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1-12
Private
Conshohocken, PA
Students enrolled: 270
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1200 River Road
Conshohocken, PA 19428

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(215) 483-2461
(215) 483-4597
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December 10, 2014
Given a recently posted review, I think it is important to provide an informed perspective on AIM Academy s approach to professional development. AIM Academy prides itself on its commitment to professional learning. Not only do AIM educators receive training in specialized programs such as Wilson Reading, RAVE-O and LIPS but they also have opportunity to hear from and work directly with researchers and authors who are considered experts in the field. Since September, authors Melissa Farrall and Peg Dawson have shared their knowledge on reading assessment and executive function. This spring, well-known researcher Steve Graham will address writing strategies. AIM teachers recently hosted Elaine Cheesman, the author of Dr. Cheesman s App Chat for IDA and Nancy Dyson, the co-developer of Number Sense Interventions. All participate in focused professional learning communities. AIM lives by Michael Fullan s principle for forward thinking organizations; Learning is the work. I know because I have had the privilege of working with AIM faculty for several years. Nancy Hennessy Director of Academic and Professional Practices Past President International Dyslexia Association

- submitted by a teacher
December 04, 2014
As a teacher here, I would like to paint a picture of AIM Academy, a school whose driving force is the education of students with learning differences. Every day I have the privilege of being surrounded by energetic, motivated and knowledgeable educators who give their all to their students and work long hours to do so. It's not many places where teachers willingly give up their prep periods, lunches, and free time to provide students with extra support. These teachers truly know their students and use their access to in-house professional development and specialists in the field to enhance their repertoire of teaching skills. It's also a highly collaborative environment, where teachers are encouraged to work together with the sole purpose of achieving better results for the students that they serve. The teachers are Wilson certified, a process that involves a year-long practicum program provided 1:1 along with seminar instruction and online coursework. However, AIM is more than just the programs that it offers. It is a unique place to work and I feel very fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community of teachers, parents, staff members, and most of all students!

- submitted by a teacher
December 02, 2014
This school is better than many and in a very nice building. This school has fabulous marketing, but be very wary of their skills and tactics. The teachers are Wilson Certified in less than a day and have very little experience with complex teaching challenges. They specialize in learning disabilities but have a reputation for kicking kids out if they believe the child won't help their statistics. There reputation in the teaching community is suspect. You can find schools that have more trained teachers and do not use punitive tactics on children.

- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2014
AIM Academy is a dynamic learning environment where students with learning differences will truly exceed. The faculty and staff are deeply committed to understanding and connecting to each students needs and contributing to each individuals achievements. The state of the art facilities and dynamic environment empowers each student to recognize and achieve their full potential. My daughter first entered the school with low self confidence and an unsure future because of her learning struggles. AIM has taught her self discipline, self advocacy, and self confidence. They are leaders in the latest research based instruction for students with learning disabilities and the specialized instruction is preparing my child to be able to attend college. She has started a service club at the school and started her own business which has led her to do public speaking events and even earn awards. She now has the confidence and knows she will have a successful future. AIM has truly transformed my daughter, and we are lucky and fortunate to be able have the school in our area. Thank you AIM Academy.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
This is NOT a one-size-fits-all-school! AIM builds 21st century academic bedrock and accountability in their students. Learning differences are recognized and addressed utilizing proven teaching methods. Students ARE challenged but also encouraged to shift up or down so mastery in an academic area is solidified. It's inspiring to attend their STEAM (the "A" stands for Art! ) Fair and see 21st century teaching, technology and learning manifested in the incredible student projects. Evident too is the pride seen in the students and their healthy camaraderie. Faculty and staff are smart and not "stuck" in what "was". This is a school that is moving forward and committed to educating college bound students (grades 1-12) AND current and future teachers in documented best practices for learning differences. We are so fortunate (and thankful) to have a student at AIM!!!

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 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
February 03, 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
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
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
October 02, 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
October 01, 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
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
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
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
February 02, 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
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
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
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
November 09, 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
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
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
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
no rating 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
December 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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.)

- submitted by a parent
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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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AIM Academy
1200 River Road, Conshohocken, PA  19428
(215) 483-2461
Last modified AIM Academy is a Private school that serves grades 1-12
AIM Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top