We love Imagine our daughter has attend since kindergarten (she is currently in 1st grade) and is excelling at Imagine, yes the curriculum is challenging but like her kindergartener teacher expressed children's brains are like sponges they will absorb it all very quickly. Because the curriculum is challenging my daughter is never bored at school and enjoys going everyday and especially excited about going back after school breaks.
I have two children at Imagine and really like the school. Yes, the curriculum is challenging, and parent involvement is expected. No, Imagine isn't for everyone. But I am in awe of what my children are learning and how well they are doing. I think our public schools, in general, have been so watered down to accommodate those who struggle. Those who can excel have been left behind. Imagine is a good alternative for those who need the challenge. I appreciate the school's curriculum, the focus on character and the atmosphere. I have found the teachers to be caring and structured. But I do want to add that I'd like to see the art program restored, paid teacher's aides (teachers and parent volunteers can do only so much!) especially since class sizes increased due to lay-offs, better SPED, and for the administration to be more in touch with the needs of the students and parents.
The Imagine Classical Academy has been a fantastic beginning for my kids' education. The academic curriculum has been much better than I ever imagined. My five year olds are both reading well, and their approach to math has been very successful with both of my children. They enjoy learning and seem to be challenged but not frustrated with what has been asked of them. Their teacher has done a fantastic job of emphasizing the moral values held by the school, and she is truly dedicated to her responsibility as a role model to the students. In addition, parent participation is encouraging. Most if not all of the parents of kids in my children's class have been involved with assisting the teacher this year. The school has a personal feel and I would highly recommend it to a family that wants to be involved in their child's education.
I have had children attend both the local public schools and Imagine. I agree that the school isn't perfect, but there is no perfect school. There will always be something we don't like. Removing the art program was disappointing, but unfortunately necessary at the time. I hope to see it come back when our financing is in better shape. My child receives an excellent education at this school. He will thrive when he has to go to a local public high school and for that I am grateful. My son's teacher is fabulous and I do understand that finding a teacher that is a good personality match for your family is hard. I also know that they ask about your child's personality and strengths/weaknesses so they can pair you up with the best possible match. The more involvIed you are at the school, the more you will understand the workings at the school. This school requires parental involvement in some form or fashion. As long as you can contribute to your child's education, you will see your child thrive. If you simply want to send them to school and be done with it, I suggest one of the local public schools.
In regards of the post on March 17th... the posts are not false infromation. Maybe you have been one of the lucky parents who haven't had experiences such as the ones posted previously. Please rember not every child/family is going have the same experiences in this school that your child has had. Nothing I posted has been untruthful, I do think this school has some good teachers, and teachers who's efforts aren't recognized. But their are things that have happend that you didn't see or experince, don't tell me I'm lying!
Our family has attended TICA since its' founding days, and we couldn't be more pleased. The curriculum provided to the students is unrivaled, the staff are caring and professional, the atmosphere is one of focused learning, and the community is friendly and welcoming. This school recently received very high marks from a site visit conducted by a branch of CDE. Curriculum is designed and parents are expected to take an active part in their child's learning, which is so important in academic success for students. Students are also taught and expected to display positive character values. Qualified teachers oversee the structure, direction, and rigorous content of learning. There is not a better place for a child to be than in this community of staff and families dedicated to classical education, college prep, and character education.
This school is so demanding of my fifth grader, he has had to quit sports and church activities to keep up with homework. Much of the teaching is done at home. There is little support for a struggling student and they have no problem with retaining a student at this age instead of helping him/her to succeed. Teachers show little compassion--very military. My son has had to change schools.
LOVE the teachers at this school but, recently they laid off 5 teachers causing huge classroom sizes. Also, they really need to work on providing services for special needs. I would also like to see a library, and return of their Art program. Also, the teachers are very overwhelmed with no teachers-aids. They depend on parent volunteers for almost all of their assistant needs. Haven't decided if my daughter will be returning.
Excellant teachers with amazing support from parents. If your child is not ready for a challenge and not ready to be held accountable for their behavior, then this is not the school for your child. It is not the teachers or the schools job to raise your child, their job is to "EDUCATE" your child. We the parents should support our teachers and do our jobs as parents and provide home training for our children. Again, the education at this school is "OUTSTANDING" and so are our "TEACHERS!"
I must say I am extremely shocked but many of the reviews of our school. This school has one of the best, most supportive environments for students, staff, and parents. The teachers ALWAYS go above and beyond for their students. They tutor for free, differentiate learning, and seek the best possible strategies to help all students achieve success. They genuinely care about each and every child. I have NEVER, EVER heard the principal nor the vice principal scream or yell at anyone, including the staff. They are highly qualified and I would invite you to check their credentials with the district; I'm positive you would be very pleased with the information you would find. If you are a parent, please do not believe this false information, come to our school and observe any classroom, at any time of the day. We welcome parents to observe and see for themselves why our school is different. Please also try to come to our meet and greets to get to know our principal and vice principal. If you choose this school for your child, your child will receive the best public education in this area by far, hands down!!
I absolutely love this school. My son is in third grade this year and this is his first time at TICA. We love it. He has done very well for his first year. The teachers work very hard and do a great job. I would reccomend this school to anyone. The curriculum here is challenging but attainable for all students. On a side note, I read some of the reviews here that were negative. If you have such an issue with the school, you should speak to someone there. Also, whoever wrote about TICA CSAP scores being the lowest, you might want to check your sources. TICA was the number one school in the district for CSAP scores. It is posted on the D49 website. We are very proud of our school! The teachers are amazing and wonderful!!!
This school is terrible. My daughter hates this school. The principal yells at students, the teachers don't care, and the music teacher has more attitude than the kids. My daughter has attend this school for the first time and hates it. The assistant principal screams at the children and I've been yelled at before too. My daughter comes home crying because the teachers are mean. The students are rude too.
Teacher complains about job, only cares about few favorite kids, and leaves it to volunteers to teach the low kids(from personal exp. volunteering every week). Instruction is lecture style in Kinder! My kid's been reading for a year before entering K. Now 3rd quarter and no reading groups, she s bored! There's NO differentiation, no art, no language, no library, and computer time s a joke! Character ed. sounds nice, but doesn't exist. Teacher falsified grades b/c she dislikes me. I ve emailed the teacher 9 times, principals 5, and left 2 msgs. and have NEVER rec d a response. If you go to the school to speak with someone, all you ll get is lip service. The admin. is delusional as to what s taking place at this school. Bullying occurs daily and is not addressed. My kid broke 3 ribs falling from monkey bars, and nobody felt it necessary to notify me. Found out after school in the ER b/c she was in so much pain. Parents are expected to tutor their child with the RIGGS curriculum; yet the training for parents has been canceled until further notice...it s March. The constant fundraising and soliciting for supplies is ridiculous. As an educator and a parent, I would NEVER recommend TICA.
My daughter is in the 1st grade at Imagine (her 2nd year here) and we have recently decided that she will no longer attend this school next year. I cannot spare my childs education while this school "gets its act together". Art programs have been canceled, there seems to be a revolving door of teachers and the city has not been very supportive of traffic generated by the school since it is located on two busy streets in town. We are also very disappointed that this school does not employ teachers aids. There are 31 students in my daughters first grade class with one teacher and sometimes a parent volunteer. That is just too crowded for anyone to be able to sit and concentrate and learn. I'm sure the growing pains will all work themselves out in the years to come but we won't be there to find out.
If you are looking for an elite compound this school is for you! Only cookie cutter children are welcome at this school. A common practice from the administration is intimidation and discrimination. They do not care about the children unless they fit the mold; if your child doesn t they will do what they can to get your child out of the school. There are teachers that practice misconduct; for example the middle school Science teacher threatening the class with fire because he cannot control them. The Assistant Principle uses intimidation and humiliation on a daily basis. My child was taken into his office for not standing up straight. He proceeded to bully my child and then when I confronted him he tired to bully me. It is unclear if he even has the proper credentials to be in the AP position. The Principle allows the AP to run the show which makes her appear helpless and ignorant. I pulled my child out of this school because it is UNSAFE for any child to be subjected to such misconduct. I would not recommend this school to anyone and I believe District 49 could solve their budget problems by closing this school. It is honestly a lawsuit waiting to happen.
We switched our children from another D49 school due to issues with the dysfunctional district. Our children are receiving a phenomenal education and are so very happy. Their teachers are absolutely incredible, have excellent communication with the parents and provide the just right challenge for the children. We are hopeful that the art program will be brought back next year. We feel very lucky to have our children here.We love TICA! We highly recommend it to everyone.
This was my children's 2nd year here at TICA but I pulled them in the middle of the year because the administration & principal did not support me at all when I needed them most. Although many parents were complaining, I tried to overlook it since my children were excelling and doing very well at TICA. TICA has a very challenging cirriculum and I believe there needs to be more support for the teachers, especially when so many children are falling behind and literally failing the majority of their classes. My experience was good until I had a problem and then realized that what these parents have said - is very true! This school denies students after the October 1 count day because they do not receive funding for these new students. I find that to be unethical and that shows me that this school only cares about the funding and not the children. It's very sad and unfortunate. Research before you enroll your child.
Be careful with this school. The principals claim that they do not favor the founding families but they do grant special favors/privileges to certain families that donate the most money, are well-liked, and hold high positions in the PTO. The special favors include excused absences for family vacations during scheduled school days, teacher selection, and better treatment of kids of popular parents in terms of discipline and grades. This promotes an school atmosphere of elitism, snobbery, and hypocrisy. Parents who question the administration are forced to withdraw their kids. This school is all about the "image" and is starting to "teach to test" to try to improve the disappointing low CSAP scores. The administration doesn't take any personal interest in the students, they're so worried about numbers and academic standing. If parents seek help for their students being bullied, the administration asks "what is your child doing to get bullied" as if it's the victim's fault. Think twice about enrolling if you don't want to deal with favoritism, politics, over-competitive parents, and snobbery.
This school is an excellent school. The teachers at this school give all they have and are asked to do so much more than at most d49 schools. They are caring and thoroughly knowledgable about their subject matters. Both principles are out of touch with the needs of the junior high and tend to blow off parent concerns. They school would be a superior school if the principles would welcome parent feedback and act on negative fedback as a way of bettering the school rather than shying away any negative critique. Many good families have left this school due to the out of touch Principles. Our family stays because the education is unmatched in the Springs and our children are well plugged in socially. They need to have basketball, football and cheerleading too. The JuniorHigh would thrive it they did.
So many parents are pulling their kids out of TICA this year because of the principles. They are very condescending to parents. They don't want to deal with IEPs or any kind of special needs. The staff takes Zero responsiblity if a student begins to struggle in any way. If a parent brings a concern to the administrators, they turn their backs. The staff do not exemplify the character traits that is so highly emphasized for the students. Very discriminatory.
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