Upper School Program

Get an Early Edge on College and Hone Foundational Skills This Summer

High school students will build academic and executive functioning skills and college readiness in a hands-on learning environment featuring:

Grades 9 & 10: Morning instruction focused on honing foundational skills in reading, writing and math, specialized assistive technology instruction and afternoon featuring a different STEAM or sport workshop each week.

Grades 11 & 12: The Early Edge - ACT Test Prep an opportunity to prepare for the ACT exam in a small-group instructional setting designed to target each student's areas of need. Mornings Only. And for rising 12th graders - the College Boot Camp, a remote class with limited space available for non-AIM students.

Camp Dates:

July 1 - July 26, 2019


  • Diagnostic prescriptive programming for reading, writing and math
  • Daily offerings in the arts, technology and engineering
  • Instruction in assistive technology for reading and writing.
  • Upper School students will engage in four incredible week-long afternoon experiences, gaining exposure to several hands-on, high-interest topics. Outdoor exploration, fitness and nutrition, visual arts and design, and photography are included in this year’s schedule.

Hiking and Nature Exploration (Week 1): This course will take students on hikes through the trails around AIM Academy and local parks. Students will learn to navigate using map skills, charting the course that we will take on our hike each day. While hiking, we will work in nature journals to document our experiences. Students will sketch the nature that they observe, identify various tree and plant specimens, and take clippings and samples to press into our journals. Students will also be encouraged to use their own interests and talents to further explore their experiences with nature (e.g, art, film, song, poetry, etc.). If you are looking to get out into the fresh air and become more familiar with our local plants and animals, this is the course for you!

Photography (Week 2): Photographers wanted for a hands-on crash course in modern photography. From making sun prints to manipulating images in Photoshop, AIM Academy photographers work to capture images in new and interesting ways. Bring your own digital camera, phone, or iPad, or use one of AIM's Canon, Panasonic, or Leica digital cameras. AIM's photo studio lighting, seamless backdrops, and computer lab are all accessible and ready for creative experimenting.

Water World (Week 3): It's summer - and water is our theme. In this workshop, exercise your limitless creativity as we "float" the idea of using water to create exciting 2D and 3D artworks, as well as design challenges. Your work is sure to make a "splash," so "catch the wave," and "sea" what you can do. We will look at how other artists and designers around the world have used water to create dynamic works. "Jump right in" to this cool, refreshing, hands on exploration into the wonders of water - and "go with the flow!"

Fitness and Nutrition (Week 4): This program focuses on teaching and implementing healthy lifestyle choices in personal fitness and nutrition. Students will explore safe practices in strength and fitness, as well as smart choices in food selection and preparation. Hands-on experience will be combined with personal coaching to make this program applicable to any student, regardless of athletic experience.

EARLY EDGE (Entering Grades 11 & 12)

An opportunity to prepare for the ACT exam in a small-group instructional setting designed to target each student's areas of need as well as remote camp sessions for rising AIM SENIORS to prepare college applications and get support completing summer work requirements.

ACT Group Test Preparation an opportunity to prepare for the ACT exam in a small-group instructional setting designed to target each student's areas of need. A great primer for rising juniors for the fall practice ACT and AIM's six-week in-school ACT course as well as the official winter test sitting or for the final fall sitting for seniors. Also useful as advanced preparation for non AIM students preparing to work with an ACT test tutor during the school year.

College Boot Camp - REMOTE CLASS - July 16 - August 10. Designed as a preparation program for the demands of the college admissions process, the College Boot Camp is a flexible, mobile, innovative approach to summer learning. The purpose of the course is to gain an edge in the college application and search process. Students hone their college preference list, and craft a primary college essay with smaller supplemental writings needed for the Common Application. They collect pertinent family and personal information, and can work to submit applications with early opening dates. Students can access this course from any location with a computer. Students partake in weekly group video-chat meetings and 1:1 video-chat meetings with their course instructor. *Course is scheduled according to student availability. Will not conflict with ACT Preparation. Limited Space Available for Non AIM Students.

Summer Literacy for Seniors - REMOTE CLASS - July 16 - August 10. An opportunity to work in a small group setting to complete summer requirements for your senior year at AIM. The grade received for this important summer work factors heavily into first-quarter grades. A great opportunity to get a jump on summer readings and essays. Remote class will include online meetings and 1:1 video-chat meetings with instructors. Must be an AIM Student.

Remote Classes are $1250 Per Class