AIM Academy

AIM Academy Photo #1 - MEETING LEARNING CHALLENGES WITH SCIENCE & LOVE: AT AIMAcademy, we recognize that children who learn differently need to be taught differently - and that's exactly what we do. Our passionately committed, highly-trained faculty employ techniques proven effective, and the results are remarkable. Each day we witness young people who doubted themselves in every way discover the gift of fearless learning.
AIM Academy Photo #2 - IMMERSIVE, CHALLENGING & PROFOUNDLY EMPOWERING: "My husband and I are so thankful as we watch our daughter going to school every day with a smile on her face because she is a confident student and knows that she has the caring, helpful support that she needs in order to learn." Parent, Class of 2020
AIM Academy Photo #3 - ALL THE ARTS: When you visit AIM, creativity is evident as soon as you enter the building - colorful paintings on the walls, actors in the black-box theater and students producing videos and soundtracks in our digital studios. Our program, which spans music, drama, art & design, and media arts, is supported by a dedicated team of faculty and amazing
AIM Academy Photo #4 - ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES: AIM Academy's athletics program includes 13 Varsity teams competing in the Tri-County Independent School League and PICL. Individual sports include Cross Country, Golf, Swimming, Tennis and Mountain Biking. while team sports include basketball, soccer and lacrosse. Wolfpack athletes and teams have one championships, been chosen for all star teams and are playing Division I and III college athletics.
AIM Academy Photo #5 - WIDE HORIZONS: In the classroom and beyond, AIM offers many options to explore. Education is enhanced with opportunities to explore the world beyond the classroom and school community. These include both local and global opportunities and each is designed to enrich their understanding of themselves and the world at large.
AIM Academy Photo #6 - IMPRESSIVE OUTCOMES: AIM has a 100% college acceptance rate. Our 2018 graduating class was accepted to more than 96 schools and students received more than $6.5 million dollars in merit-based scholarships offers. Each year, our seniors participate in a collaborative college program allowing qualified students to be dually-enrolled in college courses and receive six college credits.
  • Our mission is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing), and dyscalculia (math), utilizing research based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory in scope and sequence and to 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.

School News

  • 8th Graders Make Adaptive Games for Widener Memorial Students - 12/10/2019 - AIM students developed relationships with student buddies at Widener Memorial and created adaptive games in their STEAM elective class to share with them for the holidays.
  • 4-legged faculty member lends a helping ‘paw’ to students with learning challenges - 11/30/2019 - It's safe to say AIM Academy's faclity dog Kelly is paws down the most popular staff member at AIM Academy. Paws and Affection, a Narberth-based nonprofit, trains service dogs like ...moreKelly to empower kids who have disabilities. KYW News Radio featured a story about students who work with Kelly, her handlers and the Paws and Affection program. hide
  • Riding for Focus - 11/26/2019 - Hopping on a bike to find clarity in the classroom, that`s the philosophy behind the Riding for Focus program offered to Middle School students at AIM Academy. The program was ...morefeatured on PBS 39 talking to a student in the program who also rides his ike 15 miles to school each day. hide
  • Making Education Special - 08/28/2019 - Head of School Chris Herman's blog "Making Education Special" shares how at AIM Academy, unlike how students experience special education, teachers don't start with what a child cannot do. We ...morestart with what a child loves to do. hide

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia / Language-based
Year Founded2006
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$2,550
Summer Program Cost Notes$2550 - Mornings Only - K-12 $3550 - Full Day - K - 10
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students385 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade AIM Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers72 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Collared shirts for boys. Neat clothing for boys and girls. no blue jeans, sweatpants or athletic gear)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$35,850
Tuition NotesTuition is: $35,850 1st-5th Grade $38,950 6th-11th Grade $39,750 12th Grade
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$16,878
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLindsey Boden
Admissions AssociateLaura Rup


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, TennisBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
LacrosseMountain Biking,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Entrepreneurship, Eye to Eye Mentorship, First LEGO League Team, FRC (First Robotics Competition), FTC (First Technology Competition) Robotics, Global Competency and Social Sustainability, Homework Club, Horseback Riding Lessons, Junior Model UN, Media Arts, Student Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art and Design Club, Drama Society, Improv, The Moon- Arts Magazine, Young Actors/Drama Club, Young Playwrights

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fencing, Flag Football, Girls on the Run, Karate, Ski Club, Strength and fitness, Yoga

School Notes

  • AIM Academy was created with the belief that children with language based learning disabilities can and will thrive in a rigorous academic setting when they are taught by a highly committed, experienced and creative faculty who have ongoing access to the latest research, best practices, technological resources, and experts in their field. We dedicate ourselves to putting research into practice every day. Our students thrive in classrooms that offer multi-sensory and experiential learning and our programs are designed to foster self-esteem and social responsibility. Their academic and intellectual development is further enhanced by an array of extracurricular activities and enrichment in the arts, athletics and community service. It is our goal, that upon graduation, our students are prepared for the challenges, complexities and choices available to them at university and beyond. Curiosity, collaboration, compassion, confidence and critical thinking are their tools for success.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
My son has been at AIM for 2 years (and 3 summers). He is in the 6th grade. We could not be more impressed with the quality of teachers and the community as a whole. My son has gone from feeling that he's not smart to striving to do well with the goal of going to college and believing in himself. The core subjects are taught so the kids advance in the areas they have weakness but also thrive in the areas of their strengths. During the distance learning AIM is holding on-line courses throughout the day (and special/fun clubs) to keep the kids learning, engaged and focused. The pivot that AIM did in taking their incredible program on-line in literally days is so impressive. The committed faculty and staff really care about these kids and that they continue to learn. We could not be happier with our AIM Experience and highly recommend to anyone who considers this school.
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This is my daughters first year at AIM. It has been really wonderful for her. She has so much confidence now. She felt very defeated in her old school because she has an auditory processing issue and they just didn't know what to do with her so they would generally give up and so would she. We had tutors for everything for years because she missed so much in classes. I am horrified by what we spent and the time that was wasted for her having to learn and relearn. At AIM she doesn't need tutors because the classroom teaching style is so supportive. When she started at AIM, she could barely write a couple sentences without assistance. In less than four months at AIM she wrote an eight-page story. She works very hard, but the classes are fun and engaging and she really wants to do well. Teachers are excellent. No one is doing what they are doing there and seeing the gains in these kids. This was the best choice we could have made. She was so welcomed by the kids even though she transferred in middle school. We all feel very lucky. It's a long drive but very worth it for us.
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AIM will be a transformative experience for your child. This school has it all. The teachers are capable and loving. They want to challenge your child, but they are more interested in teaching your child to learn. There is a universal support system for kids that have learning issues like dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD and some processing disorders. They have seen it all, so they know how to deal with it. Additionally, they work very hard at creating a sense of community and want the students to grow. The trips both field trips and traveling trips are an amazing part of the curriculum. The kids explore, bond, and grow as students outside of the classroom. The teachers are like gifts that keep giving. They care, and the students grow to love them. How often have you experienced that? Schools like AIM are rare. Do not think twice. Each year at another school is another emotionally wasted year at another school.
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My son moved to AIM during winter break of his freshman year. Suffering from Dysgraphia, a deficiency in written expression, Tyler is now a senior, co-captain of the varsity basketball and soccer teams and fully engaged and ready for college. He is able to express himself with more clarity and has enjoyed the smaller classrooms and unique way of learning AIM has provided.Their recruiting of a trained faculty staff and continuous goal to find better ways to prepare its students has been rewarding for Tyler and my family. AIM's campus atmosphere is contagious in all the right ways.My father loved to tell me that the shiniest diamonds are found in your backyard. AIM shines brightest for us.Maybe it can for your family too.
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As a former AIM student, I am extremely proud to be a part of a community as close as AIMs. Each and every teacher knows every student on both an academic and personal level, allowing classroom learning and participating to be much more comfortable and encouraging than at a larger school. AIM has opened many doors for me and has taught me many valuable learning skills, and techniques that I am currently able to apply at the college level. I thank AIM for the skills I have learned, the friends I have made and the opportunities/experiences I had that one simply couldn't find at any other school.
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