Upper School (Grades 9-12)
Dear Students and Parents,
Whether you are new to the AIM family or a fixture in our community, I hope you’ll find the information on these pages helpful. AIM is a special place, one that I have come to love with all my heart over my six years here. The students in our Upper School represent some of the brightest, most compassionate, creative, and curious individuals I’ve ever worked with.
Those of you familiar with our program can attest to the fact that we unleash remarkable talent in our students every day. Walking the halls of our Upper School are future engineers, lawyers, musicians, teachers, journalists, producers, chemists, and artists. Many of our students spend their summers participating in prestigious intern programs and their after-school hours taking college courses. From the stage to the trails, from the student lounge to the maker space, our students are bursting with ideas. They continually serve as a source of inspiration, astonishment, and plain old fun for me and the rest of the faculty.
If you are new to AIM or thinking about joining our community, I encourage you to peruse the many pages available here about our Upper School. Our teachers are not only experts in their content area, but also acutely aware of the learning sciences. The Upper School faculty works tirelessly to make sure that all students are given constant opportunities to learn. They adeptly manage the onerous task of developing curricula based on high, college-preparatory standards, while simultaneously supporting the individual needs of each student in the classroom.
If you can’t find answers here, I’m only a phone call away. I always enjoy a chance to connect with the many members of AIM’s community.
Alli Gubanich Williams
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. The list of colleges accepting AIM students is long an impressive totaling almost 100 schools for the Class of 2018 alone.
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.