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AIM Academy

Private | 1-12 | 256 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $246,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,190.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted Friday, April 11, 2014

Watching something grow before your eyes is amazing. No I'm not a parent; I'm not even married. I spent six years as a student at AIM; I was apart of the first year and I am a member of the first graduating class of AIM. In June 2012, I got on stage and said, "I am not only leaving AIM with a diploma in hand but with the ability to succeed and change the world." I believed it then and I believe it now. I would not be in college if it was not for AIM. Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair, the co-founders of AIM, helped shape my life and made me the man that I am today. I left AIM as a man on a mission. Over my time at AIM, I not only learned how to read and write, but I also how to find my confidence. At Elizabethtown College, I have written for the school paper and I currently host my own radio show and my own television show, which I write for as well. I'm going to be honest, college is not easy; but with the education that I received from AIM and help that I still get as an alumni, I have been successful. My name is Jon Fuiman, I am a member of AIM's first graduating class, Class of 2012 and I am going to be apart of Elizabethtown's graduating Class of 2016.


Posted March 9, 2014

Remarkable. My son has been at the school since its first year with only 23 kids and 8 years later he is complaining that it is still small with 250+ kids. However, he has tremendous struggles with reading and memory and is now able to feel good about himself and find things he is great at. If only every child could be taught to learn the way they do it at AIM.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

AIM Academy is a college preparatory school that provides a student with the latest innovative individualized teaching for every student resulting in fearless learning. My daughter attended a private school who didn't identify her learning differences. Consequently, she struggled daily. At AIM, classwork & homework go hand-in-hand using a team approach. Her transformation has been amazing. We are very blessed to be a part of the AIM Academy family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

AIM Academy is a school like no other! We moved our son to AIM two years ago and we could have never imagined that he would be learning so much and understanding concepts that had been challenging for him in his previous school environment, Prior to coming to AIM our son was stressed out and did not look forward to going to school each day. Almost immediately after starting AIM he reported that "the way that they teach me makes things more organized in my brain". He became excited about learning and his self esteem was reflected on the fact that he was proud of his academic accomplishments and the fact that AIM has provided him with the tools to work around and deal with areas that always had presented challenges for him in the classroom. Because of AIM and the way that they are setting our son up for success beyond school and in the real world, the sky is the limit in terms of how he will go on to be successful and have a positive impact in the world. Prior to AIM Academy, we would never believe what is truly going to be possible! There is not a day that we are not thankful that we were referred to AIM and that it became a option / reality not just for our son, but for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

It's remarkable the change in my son in just these first few weeks of second grade. Last year he wouldn't pick up pen and paper now he's writing birthday cards and I love you notes. I feel as though we got our little boy back and I am so thankful that AIM exists. I would recommend the school to any family looking for an exceptional educational experience and caring community for their child with learning differences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

My daughter has entered her second year at the AIM Academy, having had an enormously successful first year. The school is centered around a vision of how to address the needs of children who learn differently based on research-based evidence and the efforts of a faculty that is full of energy and excitement about what they do. The school has grown substantially because it has built a reputation based on success of its students. I have recommended the school to many parents who are seeking an environment that promotes achieving success for their children in becoming the best they can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

AIM Academy has changed our lives! We feel truly blessed that AIM exists and is so close to our home! We transferred our son to AIM last January after much contemplation and it was the best thing we ever did. The process to transfer him was seamless-- everyone was so kind and helpful and supportive. Everyone at AIM has a story and all of them are truly inspiring. AIM has opened a new world up to our son and to my husband and me. We know that our son is in a place where he is valued and loved for who he is and is meant to be and not for whom they think he ought to be. So often you see kids being molded to conform to what is believed to be the 'right' or 'correct' thing. AIM allows children to be themselves and if there is something unique about that child it is a good thing not a bad thing. Honestly? Every child would benefit and thrive in a school like AIM -- each child literally has their own curriculum and they are followed and tweaked several times every year if necessary. We feel like the luckiest people in the world to be a part of this school- thank you for allowing me to share this with others!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

AIM Academy is a transformative environment. Our son came to AIM Academy in 9th grade after struggling mightily in his former middle school environment. Although he has language based learning differences he was reluctant to come to AIM. Once he entered into the Doors of AIM everything changed and he became a successful learner and his confidence soared. He is so grateful for the opportunity to go to school here. AIM gave him tangible tools for change and growth as a learner while bolstering the stregnths that were already there. The tangible evidence of research based programming like Wilson Reading, Language therapy and caring teachers providing a live it - learn it methodology have shown us quantifiable improvement in his reading and writing scores. As a Parent, I especially like seeing a report card reflect this progress showing us data of progress or lack thereof. AIm always offers other approaches to learning if the student isn't responding to a particular method. We are so grateful for this very special research based best practices school for children who learn differently!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

The founders of AIM (Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair) are best described as the Steve Jobs of Education. They have created a state-of the art, centre of excellence ,with progressive thinkers & creative catalysts for our children to engage and grow in /with. We have been at the school for approaching three years with encouraging results. Our daughter has loved the lessons in mythology & can easily reel off the details of gods & goddesses with confident enthusiasm, when memory is apparently an issue for her . Maths, her weakest area, has been a problem since we can remember. She arrived at AIM in third grade already a year & a half behind her peer level, despite extra-curricular tutoring from day one. Here, she has received highly individualized instruction & a well paced curriculum. The dedication of the ever-enthusiastic teachers & the investment in training programs by faculty, have all been huge contributing factors in her progress & the outcome that she is now at grade level, working on concepts I could not formerly imagine. There is a warmth and spirit of excellence that emanates from this school & its staff. I cannot recommend AIM highly enough to both parents & professionals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

AIM Academy is the best decision we have ever made for our son. He is a 13 year old boy who now loves school. He is confident, independent with homework, motivated to do well, and he's having fun at school. These are words I never dreamed I'd be saying about him. This is his first year at AIM. The teachers are top notch. As a parent, I feel connected to the school. The website is unbelievably clever, useful, and very user friendly. I am the parent of a boy with learning differences, and I am no longer worried about his future. Thanks to AIM.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

Cutting edge methods definitely, preparation for high functioning in a 21st century world, yes! But the teachers are truly amazing individuals; different styles and personalities stay focused like a lazer-beam on my child's needs with the result that she is truly learning and growing. Like sunlight and rain to a plant. They teach the whole child. A really unique environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

I cannot express in words the gratitude my husband and I feel for this school and it's wonderful teachers! My son, now in 8th grade, has attended AIM for the past 5 years. There is not another school that could give him the confidence, attention and love of learning that AIM teachers have provided to him. When we first came to AIM Nancy Blair and Pat Roberts personally worked with my child and identified gaps in his learning (from a school that claims to address the same needs.) He is now proud to be dyslexic. He understands his differences and appreciates those that share his challenges. Adults frequently ask where he attends school because they are so impressed with his composure around adults, manners and attitude toward life. I credit AIM with so much of his success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

What a unique and wonderful school! Only 5 years old, but already making major changes in the way this region views education for children with learning differences. My son started in 1st grade last fall, and I am so grateful to have this resource for him. He has auditory processing disorder, and it was hard to even get that diagnosed, let alone find an appropriate educational setting! (Luckily for other children, In addition to the school, they are a regional training center for teachers.) The application of the most recent research, rigorous evaluation for progress, emphasis on arts, and the warmest, most caring staff I've ever had the pleasure to work with ... it all adds up to a uniquely effective education tailored to each child's differences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2011

Our daughter (currently in 4th grade) has been at the Academy for three years. The surge in her self confidence was evident after the first day when we had asked her to do something and she responded by clearly articulating to us that we would have more succes with our request if we presented the information to her in a specific way. From that first day, she regained the realization that she was very bright but needed to be proactive in making sure that people communicated with her effectively. She felt so empowered and her confidence soared. The academics are of a very high standard and most importantly, the most cutting edge, research-based practices in reading, math, science and memory improvement etc are utilized. Individual programs are provided for each child with progress constantly being graphed against teacher expecatations and national norms. Multiple approaches are utilized until the most effective one is found. Through continuous monitoring any necessary tweaking is done in real time. The club methodolgy is 100% engaging and effective- how much more fun would it be to study history by transporting back in time and living it. This school is the gold standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

My son has been at the Academy for two years and our experience has been greater than I could have imagined. Not only is this an exceptional place for children with language based learning differences but every child would benefit from the "live it, learn it" style. The arts based, literary rich environment allows children who think and learn outside the box to reach their full potential. Imagine what can be unleashed. That is what you find inside this school. Thank you Pat and Nancy for not only believing our children can succeed but for providing the environment for them to be exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

Does anyone if there is a preschool for children who need a language based classroom, such as the one Academy in Manayunk has for grade school? I would love to send my language delayed toddler there but they don't start until first grade?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2010

The Academy in Manayunk changed our child's life. When he started at AIM he not only hated school, but also had started to lose faith in the fact that he would be successful at anything. His confidence and sense of self were in serious jeopardy. Through intensive hands-on, research-based interventions our son is performing at grade level (nationally-normed), is the captain of his little league team, and best of all is already thinking about which college he wants to go to. As parents, we are grateful beyond words for the vision and passion that Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair have brought to the field of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

This is a great school. My daughter was struggling until we moved her here now she has much more confidence and copes better with her school work. The teachers are great and you know that everyone in the school wants your child to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The Academy In Manayunk uses research-based teaching methods combined with incredible passion to make all the difference for children with language based learning disabilities. They are changing lives!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

This is a phenomenal school where my child is now for her second year. It specializes in a arts-centric (visual) approach to teaching kids with language/reading based learning disorders. Her progress and self-esteem growth is nothing short of amazing. Many subjects are taught with a 2 or 3:1 student:teacher ratio. Kids receive indiviudalized at-school and at-home work, ensuring they are appropriately challenged and are making the right progress. The school is now up to 96 students, just at the beginning of the third year. Word is spreading amazingly quickly: families from out of state are moving here to attend the school! (P.S. If you need a deeper track record than three years, look at the Lab School in D.C. on which AIM is directly based.)
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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Dual college enrollment
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:50 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Pat Roberts
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • admissions@aimpa.org
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (215) 483-4597

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • STEAM (Science, Tech, Engine, Art, Math)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Dual college enrollment
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Girls on the run
  • Literary magazine
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • MISSION: Provide extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, utilizing research-based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory in scope and sequence. Develop a center for educational excellence and professional development to disseminate best practices to educators by providing access to the latest research-based curriculum, technology and training.
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Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Dual college enrollment
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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1200 River Road
Conshohocken, PA 19428
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Phone: (215) 483-2461

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