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6-12
Public charter
Surprise, AZ
Students enrolled: 436

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14850 N. 156th Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85379

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(623) 344-1770
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October 05, 2013
My two sons have been in Imagine Prep Surprise for 1 year, and starting the year off this year since August the 1st. This school is great if your students have any troubles with something. The princible is always here to help. The classroom sizes are horrible. One class usually consits of about 34 students, and i was expecting ( from the princible talking about the class sizes ) for about 20 people in a class. VERY dissapointing since my sons were looking foward to smaller class sizes. The front office staff are very rude and unhelpful. My younger son went to the nurse and they didn't help him after about 30 minutes, It seems like you aren't even there, they look up from their phone, and they begin texting again. VERY unsatisfied. Most teachers at this school act like they want to be "the cool teacher" rather then learning. They would just mess around rather then spending time with the students knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Imagine Prep at Surprise is a a really good charter school. My son has attended Imagine schools since fourth grade. He was placed in Imagine's grade school Rosefied in Surprise in fourth grade, and liked it so much he decided to stay with his Imagine family throughout his high school years. His only complaints.... They don't have hall lockers and a band class. Imagine does not permit bullying, fighting or excessive school absences. Parents are encouraged to participate in school activities and classes. School provides a power school notification system, which allows parents to see how their kids are doing. The teachers work with the students to help them achieve their goals. Although they do have a uniformed dress code, it is somewhat relaxed now. Everyone there is very kind and the school has a friendly atmosphere. If you like myself are fed up with the public school system, and want to try a charter, I encourage you to try Imagine Schools. Your kids will thank you.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
This is my daughter's first year here. There are ample opportunities for student involvement. She is in several clubs, being challenged academically, and enjoys the smaller environment as opposed to a public school. Communication with administration, teachers and parents is above average. I would recommend this school to parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
We love this school! This is the fourth year my daughter has attended Imagine Prep. The staff members are always professional and available. Most importantly I feel that my daughter is being prepared not only for an outstanding education, but for an outstanding life as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Prep is definitely the right name for this school! They are not just prepping our kids for college, but for life in the real world. Great staff that actually care about our children. I'm so glad we chose Imagine Prep.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My school is a great school because they have made my child feel so appreciative. She was struggling at her old school and we decided to move her. They see her "out of the box" outlook as an asset. They have really helped her feel like she belongs and love it. She is thinking about staying for high school there as well. If they keep up the good work...I am so for it! They have done a great job with her and also keeping us informed Thank you Imagine Prep for seeing my daughter as an asset!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
I love the schools the rosefield and the middle school are by far the best. I have seen my kids more happy. They have been to many charter schools and I love this one.great staff and teachers! !

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
Imagine Prep has been a great experience thus far. This is our son's first year there and he is really enjoying it. We had concerns with having 6th grade/middle school with high schoolers. But that is no longer a concern. The teachers and administration are all very professional. It has only been a month since school started but I believe it will be a great year for our son.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
To answer the question about Summer programs at Imagine Prep, my student was fortunate to take part of two Social Nights that included open gym and a trip to the movie theater!. I also know that they had Sports Camps, but my student was not interested.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
My son is in his fourth year at Imagine Prep and he has loved every year more than the last. We are very happy with his education and the opportunities for leadership, athletics and clubs. The administration is approachable and exceptional. The Cambridge program is going well and we look forward to another school year where his intellect can be stimulated and challenged. I feel confident that he is in the best possible place. Thanks to the teachers and administrators of Imagine Prep putting their heart and soul into our children's education. That's the way a school should be.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
This school is so wonderful and it is great with one on one with its students

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
This school is absolutely amazing. The principal has gone out of his way to make sure that my son graduates and is determined to see him through to completion. My daughter just started this week and I'm so excited and can't wait to hear about her experiences. There are many clubs to join and the teachers go above and beyond to help your child succeed. I love this school. Thank you Imagine Prep for being such an amazing success!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
The best run school in the district ! Amazing leadership and staff!! I highly recommend you check it out.

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2013
Imagine Prep is a unique school in my opinion because it has a culture of acceptance and justice that they work on consistently throughout the year. My disabled child have NEVER been mistreated by his classmates. And the staff is committed to the best interest of the individual child. Last year, I called with a concern, and there is a meeting with ALL of my son's teachers within days. They are discerning and are invested in their families and I am very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Exceptional High School. This school administration and staff believe in teaching their students core values and then using them in all aspects of their education. They gear their studies to prepare students for the world outside of High School. Whatever their goal may be: college, trade school, or employment, Imagine Prep works to make the student successful.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
This school is full of leadership development and opportunity both at the middle school and high school level. Because of this, many students will have opportunities they will not gain anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
This is my 3rd year at Imagine Prep, and my first year as a high school student. I absolutely LOVE it! It is a really fun school, and because it is quite small, we're a very close knit family who always support each other. Imagine Prep is implementing the new Cambridge International program, which can get students who succeed in it to complete their basic college credits during the last two years of high school. Our principal is the best, because he really interacts with the students, and talks to us personally if we need attention with something or just want to talk. He is really understanding, and if someone, or a group has a new idea that they want to add to the school, then he is quick to set up a meeting and discuss it with them. The teachers are really great and easy to contact or get help from if you need tutoring or other help. It was for me the perfect step up from its sister school, Rosefield. Overall it is a super amazing school, and I am really glad to be a part of it, and look forward to going to school everyday!

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2012
Both my boys and I love the school. My kids enjoy the small class sizes. The teachers know the kids by their first name and they care about the success of every kid. The extra activities offered like Media, Robotics, sport clubs like track & field, soccer, basketball, and flag football, drama, band/rock club are excellent to keep the kids busy and enthused in school. Excellent school

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
This school was HORRIBLE. And i still regret the day setting foot on campus grounds. There theater and technology were modest. But lack of direction, education, and discipline doesn't make it worth the try. I had such high hopes for the school last year , but they quickly turned sour after being sent to detention 3 times for not having the proper color shoes. This really upset me, but what made me furious was having to switch out classes when being fed up by lack of directions from a certain teacher. He actually had the nerve to ask us why we weren't learning and therefore we spent countless class periods telling him why we didn't care about his class. They seem to care more about how you dress or speak to the teachers than how much you are really learning. There were a few teachers that changed my life and will always cherish their guidance, but since have left the school for "better opportunities" which I don't blame them. all in all I was quite ashamed of myself for allowing my mother to put me in this school and the day I left was the day I started to actually learn.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2012
This school really pushes continued education beyond high school. Many of the high schoolers have applied for and received grants and scholarships! Way to go!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
While there are some exceptional teachers at this school, there was just too much wrong for our family. We left after being frustrated at the lack of direction and lack of actual time spent educating kids. I wish them well for the sake of the kids, but there are definitely better options.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
I disagree with the review that was posted on February 27. We have high expectations here at home, and we make sure that my son's teachers at the Prep are aware of that. As a result, he does not receive grades he does not deserve. In fact, if he doesn't pull his grades up by the end of the year he is not going to have a very fun summer.That said, I think the curriculum is great at this school. I like the small class size. There are a few teachers I would like to see make some changes though. I don't think school is the appropriate setting for teachers to use bad language, wear piercings in their arms and neck, or play favorites. Other than that I think the Prep is great!! It will be even better next year when Mr. McComb steps up as the Principal and Mr. Hattley from Rosefield steps up as Vice Principal.They are two great leaders!! Students are lucky to have them in their lives. I would have given it 5 stars except that I really disapprove of the bad language, piercings and favoritism that a few of the teachers indulge in. But , as I tell my son, when he graduates he won't be able to pick and choose how his bosses and co-workers dress or talk, so learn to exceed despite challenges.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
I guess it is the norm now in schools... They are going to pass a kid no matter what because that is where they get their ratings and their money. I am old school. If our son is in trouble at school then he is in trouble at home. I just have a huge problem with grades being "given" to my son. Life is NOT going to give him a free ride. Apparently the school is unless we step in.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
Simply the fact that this school allows comments on their web site, not only positive, but negative as well speaks volumes for them! They truly are interested in all that our children and we have to say. My son loves this school and all it has to offer. Each day he is challenged, unlike the traditional public school where he was bored. He excels here; the students are so polite and considerate of others! It is a real joy to be around them.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
AMAZING!!! this school offers it all! we transferd to attend here, and couldn't be more thrilled. Like all the parents and students we know, AMAZING is the only words that come to mind. Great staff, well prepared students are the result and they LOVE the teachers. they are friends, they are equals... these students come out loving and learning, having respect for each other, the enviorment, but most of all themselves. this school prepares them for real life and for college. Not just to go off to it, but to be able to strive at college or in a career. they will know real life skills, how to gain and hold employment; A++ is all i can say. Amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
imagine prep was an epic fail to education all this school was about making money and it was all a big show with a terriable performance the staff didnt care about the students education except mr. davis *credit austin lowe* the princaple was a hypocrite and so was the vice princaple the school was meant for kids who needed a second chance and not to discourage them but thats what most of the staff did was discourage and the apperance of the school was terriable the apex system kept going down there was no structure and no positive attitudes at this school i would keep on adding to this list but i dont see the point anymore

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2010
Imagine Prep is an amazing school and the perfect fit for my kids. The school is relatively small so my kid are able to be leaders in the activities they choose to participate including volleyball, student council, and media club. I also feel like my kids are getting a solid education that will prepare them for college. My kids are not simply memorizing facts and figures they are becoming in engaged with their lessons through projects. Yes, it can be a lot of work but I love when the kids get excited about a project. And finally, I love that the administration reaches out to parents. They are in regular communication with parents through a weekly newsletter and regular meetings open to all parents. Imagine Prep is a great school and gives my kids and I sense of belonging to a community.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
I really like this school and so do my kids. Over the last year or so there has been an increased emphasis on professionalism which has been great for my kids. Imagine Prep is not only giving my kids the academic skills they need to get into the college of their choice but are also helping introducing to opportunties to help them decided what career path is best for them...the guidance counselor is amazing he really gets to know the kids and pushes them to do their best. I also like the uniforms, my kids do not. I don't see anything wrong with dressing neatly for school. I also love that school is so active over the summer! My son is participating is a 2 week robotics camp this summer and has met his friend at school for FREE movies and open gym twice already!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
My daughter will never attend an Imagine School ever again nor will I recommend this school to to another person unless either you or your child are a favorite at the school! The school focuses too much on what the kids are doing wrong or what they are wearing rather than on what they are learning! The focus is for our children to look professional yet the teacher's set no example and they sure are not giving the students a professional education! They can't wear more than 3 bracelets to school yet it's ok for teachers to have piercings on their arms! There is so much favortism in this school it makes me sick!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
I think this school is extremely horrible. I as a student has seen all of the inside stuff that goes on on the inside of that school. I attended that school for 8th grade for the 2008-2009 school year. The principal was all happy and exciting only for show. When important people came to look over and review our school. She got incredibly mean and annoying. in other words the school is really fake and alot of what they say you can do and what is going to happen, never happens. I wouldn't recommend this school for too many people. I guess for extreme eduacation cravers this school is your school. Like if your seriously planning to do really big things in high school colledge this school is ok. Let them know it or they won't pay any attention to you. with exception to a few teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 28, 2009
There should be more schools like this one. I love that they treat each student as an individual understanding what each one needs. This school far surpasses the rest of the high schools in this district. They care about the students and not just test scores. My child was in gifted in district high schools and here she can work at her pace. The other students are polite to each other as well as the parents that come on campus. Imagine demands respect and helps the students exceed their own expectations. Way to go Imagine!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
I like that I get to help decide things for my school - I guess what I mean is that kids have a voice and the staff there listens to us. I like being part of the High school student senate. Our physics class is going to Magic Mountain this week to study roller coasters. It is good that the teachers are strict so that no one picks on each other. I hope they start a robotics club soon. Our new guidance counselor is awesome. I recommend this school to everyone and my parents also like it a lot.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2009
I think the teachers and the principal are cool. Our new radio station is awesome. Maybe I will go to college to be a broadcaster. I like that no one is allowed to bully anyone at our school. Kids that were mean got kicked out so our school is safe for kids. Mr. Tabb is the best math teacher ever. Mr. Sidermann does lots of fun activities. We get to have another Block Party this month. Our school is da bomb!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 22, 2009
Wonderful school that allows kids to learn applicable skills for their future careers. Diverse applications, like learning robotics, engineering applications, and students being able to decide if they want to take on an Honors or AP class without testing. The school also has its own Radio Station!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
The class sizes are nice and small. The technology available is amazing, especially for a first year school. I know each and every student in the school by name.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 20, 2009
I would rate this school 4/5 stars. My son really enjoys going to school and gets almost straight A's. The principal has loads of positive energy, is no nonsense and leads by example. Most of Drew's teachers are much the same. I would highly recommend Imagine Prep. to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
My Daughter attends Surprise Prep. Prior to attending Imagine Prep, she attended Rosefield which is also an Imagine school. Since we were so happy with the academics at Imagine, teachers, quality of education and Imagine opened their Middle/High School I jumped at the opportunity to send her to their next level. The community protested to build this school and we and many, many, many parents joined forces to help Imagine fight to build our new school. It was a combined effort of all parents of Rosefield as we loved this school, what it stands for and the level of education they were already receiving. I'm proud to state without a doubt Imagine Prep is above and beyond what can be offered in our local schools. The teachers listen to our kids, support them. I'd say more good things but this site is limited on words you can express.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2009
Surprise Prep is a great school with a wonderful Principle and teachers. My son (8th grade) likes that the teachers are young and 'cool' and as a result, he feels like they relate to him well and understand his needs. As a mom, I like that it's a safe and caring environment with small and interesting classes. This is the first year for Surprise Prep and I'm confident that next year will be amazing.

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March 09, 2009
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no rating March 03, 2009
Imagine Prep rocks! My family feels blessed that Imagine Prep has opened in our neighboorhood. Our son attended a Chater school (PEC) K-8th grade and we wanted small class sizes and a technology environment for his high school years. Imagine Prep has a high tech curriculum structure that we feel works best for our son. The Teachers and Principal have inspired our son to thrive on his talents in the Art field along with having open doors to help with his education over and beyond the normal school hours. Thanks Imagine Prep!

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March 02, 2009
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Imagine Preparatory High School at Surprise
14850 N. 156th Ave., Surprise, AZ  85379
(623) 344-1770
Last modified Imagine Preparatory High School at Surprise is a Charter school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Imagine Preparatory High School at Surprise Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top