My daughter struggles with many things in her life and we have tried several schools and none have felt quiet right. Once we came across AIE we knew this was where she needed to be. Everyone in this school from administration, to teachers, to the kids treat each other like they are a part of your family. We felt so passionate about what they are doing with our daughter that we moved our son from parochial schools and placed him at AIE, and he has excelled. The environment is one of inclusion, understanding, and love. I never thought that I would be able to have all my children, both typically developing and delayed, in the same school and have this feeling of complete peace every time I drop them off for school. Many people have a misunderstanding that AIE is a place for children with learning disabilities or other challenges, and I thought this as well at first, but have now learned that Academy is a school for kids, not special kids, not typical kids, but all kids. True they do facilitate the needs of many students that have fallen behind in some ways, but above that I now feel that they give the typical boys and girls that attend, the large majority, a sense of compassion, understanding, and caring that most schools these days fail to provide. They allow the children with more needs, like my daughter, to grow and develop to her fullest potential, whatever that may be, in an environment that is not judgmental nor pitiful but rather is done by building them up and letting them know they are apart of the school family as much as anyone else. I now feel more important than even that they also allow the typical child, like my son, to learn in a way that is a little different, and very effective, while at the same time teaching him that it doesn't matter how much money one has, or if they learn more slowly than you, or if they look different, but all that matters is treating everyone with respect and kindness. These are the things that these kids will have with them for the rest of their lives that few places give our kids. Anyone reading this I encourage you to have an open mind and know that the people that operate this school do so because they are passionate about what they do and they care about every kid there. If you are looking for a school that is just like every other one this is not for you, but if you are looking for a place to send your child to make them not just a good student but a good person then I assure you there is no place better than AIE.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16