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.


CONGRATULATIONS Paragould High School AP Students and AP Teachers!  

In an assembly at Paragould High School, Paragould School District and partner, NIDEC, awarded over $10,000 to AP students who had qualifying AP scores this past school year.  Paragould had 44 qualifying scores durng the previous year, but nearly doubled those figures.  During Paragould High School’s Awards Assembly this week,  80 bonus incentive checks were presented to students who had made a 3, 4, or 5 on their AP exams.    Paragould became an AR AIMS school during the 2016-17 school year. Outstanding job, PHS Students!!!

Over $10,000 awarded to AP Students who made qualifying scores.

Paragould High School Awards Assembly, September 2017


The New School Year Brings New AAIMS Workshops!

Nancy Ward, English Content Director, Patsy Williford, Math Content Director and Debbie have  set dates for the annual fall AP Content Workshops at at UA Little Rock and  Spring Mock Reading Workshops-Location TBA.

  • 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 & PreAP 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.

2017 AR AIMS AP PREP Boot Camp

The 2017 AR AIMS AP PREP Boot Camps at both UA Fayetteville and UA Little Rock provided a leg up to the future AP students in central and NW Arkansas.  These week long free camps funded by The Walton Family Foundation and the Rockefellar Foundation respectively were for students registered for AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. Students met with master teachers from across the state who made learning meaningful and fun. The honed in on specific “must know” concepts to ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of  AP.  At UA Fayetteville, the UA uTeach students provided mentoring and assistance for teachers while learning from them as well. At UA Little Rock the CityYear Corp assisted in the classrooms, encouraged students, and used the week to prepare for their in-school mentoring during the school year. AR AIMS expands our 2018 Boot Camp to ASU next summer. Watch online for our announcements and registration for 2018 AP PREP Boot Camp.

Photos and video clips can be found at our Facebook Page    @AAIMS2000           via Twitter @AR_AAIMS  #AAIMShigh   or click link below:

2017 AP Boot Camp PREP

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