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AIIMS – Alternative Individualized Instructional Methods for Success

AIIMS is an alternative education program providing tailored instruction to high school students experiencing challenges that prevent them from participating in the traditional school setting.  The program is designed to provide students opportunities for success as they work towards a high school diploma or GED®, as well as complete industry certifications such as Career Readiness, keyboarding, finance, and first aid.  

Students participating in the AIIMS program attend school for three hours a day.  Instruction is provided using an online virtual program. Each school day is structured to include an opening session, computer work sessions, and a closing session.  A brief break between computer work sessions allows students an opportunity to stretch and re-focus before returning to the computer work. A positive reinforcement program encourages students to follow the program rules and complete work in a timely manner.  Students are provided with Chromebooks to complete work at home, as appropriate.

Students participating in the ISAEP (Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan) program offered at AIIMS earn a high school equivalency credential while also developing career and technical skills.   

A student is eligible for enrollment in the ISAEP program if the student:  

  • Is enrolled at Salem High School
  • Is at least 16 years old
  • Is at risk of dropping out of school
  • Is not earning the required number of credits to earn a traditional high school diploma
  • Meets the ISAEP entrance requirements
  • Chooses to prepare for the GED® test

The enrollment requirements for the ISAEP program are:

  • Participation in a meeting with student, parent and administrative designee
  • A student evaluation/assessment
  • Achievement scores of a 125 or higher on each GED Ready™ practice subtest
  • A 7.5 grade reading level
  • Completion of a career assessment

If the entrance requirements to the ISAEP program are met, an ISAEP is created. Students in the ISAEP program attend GED® preparation classes from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily,  complete a Personal Finance & Economics class, take the W!SE personal finance test, and work 20 hours per week. The ISAEP program pays for the GED Ready™ subtests and the official GED® tests.  A graduation ceremony for students completing the ISAEP program is held every June to celebrate completion of the program with the student and family.


Dr. Elizabeth Arthur Coordinator of Alternative Education

Mrs. Liza Moles Special Education Teacher

Mr. Rayfus Parham ISAEP teacher

Ms. Gretchen Notermann Instructional Assistant

406 East Fourth Street
Salem, VA

Phone: 540-375-4104