Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Motivated Students Find Their Path to College

Enter AIM’s Upper School and you find yourself in a vibrant learning community full of motivated teenagers being guided by a passionate faculty. Many of our students never saw college as a possibility until they came to AIM. Their true gifts and talents lay untapped in their former schools, but at AIM every student blossoms and realizes his or her full potential. Every AIM student goes to college.

Upper School students engage in cultivating the skills necessary to excel in the 21st century. Our students think globally, make connections, create and collaborate every day through meaningful, interactive, research-based experiences. AIM’s coursework is rich, challenging, and prepares every student for college. From the first day of freshman year, our students explore interests, passions, and talents in order to discover their post-secondary path. As a college preparatory school, each student investigates future careers and aligns his or her coursework, electives and college pursuits to meet those goals using our Four Threads to the Future curricular framework.

Regardless how innovative and exciting they are, we believe that there is more to life than what happens in a classroom. We recognize the role of the Arts and Technology in deep and meaningful learning. Therefore, our students spend just as much time in their Arts, Robotics and Entrepreneurship electives as they do in Math. We know that a healthy life involves activity and we are proud that more than 95% of our students participate in after-school Athletics, Arts or Drama.

Why AIM?

Why AIM? Kay Irvin '16 describes how AIM prepared her for college.


What Makes a Great School?
By Chris Herman

Chris shares his thoughts on what factors contribute to the ecosystem of a great school.

Merging Media and the Social Studies Classroom: A portfolio of project work highlighting technology that enhances learning for reluctant students
By Mike Dunn

Mike describes the advantage of using documentary film in the classroom as a vehicle for critical thinking and analysis of the historical events: "My goal is to encourage students to reflect on their own lives and scrutinize their actions/choices in meaningful ways. The combination of writing with film has resulted in more rich understanding for students and output options that encourage creative and critical communication."