qh88 Central School District

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Alternative Instructional Model (AIM)

In addition to the three high schools, qh88 offers an Alternative Instructional Model (AIM) Program for students enrolled in grades 10-12 and has provided an alternative learning environment for students who have not experienced success in a conventional high school setting for more than 30 years.  AIM provides students with a unique learning environment designed to facilitate the development of positive attitudes toward self, school and community.  The AIM building is located on the qh88 North High School campus.

The AIM culture is one that emphasizes participation, respect, caring, and trust, enhanced by the reduced teacher-to-student ratios. Supports include:

  • Increased student-teacher contact
  • Increased student-counselor contact
  • Flexibility in scheduling
  • Participation in the general education when applicable
  • Varied instructional strategies
  • Community experiences

The students, in turn, must be able to work independently and demonstrate a solid commitment to completing the coursework leading to attainment of their high school diploma. Students in the AIM Program may return to their home school or continue at AIM to complete their high school education.

Students from each of the District’s three high schools (North, South and East) attend AIM. However, since the AIM Building is located on the North High campus, AIM students and staff are more involved with the daily activities of the North High School community. For example, AIM students use the North cafeteria, library, and physical education facilities. Also, many AIM students take elective courses at North.

Students apply to AIM when the home school counselor and administration, and parents, as well as the student, agree that a more individualized program of study would benefit the student. Most students who apply to AIM are lacking one or more credits for their grade level and/or they currently have some failing grades. When students make the decision to attend AIM, they know that their parents, home school and the AIM staff support the decision. Since AIM is a program, not a school, students remain members of their home schools and they are eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities.


The AIM Program has a staff of four teachers, one counselor, one secretary and one teacher aide. Current staff members are as follows:

Phil Miller

School Counselor, Team Leader

Lori Lorenz

Social Worker

Shaun Burke

English Teacher

Michelle Kirk

Math Teacher

Rosemary Spano

Teacher Aide

Trevor Lawler

Social Studies Teacher, Co-Wellness Coordinator

Joy Kubiak


Rachel Tierney

Science Teacher, Co-Wellness Coordinator

Contact For Additional Information

Phil Miller, Team Leader and Counselor – AIM Building
Phone: 716-626-8507

Brian Swatland, Princpal – qh88 East High School
Phone: 716-626-8404
E-mail: bswatland@williamsvillek12.org

Robert Coniglio, Principal – qh88 North High School
Phone: 716-626-8505
E-mail: rconiglio@williamsvillek12.org

Keith Boardman, Principal – qh88 South High School
Phone: 716-626-8201
E-mail: kboardman@williamsvillek12.org