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Imagine Elementary at Tempe

Charter | K-8 | 314 students

 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 29 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 10 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted April 10, 2014

I don't know what to say except think twice before sending your child to this school. Today my student called me crying from the office and told me that she was being bullied. This is not what I wanted for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

Imagine Tempe is a wonderful school that has great individualized education for each of their students. My student receives after school tutoring that has greatly helped him! His teacher, Mr. Gruber, has communicated well with me all year long! This positive review contest the principal has created excited me because it has given me the chance to express my appreciation to the school and to my son's teacher, Mr. Gruber!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

I am extremely happy to announce my son is a student of Imagine. The learning curriculum is awesome. My son comes home and surprises me with what he has learned daily. The teachers are fantastic and always there when needed. Special thanks to Ms. Shaw a wonderful first grade teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

The school sent out a letter stating that the class that has the most positive reviews on Great Schools would get a free pizza party . So of course my son asked me to write a review. Unfortunately I cannot give the review that they are trying to get me to write for free pizza. I am very disappointed in the schools large class sizes, small playground. Large teacher and student turn over. Lack of extra curricular activities and the school sits right next to a Goodwill. Not the review I was told I would have to write for free pizza but it is honest and factual and Imagine will not be our school of choice next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

My son has been at Imagine for about 4 years and I really like the school and staff . The teachers give their students the attention they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

My children absolutely love attending Imagine Tempe. This school has definitely created an environment where my kids feel safe, important and confident. The teachers especially Ms. Bennett and Ms. Kelly, have been instrumental in my children's academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

I have children that have attended this school for 4 years now. You can't ask for a more caring staff than you get here. The teachers go above and beyond to communicate and keep you in the loop of your child's academic progress. They give you recommendations, websites, and activities you can do at home to help your child. The school environment is safe! Which is so hard to find. My child has never been bullied, but my child told me of an incident that happened and how the teacher was proactive and handled it right away. The adminstration is visible and attainable which gives you a feelig that you can talk to them about anything. The only reason why I dont give them five stars is because of the size of the school and the small play area. But I will trade size for quality teachers anyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

Teachers are nice and seem interested in my child. It would be nice if this school offered more sports or clubs for the students. Would be very nice if there could be better communication/concern with higher staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Imagine is a terrific school. Smaller classrooms, a great staff of positive young teachers who work very very hard to ensure that my daughter is getting a good education. I would like to see more communication from the new principal, like we did from the previous one (Mr. Boyd), hopefully that will happen in time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

I absolutely love Imagine Tempe! Both my children have the most dedicated and outstanding individuals as teachers. The staff at this school has the best interest at heart for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Imagine Tempe is the school that my son has attended for the last 3 years and while I am not particularly happy with the schools progress over this time I do want to point out that they do have some great teachers who really seem to care about their students. My son has been having a really diffuclt school year and his teacher has been informative, helpful and always keeping me informed of his progress. She is approachable and readily available to discuss anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

I really like how this school is so hands on, and the teachers go above And beyond to make sure the students succeed academic wise I would recommend this school to anyone with children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

My son has been at this school since Pre-K and I wouldn't dream of sending him anywhere else until he's ready for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

This is a great charter school with small classrooms. they have plenty of activities for the children to engage in and this is one of the few charter schools that have the bus.this school is a place where your child can thrive and stand out I recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

My daughter is in 6th grade and is in her 2nd year at Imagine Tempe. She seems to like it, she has maintained her A's/B's that she has always had, with the exception of a 'lapse' 2nd semester last year. The previous principal, who recently left, sadly, was always available to talk about any/all concerns. This was so great. I've not met the new principal. ALL of the staff DO seem very approachable & always helpful. I do wish the class sizes were much smaller, as I think that is the main appeal with charter schools, so when a class size increases it is somewhat disconcerting. Despite that concern, I am pleased with Imagine Tempe, I would definitely NOT consider placing my child in public school, and am very thankful to live in such close proximity to this charter school. I would really love it if they went beyond 8th grade however, as I am not sure what we are going to decide for beyond that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

My daughter has attended Imagine since Pre-K and has gotten an EXCELLENT education. She was one of the 1st students to attend the school since it opened 7 years ago. They are continually a performing school and my daughter's test scores are great. The school has added a plethora of extracurricular activities and even has a middle school. They have cheerleading and music. Most convenient of all is the afterschool program offered at a very low rate. It is great for working parents as the child is allowed to stay until 6:30 pm. We are moving so I hope that my daughter's new school is as wonderful as Imagine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

My daughter has attended from kindergarten to 6th grade. She loves the school. Teachers are great and some are very concern with our daughter's educational experience. Communication between teachers and parents are regular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

My son has attended this school since Pre-K. (He is now in 1st grade.) He really enjoys being a part of this school and has learned so much since he started there. I have had some issues with miscommunication; however, the staff and administration have always been open to hearing about any issues and always do their best to resolve them. I can easily contact any of the staff by email or phone, plus the teachers and staff constantly encourage parent involvement. I was drawn to this school because of that as well as the character development which is lacking in many public schools. Plus, I really feel my son is in a safe and secure environment at this school. My youngest son will be ready to start Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year and I am excited for him to do so. This really is a great school especially if you are an actively involved parent. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

Great school! Great staff! Caring and dedicated teachers! My children and I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

Tempe Imagine has an involved staff who work with parents in order to figure out the best way for each student to learn. They will implement new ideas and if a plan doesn't work they will try something else. They do not keep doing the same thing over and over when it doesn't work.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
n/a
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • 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
Black 37% 5%
White 32% 42%
Hispanic 21% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 6%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • East Valley School of the Year (2007)
  • East Valley School of the Year
  • Imagine Schools New School of the Year

Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Stacey Boyd
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Fax number
  • (480) 355-1650

Programs

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Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • flag football
Girls sports
  • flag football
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1538 East Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
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Phone: (480) 355-1640

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