After enrolling one of our children at IIR in 2011 and having a fairly decent year, we enrolled our second one in 2012. Things went downhill that year. The classrooms were packed. As creative, talented teachers left they were replaced by what I consider to be "classroom managers" -- adults who specialize in posting assignments and ensuring students stay on-task but either have no time or aptitude for actually TEACHING and mentoring kids. The result was stressed, confused kids ... and meetings with staff ultimately featured the "well we let the kids know what is expected of them" line. Staff-parent communications were poor, and we felt that we were spending most of our evenings re-teaching subject matter to our kids because they were pushed so fast through the material merely so a "completed" box could be checked by somebody in Administration. One of the final straws came on the last day of the 2012-2013 school year, when our youngest brought home an F in a subject we expected a C in. The teacher's note: "sorry, wasn't aware his grade was that low." We now home-school. IIR is a train wreck, and not any better of an experience for your child than a "regular" D-49 school.
not sure what is going on at the school - it used to be good at the beginning but the last two years it went downhill. Had to take our daughter out of the school as she hated to come to school ever day- she is in a public school now and a complete turnaround - she loves school again ...
This is our second year and I really did not want to return. The core curriculum is what we wanted to challenge our student. However, the administration is severely lacking. They don't even follow their own mission statement that says character is modeled and promoted. I'm very dissapointed in their handling of situations which involve student to student problems. Half the year went by with no resolve on one issue then a more severe issue regarding harrassment was totally ignored. I will not be as lenient this year in letting them ignore issues. I belive in second chances but it's gonna be a short leash this year!
Imagine Indigo Ranch My two older,children began attending this school before the building at Peterson even broke ground. We left for a year and a half and my youngest also began Preschool there this past year. I am very disappointed by the constant turnover within the faculty. We have had some of the best teachers work at this school and they do not stay because of the administration. The principal, Dean of Students and the previous Vice Principal are all poor leaders who do not follow through when there is any conflict among children, families or faculty. With the exception of the gentleman in the front office, the office staff is unfriendly and often unorganized. He has been an active parent volunteer since the school opened. He has been a great asset to the office staff. He is kind, patient, organized and professional. With a new administration and front office staff, this school would be phenomenal. The curriculum is great! My children are academically ahead of friends of theirs in other public schools.
I have three children who attend this school. I have been very involved in each of their classrooms and activities. We have been fortunate to have good teachers. My main complaint about the school is bullying that is not addressed. My daughter that is in middle school has been chocked by a student and the student was told to keep her hands to herself. The student had been involved in several physical altercations in one form or another. The administration didn't take any action towards resolving the bullying. The student was not suspended or expelled until this week. Two weeks remaining of school and our children have had to endure this student's behavior for the entire school year. This is unacceptable, the administration was aware of the issues throughout the year.
I really like the emphasis on Character and Teachers are very nice and treat the children kindly. I am happy that parents involvement is welcomed. It amazes me what a kinderg rtner knows. They really learn a lot and I am completely content with the school. Well the one thing I wish could be different would be carpooling and parking space other than that I couldn't think of a better place for my kids--I love it!
When a your child says to you respect means to treat people everyone with high regard Hmm I think the school has something right. Some adults have still not learnt all people must be treated with respect...that did it for me! There should be more schools like this in the city. Colorado Springs needs to learn that!
Choose wisely. This school has potential but until the administration is replaced there will continue to be a high turn over rate with teachers and families. The teachers are great but unhappy. Happy staff does not leave in the middle of the year. If you want a school that will differentiate this is not the place. If the curriculum doesn't work for your child they will not modify it. I have pulled my child from this school and glad I did so.
My children have attended this school for several years now, and while it is a decent school there are things that severely need fixed. For example, they charge a student fee at the beginning of the year which is supposed to be used towards teacher supplies, more school supplies for the teachers, and a field trip shirt. However, along with sending school supplies with your children at the begging of the year they still mange to nickel and dime the parents for more school donations of copy paper at various times throughout the year. On top of all this now, they want us to print out the children's reading logs which some teachers require to be turned in monthly to be printed out at home, and used to come home in there Thursday folders, at the begging of every month. This is ridiculous. Also the guy in the administration office is very rude and condescending. He is very nosy, when it come to things that do not concern him, and treats people who have probably been there way longer then he has, as if he owns the place, and is the gate keeper of all things Imagine Indigo Ranch. Well at least we should be grateful that he is no longer policing people on parking for the most part.
I have had my kids in this school for three years now. I hope they are able to expand into high school before my daughter gets there. There have certainly been growing pains as they deal with being new (new school building, new charter, new location). My kids are excited about going to school each day and learn a lot. Class sizes are limited (probably at a higher limit than I would like) but that does not seem to have negatively impacted my kids experience. -Teachers have been very responsive any time we have asked questions or concerns. Usually it is asking what we need to work on at home -There have been some parent initiatives to start some basic sports programs I would recommend the school
My child has attended this institution since its inception & overall i would rate it average. Administration & office staff (as previous posters have mentioned) are indeed condescending & rude. My childs schoolwork i would put as average. There are no sports programs & none in the works. I can speak from personal experience that admin is more concerned with keeping their charter than with educating our children. Class size is same as you would find in most suburban schools throughout the US. This is last year for us we will be moving on to better next year.
I do believe their are great issus at this school was just picking up child and sent three times around in a circle then hollored at for not getting the child just needed to know wher the unmarked office was and no help at all. has no parking and if they get so much money where are the buses plus being on two busy streets with no way to go back the way you came is just ridiculous. They ned proper signage and maybe better people to control the traffic.
To the previous post: More students means more money and it seems more and more over the past couple years at this school that money is an issue. Student used to be able to wear jeans for free now they have to pay $1 on jeans day to wear jeans, Student fees more than doubled last year (so much for a free charter school) and now they are asking for money in place of volunteer hours. So class size is all about the money. As far as buses for your kids, they can use the d49 bus system it does drop and pick up right by the school.
I am concerned with this school now as I found out at the beginning of the school year that there are 29 kids in my first graders class room; which is quite a lot and the class room is small and feels very cramped. I thought this was a "waiting list only" charter school and that meant smaller classes but apparently that is not the case so I'm wondering what the point is as I commute to bring my kids here from Falcon. I do like the "feel of the school" as it is structured and kids are learning a lot but am very disappointed they are letting the classes become so large. May consider pulling them possibly before school end. The carpooling is also ridiculous; such a waste of fuel and time. Where are the busses???
I agree with the previous poster...choose wisely, but they lost a whole lot more than 1/3 of their teachers. It's was more than 1/2. About 15 teachers left! That says it all. In addition, I'd love to see the percentage of families who pulled their children because it is huge. The principal can't blame military moves this time! I truly feel sorry for the teachers who joined this school this year and for the families starting who are walking into chaos.
My thoughts: Imagine Corporate, Imagine Board, and D49 are just as responsible for the lack of professionalism that plagues the imagine administration. They are all fully aware of what is and has been going on at this school, and refuse to do anything about it. I know, because I provided them all the evidence they would need to make some changes and they turned a blind eye. Because they are a charter school, and the state of Colorado failed to put any real oversight in place when drafting a contract, Imagine can get away with almost anything they want, and not be held accountable. They are not much different then any other Corporation out there that is trying to turn a profit. They do not care who they hurt in the process, including your children.
My wife teaches here, and my son just graduated from this school. Obviously my opinion is a little biased, but...the teachers are great! Have a great summer!
Awesome school The best thing that happened to my son last year was Imagine charter school. 1. No racism tolerated 2.High standard to challenge kids 3.Parent involvement 4.We love Mrs Panek she's so fair
Academically the school is good. My daughter was learning well above her grade level. As far as everything else goes - I can't fathom the problems a child would have transitioning to a public high school from TICA! These kids are micro managed down to where an 8th grader has to stand and wait for mommy & daddy to pick them up. The staff has no common sense when it comes to traffic for pickup after school. The principal is severely overshadowed by the Assistant Principal who is one of the better staff at this school. None of the staff at this school will take parents concerns seriously or even acknowledge you but instead will only send you a generic email referring you to the parent handbook with a generic answer! Overall I fear for my child at this school, if they are not going to a private high school, TICA does not prepare them for the real world!!!
The school seems alright, this is my son's first year there, the teacher is very nice and my son likes her and likes learning. The Principal Mrs. Leone is more concern about where the parents park, following them out of the school grounds, than taking care of the educational part. I saw her taking pictures of the cars license plates to turn give them to the HOA. She even made a child cry because one morning his dad dropped him off on the street that Mrs. Leone doesn't want parents to park or stop, since his dad left before she could talk to the parent.
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