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Imagine Preparatory High School at Surprise

Charter | 6-12 | 436 students

 
 

 
 

Living in Surprise

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $123,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,160.

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 16 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted October 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 9, 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


Posted September 9, 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted August 2, 2013

This school is so wonderful and it is great with one on one with its students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 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


Posted August 1, 2013

The best run school in the district ! Amazing leadership and staff!! I highly recommend you check it out.


Posted August 1, 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

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

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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 73% 42%
Hispanic 16% 42%
Black 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 0%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Northern Arizona University
Grand Canyon University
Arizona State University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Promising Practices Award (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Desert Sky Regional Character School of the Year (2012)
  • National Mix It Up Model School (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Literary magazine
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
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
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 4:00 am
School Leader's name
  • Mr. McComb
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 344-1780

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
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)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Game club
  • Literary magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Northern Arizona University
Grand Canyon University
Arizona State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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14850 N. 156th Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85379
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Phone: (623) 344-1770

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