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It’s Simple.

Students who learn differently, just need to be taught differently.

Every child is unique. Every brain is unique.

At AIM Academy, we teach students what makes their brain unique: how it works; what it needs to be able to read, to write, to solve a mathematical equation, to organize and plan efficiently; to what extent it is able to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary simply by viewing it in a different way.

Using a multisensory, research-based, data-driven approach to teaching children with language-based learning difficulties, AIM Academy’s unique program empowers students to become lifelong, fearless learners.

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The future is boundless when children believe that they are smart and that they can learn.

Tonight, for the first time ever, our son asked if he could read me a book! I was amazed, surprised, happy, and encouraged all at once! He read with courage and motivation, tackling words he did not know at first and persisting through the entire book. A perfect example of AIM's fearless learning!"
- Parent of an AIM 2nd Grader

Fearless Learning Leads to Boundless Futures

Meet Andrew R. '17 now a student at Indiana University and Sophia G. '16 now a student at Temple University. During their time at AIM, entrepreneurs Andrew and Sophia presented at a TEDx Talk about how they have been able to leverage their perceived “disability” by turning their unique skills and talents into a successful business through AIM’s Entrepreneurship Program.

An Alumni Parent's Perspective

Myra Petras P'17 share her son's transformational experience at AIM during our New Family Social on September 23.

Facts about Language-based Learning Differences

  • Dyslexia, neurobiological in origin, refers to a cluster of symptoms that affects specific language skills, particularly reading.
  • Dyslexia is neither due to a lack of intelligence nor a desire to learn.
  • 15-20% of the population as a whole exhibit some symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, mixing up similar words, difficulty learning a foreign language, and/or trouble memorizing number facts and performing mathematical operations.
  • Some dyslexics manage to master early reading and spelling skills, but later experience their most debilitating problems when more complex language skills are required such as grammar, understanding textbook materials and writing essays.
  • Early at risk signs may include several of the following:
    • speaks later than most
    • pronunciation problems
    • slow vocabulary growth
    • word retrieval difficulty
    • unable to rhyme words
    • trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colors and shapes
    • poor letter-sound correspondence
    • inability to recognize common sight words
  • After 4th grade, it takes 4 times as long to remediate reading difficulties
  • 70% of 3rd graders who read below grade level never catch up

Parent Resources - Books, Films & Online Support