • Middle school works within a distributed leadership model. Members included: Head of Middle School, Dean of Students, Middle School Psychologist, Head of Integrated Services, Curriculum and Instructional Leaders. 

    • Leadership team meets weekly to support academic progress monitoring of students, curricular and division-wide support.

  • Features Found Across All Content Areas

    • Assistive Technology - All middle school students are provided a MacBook. Programming includes explicit instruction on how to utilize appropriate assistive technology. 

    • Executive Functioning Skills Support

    • Teaching Literacy in Every Content Area

    • Experiential Learning Opportunities

    • Teaching the Whole Child 

    • Data Driven Instruction