- 60,000 sq. feet of uniquely designed and technologically enhanced classrooms, science
labs, art studios, Global Resource Center, dining facility, and turf field completed in
- AIM's enrollment has grown from 27 students in 2006 to 210 students in grades 1-12
with a projected enrollment of 300 students in five years
- Research Advisory Board established including world renowned researchers Ken
Pugh, Ph.D., Louisa Moats, Ed.D., Daniel Berch, Ph.D., and Steven Graham, Ed.D.
- AIM administrators and faculty continue their leadership in the field of education for students and professionals:
- Pat Roberts, Executive Director, invited to join the National IDA (International
Dyslexia Association) Nominating Committee
Nancy Blair, Associate Director, invited to join the National IDA Professional
Development Committee and the IDA Standards Initiative
Pam Greenblatt, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Chris Herman,
Upper School Coordinator were selected to present at the National IDA
Conference, Reading, Literacy and Learning hosted in Baltimore in October 2012
Kris McGuirk, Education Director and Wilson Trainer, traveled to Ireland at
Wilson Reading System’s request to train educators in the Wilson Just Words
Grace Ashton, PhD, Director of Psychological Services, invited by Pearson
and Cogmed to present at the 2012 Cogmed Conference in Tampa as part of
the “Excellence in Clinical Implementation” session on Cogmed Working Memory
Training for students with language-based learning disabilities
Rick Castorani, Director of Technology, and Chris Herman, Upper School
Coordinator, presented at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in
Education) Annual Conference in San Diego. Their presentation, “Deleting
Dyslexia” focused on the use of technology as the ultimate equalizer in high
school and college education
Christy Barbone, PhD, School Psychologist, published an article, “Bullying
and Learning Disabilities: Double Jeopardy”, in the January issue of Dyslexia
Connection, IDA’s newsletter, describing the risk factors that make children with
LD vulnerable to bullying
AIM faculty received over 1500 hours of professional development or advanced
course work over the 2011-2012 school year
Past President of the IDA and internationally recognized consultant, Nancy
Hennessy, joined AIM’s Board and consults with AIM’s faculty in the areas of
reading, writing and fluency
- AIM Institute for Professional Development launched “Access to the Experts” open
to parents and professionals with speakers from the Haskins Lab at Yale, Tufts, UVA,
Vanderbilt and George Washington. Topics included:
- Neuropsychological Assessment of Learning Disorders
The Neuropsychology of Memory
Why is Math So Hard for Some Children?
Creating Language Enriched Classroom Environments
Evidence Based Practices in Writing
- AIM requested to pilot RAVE- O® II, a vocabulary and fluency program developed by Dr.
Maryanne Wolf from Tufts University.
- Over 785 educators trained at the AIM Institute in Wilson Reading Systems, LETRS,
RAVE-O and/or in attendance at our “Access To Experts” lecture series bringing the total
to over 2,200 since AIM's founding in 2006
- Innovative curriculum enhanced by new programming:
- Robotics program expanded and use of laptops, Ipads and Live Scribe pens
implemented throughout Middle and Upper School
STEAM curriculum unveiled with its multidisciplinary approach in Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design and Math that promotes higher level
Start-Up Corps Entrepreneurship Program - A study in the UK indicates that 35%
of our most successful entrepreneurs have learning differences. AIM students
partner with business mentors and are taught the business skills to turn their
ideas into reality.
Teton Science School Program is an integral part of the 8th grade science
curriculum focusing on the natural environment and the issues of sustainability
as well as man's effect on our ecosystem.
International Travel by Upper School Students – In 2011-2012, Senior and Junior
students traveled to Ireland to enhance their learning as a culmination of their
Senior Seminar Irish History survey course.
- AIM's first class graduated with 100% college attendance and acceptances at 28
colleges and over $1,100,000 merit scholarships offered. The Class of 2012 was the first
to participate in a collaborative college program allowing qualified students to be dually
enrolled in college courses during senior year and receive six college credits.
- The AIM for the Stars Gala audience has been addressed by Dr. Jill Biden, Ed Rendell, Michael Nutter and Anne Ford,
and has showcased the accomplishments of individuals with learning differences including Jon
Runyan, Dr. Ned Hallowell and Dr. Dennis Wint.
- Capital Campaign Phase One goal of $2.8 million reached to provide initial classroom
build outs, state-of-the-art science labs, and art studios at River Park II.
- AIM awarded a $1.5 million Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program
(RACP) grant to construct a regulation soccer and lacrosse field and additional
classrooms to keep pace with enrollment growth.