Finding the Right AIMS School
Step 1 Discovery: Spring or Fall of the year before the date of desired enrollment
Find all of the schools that could serve your child by looking at our member directory of all schools or by using our Search Engine to get a filtered list of schools. Avoid being too narrow in terms of location or tuition at this stage. Many schools offer transportation and financial aid.
AIMS has regional Admissions Fairs in which many schools in a particular area come together to allow parents to learn more about a variety of schools simultaneously.
Step 2 Narrowing Down: Fall of the year before the date of desired enrollment
Based on your child's personality and your desires, begin to determine which schools would be a good match. Here are some things to consider.
Visit each school's website.
Request school admissions information.
Visiting each school is essential to the process. Some schools have scheduled Open Houses and/ or Visiting Days (Open House Schedule); other schools offer individual tours or meetings.
Step 3 Applying: Fall and Winter of the year before the date of desired enrollment
Once you have completed your search for the schools that are right for your child, you'll need to complete several steps. Most AIMS-member schools have their own criteria for making admission decisions, but all work hard to assess the match between each child's ability and needs and the school's philosophy, culture, and current student body.
Meeting - Most schools ask that you and your child meet with a representative of the school. It's an opportunity for you and the school to get to know each other. It's also a good time for you to ask questions about the school and its programs.
Testing - At some point in the admission process, most schools request that your child take a test that measures intelligence, aptitude, and achievement. If you are applying to a number of schools, it may not be necessary for your child to take more than one such test. Many AIMS-member schools offer similar tests and are willing to share the results with others.
References - A school will not accept a student from another school without an exchange of information between officials of the two schools. All information exchanged is confidential. Admission decisions are made in the best interest of the child by the individual school's admission committee. Most schools find it helpful to gather the opinions of other educators who are familiar with your child, and may ask for references from current teachers. In addition, AIMS-member schools may request reports of your child's grades, activities, and interests from his or her present school. Some schools may require a sample of your child's writing.