Category: Online Classes

Meet the Teachers: Bev Graybill

Over the next couple of weeks we will be featuring video interviews with Aim Academy’s teachers. Below is an interview with Beverly Graybill who teaches some of our middle school English classes. In this video you can find out how she got involved in Aim Academy and also here more details on her classes.

3 Things to Know About the Redesigned SAT

SAT Math PrepFrom Kathryn Gomes, AIM Academy math teacher

  1. The new test launches March 2016.
    The PSAT aligned with the new SAT this fall. Students can take the current version of the SAT until March (and if you are a senior, it might be wise to take your last SAT exam before then). Beginning with the March test dates, the SAT returns to the 1600 point scale and the essay becomes optional. The change is major—the content and the format will change so educate yourself now and start making a plan.
  2. You have to complete one math test without a calculator.
    The test is short with only two math sections; however, one of them prohibits the use of a calculator. This section is no joke. . . I was shocked when I took the practice test. The test makers didn’t shy away from fractions, decimals, and really large numbers on this section. Don’t sit for this exam without brushing up on your basic arithmetic skills.
  3. It is an exam you can prepare for.
    The College Board hasn’t just revamped the test; they’re reshaping the way we think about test preparation and college-ready assessment. With their twitter campaign #skilledit, they repeatedly emphasize that anyone can succeed on the test if they put in the time and the hard work. There are practice problems, full length tests, and details on the College Board’s website. If you sign up through Khan Academy, you will be given videos to watch and practice problems to work through that are tailored to your needs. And all of this is now free.

My redesigned SAT math prep course, which incorporates all the changes, begins January 4, 2016. Registration is open now. After a pretest, students receive a customized study plan for the course. In addition to the helpful tools at Khan Academy, my students have access to more than twenty of my own videos that address all math topics in depth and review foundational skills students may be lacking. Additionally, the weekly live sessions provide students with immediate feedback and help them pinpoint their weaknesses. With 7 weeks of accountability and guided study my students are confident when they sit for the test. For more information and student reviews visit my site:

http://www.kathryngomes.com/sat-math-prep/

 

 

Aim Academy: Still Accepting Late Registering Students

researchHi all,

Aim Academy classes start this week, but you can still register for many of our classes.

For more information, check out the Aim schedule of classes here. Click on the course title to see a course description.

You can find the staff directory here, if you have questions you want to ask of the course instructor.

We even have a helpful payment plan, if that is desired. Find it here.

This will be our fifth year offering classes online that are specifically designed to get students ready for later CLEP and AP exams. All of our classes are lead by experienced teachers who love their subject matter. We’ve continued to grow each year, and this year is no exception. We are especially pleased by the number of returning students and families! We hope you will take the time to find out more about Aim Academy.

Aim Academy 2015-2016 Registration OPEN

megaphone manRegistration is open for 2015–2016 Aim Academy classes. This is our 5th year offering classes aligned with AP®, CLEP®, and SAT®subject area tests. In years two and three, our enrollment grew 40%. Last year, we doubled in enrollment. We expect to do so once again. Our teachers are highly committed and responsive. We use the latest technology to support student learning, and we seriously enjoy working with kids.

We are pleased to have two new highly experienced English teachers joining us this year: Susan Spivey, and Beverly Graybill.  Beverly Graybill and Susan Spivey are veteran homeschool parents and longtime teachers at the local homeschool co-op where I (Debra) taught for 16 years. Both are beloved by their students and parents highly recommend their classes. Mrs. Graybill will head up our English classes for middle school students. And Mrs. Spivey is offering British Literature.

As always, AIM does not charge a registration fee. Tuition does not include texts, but teachers choose (whenever possible) materials that are widely available used. We are up-to-date with changes coming to the SAT in 2016. And we are deeply familiar with the latest versions of equivalency exams (AP or CLEP) so that our students are well prepared to sit for these exams by the end of high school. College credit for high school work—that’s our unique focus here at AIM. We want to help your students maximize their high school efforts, be more than college-ready by the end of 12th grade, and position themselves for academic success and scholarship consideration once they hit campus.

Find out more about Aim classes here.

 

Aim Academy: Second Semester Registration Is Open

Hi all,

We have nine classes open for second semester enrollment. If you find yourself floundering midyear, several of our teachers have organized their classes so entering midstream is possible. This is also a great way to experience Aim Academy at a reduced price. You can find out more about each course here. And our popular payment plan is available for second semester registrations, too.

1. Introduction to Literature and Academy Writing

2. Creative Writing

3. AP Literature

4. American History

5. World History

6. Spanish 1

7. Spanish 2

8. Intro to Chemistry and Physics

9. SAT Math Prep (winter session)

 

Want to Know More About Aim Academy? Check Out This Video.

We recorded the recent Aim Academy informational. Here it is:

Aim Academy Informational

 

Thanks to our science teacher, Mrs. Dincher for editing this. Both Mrs. Dincher and Mrs. Adkins (our French teacher) show attendees around their class websites–which is a good overview of how all teachers use Canvas, our learning management system. And Debra Bell gives an overview of the webinar tool all teachers use for live classes.