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Imagine West Gilbert Elementary School

Charter | PK-5 | 416 students

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Living in Gilbert

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $158,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,170.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 70 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted October 9, 2014

I am a first year teacher here at Imagine West Gilbert. From the time of my first interview to being hired, I have felt nothing but acceptance, guidance and positive feedback from the administers and other teachers. I absolutely believe in the goals and mission of Imagine West Gilbert. I have never been in a school before that focuses on having good character along with high academic standards. I plan on staying at Imagine West Gilbert and continuing to be that positive influence in our Imagine family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 9, 2014

Having educated teachers and a support system that allows them to continue and grow in their own personal education, is extremely important. I love that Imagine helps their teachers with continued education and allows them the opportunity to come together with other Imagine Schools! My children absolutely love going to Imagine. Knowing that my children are not only well educated, but loved and cared for is very important to me. The teachers at Imagine go out of their way to make them feel important and they are thriving! I recommend this school highly and I am proud my children and I are part of such a wonderful learning community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I have two daughters who attend and we absolutely love the staff, curiculum. And everything about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

This is our first year at this school and we absolutely love it! Both my kids are excelling in every subject. This school is truly focused on developing amazing character and high level academics! The students are very respectful to staff, parents and each other. The teachers and administration are all great! When enrolling I was slightly concerned with the rating being a 6... However I now know that they strive to teach the kids and actually want them to understand the academic concepts rather than just focusing on memorizing problems in order to get high test scores. I feel as if so many schools nowadays just focus on their rating rather than the kids best interest. This school has such an incredible heart for kids! It's unique and refreshing! So glad we found this school that has such a small town "everybody knows your name" environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

My son's teacher has been such a positive influence. I believe his teacher has helped guide our son during a crucial turning point in his life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

Imagine West Gilbert We are the grandparents of two students, one elementary, one middle school. Our other grandchildren have all matriculated thr9ough Catholic K-12--your school ranks higher in our estimation.


Posted May 5, 2013

My daughters started this school 2 years ago and we have had such a great experience. My youngest was in the Pre-k 3 and 4 program, and it was excellent. My daughter loved school and made "best friends". Going to different centers in the valley, she never had actually liked going to "school", but she LOVED Imagine. The teachers are wonderful and she learned so much. They wanted her to be at school so they could prepare her for Kindergarten. And she is well prepared, she is already learning how to read sight words, and can write her name first and last in upper and lower case. My oldest started in Kindergarten and her teacher was phenomenal (Mrs. Push). She also loved going to school. First grade for her was a little challenging, but nothing that effected her grades or performance. We had to move due to work, and going into public school now, I can really appreciate now how great the education is at Imagine. Every school has its quirks, but for us the pros outweighed the cons. It really is like a family, its a smaller community of people, which we will miss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

I find this school to be caring and understanding of working mom's they work with you in every area pretaining to your child's learning and education. They take the time to listen to the parent and the child in all sitution. The teachers here want to teach so it makes the kids want to do good. The teacher here care about there students, worry about there students. The teacher also teach the children to respect each other and to be better citizen.


Posted April 30, 2013

My daughter has gone to preschool here for 2 years now and she loves it. As a parent I love that she is excited to go to school and learn. She comes home every day telling every one who will listen what she learned in school and how much fun she has. All the staff and teachers we have had contact with have be helpful and caring. They all seem to love the kids and their jobs!. I have and will recommend this school to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

I think this school is AMAZING! My daughter has been attending Imagine @ West Gilbert for 2 years and I am so happy we switched schools. I love the weekly communication with teachers. If I am unable to make it to any school events the teachers keep the communication open by either email or simply calling me. My daughters current teacher also offers free tutoring, which has really helped improve her test scores. I would definitely recommend this school to any family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

My son started out this year in the Pre K program and he has learned so much the teachers and staff are excellent! I love this school and can't wait for my daughter to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

We have been here since Pre-K...now in 3rd grade. My daughter loves the school and has always progressed year after year. We love the family atmosphere and I feel like my child is loved by the staff and nurtured through her education process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

I am severely disappointed in this 'school'. Before enrolling your child, do your homework. This institution is run like a business. Children are dollar signs,best practices are not used, teachers are not certified (ask to see updated resumes-they are legally bound to have them available to parents), and their AIMS scores are in the toilet. Don't let Imagine babysit your kids. Enroll them elsewhere for any kind of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

My child has been attending Imagine West Gilbert for 3 years. The teachers are very thoughtful and friendly. The curriculum is right on point for my daughter's needs. One major improvement I would like to see at the school is a more effective parking and drop/off pick up situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

Imagine offers quality education. We have been at Imagine for 5 years and love it! Every teacher that my boys have had has truly cared about them. It is very easy to communicate with the teachers and staff. Imagine is very welcoming of parent involvement. Although, they never push you or make you feel guilty if you can't volunteer. My children are honor roll students and continue to be challenged academically. Once they master a skill, they are given more advanced assignments. Learning never becomes stagnant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

We have been at Imagine for two years. The staff is wonderful. The teachers are caring and take an individualized approach to each child. I see a lot of positive reinforcement and my child has developed a love for learning as a result. The emphasis the school places on good character makes for a nice student body too. I love that my kid enjoys school and I am amazed at how much she has learned in this well rounded environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

Before coming to this school my daughter hated school, and was stressed out all the time. Since we made the change this year she has grown immensely, and I no longer have to fight with her to go to school in the morning. Her teacher is very caring, and best of all understands that all kids are individuals and treats them as such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

I chose this school using this website and emailing the Dean of Students due to moving here from another state. The Dean was very informative and answered all my questions as well as holding a spot for my 3 children since we were a week late for the start of school. The school year is almost over and I can't say enough good things about this school. Pre-k has been lots of fun for my 4 year old and she is starting to read simple words already. My first grader has excelled academically and socially as well. She is reading chapter books and learning so much about herself and her character. My son who is in seconds grade was the one I was worried about after having a not so good first grade experience at his previous school. His teacher has been an angel who has helped him in everyway possible. She is just an awesome teacher and she helped my son set goals and achieve them, she understands his crazy behaviors that can sometimes get him in trouble and deals with them in a caring and fair way. He has made me so proud of him this year and all the things he has learned and overcome! This is because of Imagine school and his teacher, who was voted teacher of the year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

I have three children in this school and they have done great. They love their teachers and their teachers keep them challenged. I love that the school has a program that helps the students learn good character as well as helping them achieve their educational goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

I have two daughters that attend Imagine West Gilbert. I couldn't be happier with the individualized education they are receiving. Both of my girls are doing exceptionally well and thriving due to the amazing teachers, staff and overall environment. I would, and do, recommend Imagine to anyone who is looking for a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 17% 43%
Black 11% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A47%
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Imagine Academic Growth School of the Year (2012)
  • NCEA Higher Performing Schools List (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Imagine Schools School of the Year Runner-up (2012)
  • Town of Gilbert Citizen of the Month (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Linda Horner
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Stop in for a tour!
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 855-2701

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individual Student Learning Plans
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Girl scouts
  • Karate
  • Tumble Town
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Imagine Prep High School
Gilbert Public Schools
Chandler Public Schools
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2061 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Phone: (480) 855-2700

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