Arkansas AIMS - encouraging rigor, rewarding excellence

Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc., AR AIMS, an affiliate of the National Math and Science Initiative, exists to strengthen the teaching of the AP® mathematics, science, and English courses and to build enrollment and increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on AP® exams in these subjects.


The New School Year Brings New AAIMS Workshops!

The AAIMS Content Directors have been planning all summer to bring you beneficial, meaningful, and “difference-making” workshops.  Debbie Bilyeu, Science Content Director will offer a workshop for teachers who missed the NEW PAP Science Advanced Pathways Curriculum Workshops this summer but whose colleagues did attend. If you/your teachers need an overview to better  prepare teachers for the utilization of the new Arkansas Science Standards as they work with their co-workers who will be using the materials from the AAIMS workshop, this is the event for you. Registration and attendance in this workshop, AAIMS PreAP Science 1-Day “Catch-Up” Workshop* at $500.00 also covers the registration for the teacher to attend the original workshop next summer without additional cost. This amazing workshop is September 12 at UALR.  TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.

Nancy Ward, English Content Director, Patsy Williford, Math Content Director and Debbie have also set dates for the annual fall AP Content Workshops.  Spring Mock Reading Workshops will be listed shortly.

  • AP SCIENCE 2-Day Content Workshop, September 25-26, 2017 at UALR.  $375
  • AP Math 2-Day Content Workshop, October 2-3, 2017 at UALR. $375
  • AP English 2-Day Content Workshop, November 2-3, 2017 at UALR. $375


*AAIMS has taken the ADE Science Standards and created a specialty workshop for teachers that will provide lesson plans, resources, AAIMS online science WiKis, and ongoing support.  AAIMS resources will include materials from the A+ Alabama, Laying the Foundation activities and labs, ACT Aspire practice work, as well as other sources.

Coming Soon!  Announcing New AAIMS Zoom Schedule

Announcing: 2017  Vernier  Software & Technology Training

Roberta Watts, AAIMS Science and Technology Consultant is offering teachers Vernier Training.  Please click for information.

2017 AAIMS Summer Professional Development is in Full Swing.

AAIMS is offering 20 LTF and PreAP workshops around the state in secondary (6-12)English, math, and science and elementary (3-5) English/social studies, math/science where nearly 650 teachers will become better prepared for achieving student success. The AAIMS calendar and registration links can be found in widgets on the right side of our page.


Highlights from the recent LTF Elementary Workshop held at Ft. Smith and at GCTElem LTF 3

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Highlights from the recent PreAP English Workshop held at Paragould:


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Highlights from the recent LTF Math Workshop held at the SWAESC in Hope:

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Highlights from the recent PreAP Science Workshop held at the SWAESC in Hope:

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  • Laying the Foundation Workshop Information


AAIMS Is the Arkansas Venue for  Laying the Foundation Professional Development.   AAIMS  offers LTF 4-day workshops during the Summer for PreAP Math, Science, English and Elementary, grades 3-5. CLICK HERE  for additional information about Laying the Foundation (LTF) Professional Development.   Get your entire district vertically aligned and better prepared for the ACT Aspire to ensure student achievement.    Click here for information:  Elementary LTF

  • LTF  is content based, incorporates higher order thinking, common core, and new generation science standards.
  • LTF aides in preparation for teacher evaluation.
  • LTF is approved to count as ADE’s required training for PreAP certification.


 AAIMS New Cohort 9

  • WELCOME New Cohort 9 Schools!  Artkins, Batesville, Benton, Blytheville, Fouke, Ft. Smith Southside, Gentry, Helena/West Helena, Lafayette County, Manila

  • Cohort 8 Schools:  Genoa, Huntsville, Jacksonville-North Pulaski, Lincoln, Paragould, Stuttgart.
  • Cohort 7: Hope, Lonoke, Magnet Cove, Siloam Springs, and White Hall. We are now in 55 schools across the state.
  • AR AIMS—70% increase in Qualifying scores from 2008-2015
  • AR AIMS—5th in the Country with increases in Qualifying scores in all MSE exams for Minority Students—237% increase
  • We are now in 60 schools across the state—18.4% of the high schools


ZOOM SESSIONS will resume Fall 2017. Check with your Content Director or your teacher to access archived sessions in English, math, and science. 

AAEA Instructional Leader March 2017,    “Introducing AAIMS”


Big Ideas Are Transforming Arkansas- Winthrop Rockefellar Foundation

Superintendent of the Year, Siloam Springs Dr. Ken Rameyimage1

AAIMS congratulates Siloam Springs Superintendent Dr. Ken Ramey on his selection as Superintendent of the Year for  the State of Arkansas, and for his dedicated years of service to the students and staff of the Siloam Springs School District (Siloam Springs is a member of  AAIMS-Cohort 7).


7 December 2016

Associated Press (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – A new study released today shows that high school students who enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP®) courses, and then graduate from college, realize higher wages than their non-AP® counterparts.

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Data Prove AAIMS is the Answer

AAIMS 2016-17 Data

2016-2017 Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science Brochure

Click for 2016-17 Zoom Schedule

Boot Camp PREP–2nd Successful Year!

UA: July 18-22 and UALR: July 25-29

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Click here for articles, information for 2015 Boot Camp PREP


AAIMS Schools around the state reward students’ success on AP Exams. The students pictured below received at least 1 qualifying score on the 2015 AP Exam.  Dr. Ken James AAIMS President, celebrated with Centerpoint High and Star City High Schools:

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Archived News




For Titles, Click AAIMS Prep for Website Sheet 2015