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AIMS At a Glance
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AIMS is a nonprofit association of independent schools in Maryland and Washington, DC. Founded in 1967, the association's mission is to serve independent schools by providing outstanding professional development, accreditation services, public advocacy, and networking opportunities.

Independent schools are rooted in the idea of choice. They offer families a range of educational options: coeducation or single sex; religious affiliation or nonsectarian; preschool, elementary, or secondary; day or boarding; and each has a distinct educational philosophy and mission.

For all of their diversity and widely varying philosophies, AIMS-member schools have certain characteristics in common. Each is governed by a board of trustees, is independent in governance and finance, has stated policies of nondiscrimination in admission and employment, and is a nonprofit corporation. Each fosters a culture of learning, not only in classrooms and laboratories, but in every area of school life -  on playing fields, stages, in music practice rooms, and art studios.

AIMS is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the NAIS Commission on Accreditation. 


Fast Facts about AIMS (2018 fall data collection)

 *Information is based on the number of schools reporting on each data element.


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 Number of Schools  122
 DC/MD Schools  24/98
 Number of students  49,458

 Financial Aid Awarded*



 Percentage of Students awarded financial Aid*



 Student Diversity*



 Number of AIMS School Staff








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