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Imagine Sierra Vista

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Posted June 11, 2014

We had high hopes for this school but we were let down. They had no idea how to complete a 504, refused to do one when there was a genuine need, and then eventually agreed but only when we got very pushy. Then they violated the 504 on two separate occasions. They also "lost" paperwork I sent to them for an outside assessment, and refused to do their own assessment because my child had a 504 for a completely unrelated issue. Bottom line is that they were uneducated about the law and how to help kids with a genuine need. My child's teacher wasn't bad, but we definitely didn't feel like this school was a suitable learning environment for our child, and won't be for any child who may need a little extra help. Parental involvement was just about nonexistent. Offers to join the parent's organization were ignored, even though we were filling out the sheet(s) (multiple) sent home periodically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

I chose to send my child to Imagine, having been at Imagine ELC, and having nothing but wonderful things to say about our experience at the daycare i felt confident that we would have similar experience at the school Im am completely disappointed with my decision. i love my childs teacher and if wasnt for her being such an awesome teacher i would have already takin my child out of Imagine. My biggest complaint is the office staff, the principal vice principal, secretary, HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! WILL NOT RETURN NEXT YEAR
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

I am a retired soldier, teacher and also a sub at Imagine S V. I have no idea about all of these negative comments. It seems there is no middle ground. People either love it or hate it! The parents say the faculty is praising the school and the negatives seem to be from irate parents. Personally, I find it to be a much better than average school. The administrators and office staff go out of their way to help me. The teachers leave clear and comprehensive lesson plans and expect them to be followed. The classrooms are neat and well-organized, and the students are on a structured routine and are ready to learn. The kids seem to be at or above their levels in math and reading skills. In addition to the core curriculum, enrichment classes are also available. Bullying is not tolerated here and trouble-makers are quickly expelled. Except for an occasional case of typical school "drama" I find Imagine S V to be a safe and harmonious place of learning. So a good question for me to ask myself is: "Would I sent my own kids to this school?' The answer is an unequivocal "Yes"! Sincerely, James Bryan


Posted July 14, 2013

So far, we are very satisfied in this school. My daughter goes here & she loves the teachers. Staff are easy to talk to & very respectful. The teachers communicate with us in terms of our daughter's well being & academic status. Just like the recent comment by a retired soldier, teacher & a sub teacher, this school Imagine Sierra Vista, doesn't tolerate any misbehavior & especially any type of bullying. Academically, the teachers & the administration of Imagine have been working hard to keep the quality of the education of our kids to be at the best. However, we as parents also have to do our part when our kids gets home to monitor them make sure they study & do their homework so they can be successful academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

I also believe the 5 stars are from staff or people involved at the school.... don't be fooled this place is the worst school in Sierra Vista. Unorganized & unstable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

When we first moved here a few months ago I was going to enroll my 4th grader here but was put off by the office staff and the administrator. They seemed more interested in my paying the multitude of fees that were required before even wanting to talk to my son or find out anything about him. I had some questions on what type of curriculum was followed and the administer couldn't answer basic questions. I left feeling the most important thing to them was getting paid, not what they could do for my son. I would enjoy anything thinking of enrolling in any school to do their homework and find out everything you can about their program, ethics and morals when it comes to meeting the needs of each unique child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

My child always has something positive to say about Imagine School. She loves her teachers and respects her peers. She is constantly telling me about the 6 characteristics that Imagine hold their students, teachers, and staff accountable to - which is why I believe she enjoys being at the school. Additionally, I have always been treated with respect. Any questions I have are addressed in a timely manner. I like that the administration are willing to listen and take into consideration any input I may have. They are a credit to themselves and the institution. Thank you Imagine for truly caring about your students...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

Imagine Sierra Vista encourages my children to do well. The faculty and staff are always willing to help. The principal and administration have been very cooperative with my family. I wish I could volunteer more of my time with my children's classes, their teachers are wonderful. There are so many after school clubs and activities my children have so much to choose from. I love the environment and encouragement I hear and see as I watch my children begin their day. I know that my kids are getting the best education in an encouraging atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I am very happy with my experience here at Imagine. My kids have lived all over the world and have never been excited to come to school until we started there. My kinder is bringing home some of the most innovative projects ive ever seen! My 5th grader loves her teachers and is always working on projects that combine fun and learning (which is nice becuase she is actually willing to do homework!) My middle schooler loves his teachers and is even being taught Spanish and Technology! They have always worked to resolve any concerns I had. As far as bullying, that is a problem ANYWHERE you go, but the principal and dean of students have enouraged my kids to let them know when there is a problem so they can work to get it resolved becuase they dont always know its happening unless theyre told. Thank you Imagine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

My children have been attending Imagine for 3 years now. I love this school and most important all 4 of my children love this school. They range in grades from Kinder-5th. My children's strengths and weaknesses differ from one another and I have experianced nothing but encouragement from their teachers. Plus I have worked with the middle school teachers and they are a great team! I noticed parents refering to the teacher turn-over. Those turn-overs are helping our school become a better place. We do have teachers who have been there for many years and they are great teachers. We are so NOT "Lord of the Flies". We follow the same bulling procedures as all AZ public schools aswell as Imagine standards. I must admit that I am a parent, I am on the PTO board, and I am a huge volunteer. I support who and what I believe is best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

I am going to pull my child out of this school due to bully issues...your child is not safe here! I am glad to see that many parents feel the same, I felt betrayed. The school simply lacks structure and standards, its "lord of the flies" at this school. Kids do whatever they want to other kids and get away with it over and over again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

This school has to be the worst in Sierra Vista, AZ. I pulled my child out of this school last year after it was blatantly obvious that she was way behind other children her age that attended other schools in the area. There is no oversight on how they teach your child and when you complain, they don't even take the time to listen to you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

This school is a disaster. And I am quite convinced that the "good" comments are from the school staff themselves. Everyone in Sierra Vista knows this is the worst school of the area by far. Do not be fooled by the flashy website. They market well they just don't teach well or give a good example to the students. This Charter school is all about business and your children are simply a means to that end. The turn-over on teachers and students is excessive. The academic curriculum is simplistic and unchalleging due to the poor quality in staff and leadership. Avoid this school if you love your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

We moved from the Mesa Public Schools last year and my children both maintained Honor Roll and Principal's list. They were also involved in athletics - basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball; and other extra-curricular activities. My son is an introvert, but was able to come out of his shell and make new friends. The teachers have motivated my children to excel and become independent thinkers. The principal has great confidence and enthusiasm for this school. The staff are friendly and willing to help when needed. I support Imagine in its efforts to maintain a high quality education and caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

I recommend never letting your child be subject to the subpar teaching that is going on here. My child was so far behind after being enrolled in this school that we had to get a tutor for her to catch up. Also, the staff is very unresponsive to bullying issues that take place on school grounds. We almost had to get the police involved for them to take action on a problem my daughter had with a bully. Our recommendation is "any school but this one!"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

By far the worst school in Sierra Vista. My son was a straight A student until he spent a year at Imagine. There is a high teacher turn-over which effects not only the stability of the students but the consistency in the curriculum. The teachers that are retained are of low quality and lack motivation. The principal is by far the weakest link in this failing school. The school just seems to "get by" with minimal effort by the staff and with no significant improvments to your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

This school was a complete joke. After pulling my child out of this school due to bullying issues, he had to attend summer school just to catch up with his grade level. Also the principal was the most unprofessional individual I've ever come across in a school system. This school gets an F- in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

We also left this school because it does not have a cleaning staff. Parents are not allowed in the bathroom, but if you volunteer and look in the bathroom , you will be disgusted. They were warned a day in advance about an inspection, and were frantically cleaning. Please research this school thoroughly. It was a very sad experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

After leaving the area public schools and enrolling my child in this school I was quite shocked at the lack of programs and facilities. We had come from a public school that had computer labs and now it is rare the my child ever touches a computer. Our former public school had more opportunities for learning and supplemental programs than we have experienced here. I will be re-enrolling my child back into the public school system for next school year. We found the class sizes to be comparable anyway and not much difference in behavioral issues,plus the dress code hasn't been enforced here either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

This is my daughters 3rd year at Imagine. Dr. Snyder does well with the students. He attends every school function. He's addressed every concern we've brought to his attention. He sat down with my husband and I for an hour to hear what we had to say. He even joined us in parent teacher conferences to help communicate with the teacher. He offerend great advice and helped develop a plan for my daughter without lowering the bar . He listened to what we wanted and created a plan specifically for her. The front office staff is very friendly and wondeful!. The teachers are great. Yes, there is a waiting list for buses. The curriculim is much higher than the public schools. My daughter attend public school for 1 year and was ahead. She is learning at the same level as my step-son who is a grade higher in KS.
—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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
59%

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63%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

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 58% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%
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 "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

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 49% 42%
Hispanic 28% 43%
Black 10% 5%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

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

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  • Accelerated credit learning
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  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. David J Snyder
Fax number
  • (520) 224-2511

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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1000 E Wilcox Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
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