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AIMS@UNM Charter School has received a grant of $175,000 from the Daniels Fund to support the development of a second AIMS school in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Mayor Richard J. Berry announced today that the highly successful AIMS@UNM Charter School has received a grant of $175,000 from the Daniels Fund to support the development of a second AIMS school in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science (AIMS) is a public charter mid-high school located in the Science and Technology Park @ UNM on the University of New Mexico campus. The Daniels Fund grant recognizes the exceptional achievement of the AIMS school program in educating a diverse student population in critical areas of math, science, and technology. It will be used for the planning and initial start-up costs for a second AIMS campus in Albuquerque.  AIMS will be looking for a publicly owned facility, preferably near CNM and UNM, to begin their second school by August of 2013. The program will start with space for 60 sixth graders, and add another grade each subsequent year.

“AIMS has such a high-quality, successful program for educating our students in these strategic areas,” said Mayor Berry. “It’s wonderful that the Daniels Fund is providing a way for us to increase the number of our students who will benefit from this innovative approach.  Our country is challenged with finding ways to engage more of our students in math and science education to support the country’s role as a leader in innovation.”

Joining the Mayor was University of New Mexico President David Schmidly, who praised the school’s collaborative approach, as well as its rigorous curriculum and integration of state-of-the-art technology with academics.

"Through the partnership between AIMS and UNM, these students are prepared to become innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields," President Schmidly stated.  "Their unique education encourages them to look at the world and ask questions, to develop answers to those questions through scientific inquiry, and to design solutions to their problems."

AIMS Board President Dr. Steve Cabaniss said, "The grant will enable our program to reach even more students in the Albuquerque metropolitan area with this amazing educational approach.  The Daniels Fund grant is wonderful recognition of the hard work and success of our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community partners.  We’re proud of our culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse student population, and believe that we have a formula for success for students from many different backgrounds."

AIMS provides a rigorous academic curriculum that rivals the best programs in the country. Students at AIMS@UNM enroll concurrently and begin working on their college education at UNM or Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) while earning their high school diploma. AIMS’ students graduate high school with an average of 50 college credits.

The City of Albuquerque played a critical initial role in the establishment of the school, having funded the initial research and charter application. While the City does not have any desire to operate the local schools, it does recognize the critical importance of a well-educated population for our community’s economic and social future.

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org

For more information on AIMS@UNM, please visit: www.aims-unm.org

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