AIM Academy

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AIM Academy
Logo of AIM Academy in Conshohocken, PA, USA.gif
Location
Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania
United States
Coordinates 40°3′34″N 75°16′1″W / 40.05944°N 75.26694°W / 40.05944; -75.26694 (AIM Academy)
Information
Type Private, Coed, Specialized in language-based learning differences
Established 2006
Executive Director Pat Roberts
Grades 1-12
Enrollment 315 students
Student to teacher ratio Lower School 6:1, Middle and Upper School 8:1
Campus Suburban
Website

AIM Academy is an independent co-educational college prep school serving bright students with language-based learning differences in grades 1-12. AIM was founded in 2006 and moved to its current location in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania in 2012.[1]

Location[edit]

The campus is located in Whitemarsh, PA across the street from Septa’s R-7 Miquon station. It is 4 miles from Exit 16A on Rte. 476 and 4 miles from exit 332 on Rte. 76 (Schuylkill Expressway). Students come from Philadelphia and its surrounding suburban communities.

Campus[edit]

The school is located in a century old brick building which originally housed a mill.[2] The 60,000 sq. feet interior was uniquely designed and technologically enhanced in 2012 and includes classrooms, science labs, art studios, Global Resource Center and a dining facility that accommodates family style dining and Mark Vetri’s “Eatiquette” program.[3][4] A turf field and playground were also added in 2012. The AIM Community Center (ACC) featuring a full-sized gymnasium, proscenium stage, blackbox theater, fitness center and classroom spaces for fine arts, media arts, music and drama instruction, was opened in Spring 2016. [5] In January 2017, AIM Academy purchased the main school building and 4.5 acre campus from Buccini-Pollin Group.[6]

History[edit]

AIM Academy was founded in 2006 by Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair to serve bright children with language-based learning differences in the Philadelphia area. They modeled the new school after The Lab School in Washington.[7][8] When they opened their doors, they enrolled 27 students. Ten years later the school grew to 302 students in grades 1-12. The school was originally located in Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA and called Academy in Manayunk. In response to their increasing student population, the school moved in 2012 to a newly renovated and technologically enhanced school building.[9] The school was then renamed AIM Academy.

Enrollment[edit]

315 students in grades 1-12

Test Results[edit]

Because AIM students have language-based learning differences and standardized tests are very print and reading focused, test scores often do not accurately represent a student's academic profile. All AIM students receive tutoring for and take the ACT exam as part of their upper school curriculum.

Academics[edit]

AIM is a research-to-practice school which uses evidenced-based intervention strategies in the areas where children with language-based learning disabilities need support while also offering challenging educational opportunities.

The curriculum includes reading, writing, English, math, science, technology, history, art, physical education and for high school students, Latin. All AIM seniors take two courses for college credit at Cabrini University.[10][11] Beginning in Fall 2017 seniors will also have the opportunity to take college courses at Drexel University's Close School for Enrepreneurship and the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts (PAFA).

College placement is 100%.[12]

Accreditations and associations[edit]

AIM is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS),[13] The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS),[14] The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), The Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA), and is a Wilson Accredited Partner School, a LETRS Affiliate Site, and a RAVE-O Training Site.

Summer program[edit]

AIM offers a four-week summer enrichment program for 5 & 6-year-olds and students in grades 1-12 offering support in math and literacy and for older students focus on executive function skills, assistive technology and ACT prep.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AIM Academy - About Us". Aimpa.org. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  2. ^ "The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. - River Park II". Bpgroup.net. Archived from the original on 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  3. ^ Hashtag (2012-10-18). "AIM Academy and Eatiquette featured in Mainline Education Guide". Vetri Family. Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  4. ^ "A Conshohocken School Rolls Out Local Chef’s ‘Eatiquette’ Lunch Program « CBS Philly". Philadelphia.cbslocal.com. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  5. ^ "AIM Academy - Community Center and Gymnasium - Wohlsen Construction". Wohlsen Construction. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  6. ^ "http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2017/02/15/aim-academy-buys-complex-from-buccini-pollin-and.html". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ "History of the Academy in Manajunk (AIM): Adoption of the Lab School Approach". Eric.ed.gov. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  8. ^ "The Lab School of Washington ~History". Labschool.org. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  9. ^ "Local school aims for change with new location | 6abc.com". Abclocal.go.com. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  10. ^ "In Manayunk, School Gives Youngsters A Helping Hand With Reading « CBS Philly". Philadelphia.cbslocal.com. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  11. ^ "Leadership Where It Counts". SuburbanLifeMagazine.com. 2002-05-13. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  12. ^ "The Academy In Manayunk boasts 100% college-bound students - Roxborough Review". Montgomery News. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS): AIM Academy (previously Academy In Manayunk)". Paispa.org. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  14. ^ "ADVIS – The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware -> Family Resources -> Find a School". Advis.org. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  15. ^ "AIM Academy Summer Enrichment". Aimpa.org. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 

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