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K-8
Public charter
Colorado Springs, CO
Students enrolled: 802
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6464 Peterson Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80923

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(719) 306-2966
(719) 495-4239
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October 25, 2014
I could not adequately review the whole school but probably just 3rd grade. My kiddo is in Ms. Ragsdale's class. A major challenge for us last year was spelling; this year the whole spelling list for the whole school year has been posted on the class website which is really helpful for us. Also the teacher makes math easy for the kids and a parent may not need to reteach as this teacher's class feels like a tutorial session. The front office staff is really friendly aswell.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
I hope the new administrative team can change things around, but I m doubtful. Priorities have been in the wrong place for years. The prior principal manipulated situations, withheld information, and bullied to get what she wanted. Regional leaders are not any better. It seems like all they care about is the bottom line, and let her destructive behavior continue for too long. Class sizes are also too big. These are just some of the reasons for the drastic turnover experienced each year. It also says a lot about someone when their spouse comes to a board meeting and swears at board members and staff. He also informed everyone that the administrator s new job is much better because she will work less hours, and get paid more . It s ironic, this is what the staff has been saying for years? They re overworked and underpaid! Several great staff members have come & gone. Others remain hoping this year will be better, but it will take a long time to rebuild the trust that has been lost.

- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2014
My family LOVES this school! We have been to other schools and none compair to this one! I have never experience teachers that care more or give more to their students than those at Imagine! This is a school of choice and that means that the families that attend choose to be here and parents put much more effort into their children's success and are much more involved than parents in other schools. It isn't a perfect fit for everyone and if it wasn't a good fit for your family there is no reason for you attack the school with your posts. I can't imagine having my kids anywhere else and I know many more families that feel the same way. If you want to partner with your child's teacher and be a part in your child's academic success, this school is for you!!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2014
This school has a family atmosphere that is a rare find in a school setting. The teachers care about each other, the families, and the students. The teachers push the students to do their very best and while there is much more homework and at home activities than a standard public school, students learn material a year a head of schedule. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2014
This school is horrible. This is my son's 3rd and LAST year here. Every year the teachers take no pride in their teachings and are ok with letting their students fall behind. In fact, they even tend to blame the child instead of trying to work with them. They do not care to see a student excel in anything. They create favorites and i've come to believe that they may even be racist there. My son has had issues with racism there all 3 years he went there. I wanted to hope that it wasn't true but after 3 years, I see that it is true. The turn over rate for the staff is unbelievable. The front office staff is rude and are very irresponsible. They let someone that was not on the authorized list pick up my son from school!!! My son will NOT spend another year at this school. I would NOT recommend this school for anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My child went to this school when it first opened before the building was built on Peterson, and I did nothing but RAVE about how well it was! But for some reason the moment we expanded it declined, and that was in 2010! So I can only imagine what it's like now. My child did one more year and that was it, and let me say that I loved the teachers and I loved the curriculum but we left because of the ADMINISTRATION! Mean, rude, drama starting, lying administration! My child started a new school in second grade and has been happy ever since and so have I! I still had many friends that remained at Imagine and slowly one by one they would disenroll their children and I've heard nothing but complaints since we left about the administration. I hope this school can recover with a new admin team in place!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
My family just transferred from another imagine school a couple weeks ago. We absolutely loved the school there and were excited to come here. So excited in fact that we drive out of our way and have quite the commute to attend. Since being here I myself have noticed how rude the front office staff is, have not meet the principal, and my kids come home everyday composing about how much the teachers yell at other kids. Out sounds as though the music teacher is the biggest offender which breaks my heart as a musician myself. I was looking forward to attending next year as a family, however at this point I am just anxious to finish the last month as we find a better fit. I am truly amazed at how fast I have learned how inappropriate

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Worst school ever!!! My child didnt learn anything at this school..The students run the school. There is no discipline. Administration needs serious help. The staff in front office are not friendly. The teacher turn over is unreal. . RUN!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
We are finishing up our first year here and even though my children are excelling, I have major issues with administration and special education needs. The turn over is atrocious and since we live so close my husband and I decided to give the school a chance. I'm definitely having second thoughts. My children's teachers are wonderful but the school atmosphere, especially in the higher grades is much to be desired. How can my kids learn when there are other kids disrupting class and giving teachers a hard time? My kiddos are A students because of the amount of work we do at home. They both have jumped a math grade, but I have to re-teach almost every night because there are times that the math teacher cannot teach because of the disruptions in the class! I have spoke to admin about this & the frequency of incidents have decreased but short-lived. I honestly do not know what to do about next year.I agree with the administration having to be replaced. We were three months into school before my children knew who the principal was! The principal at our out-of-state school that we came from was stellar & every single child knew him & he knew them by name! We had such high hopes.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
this school has one of the worst administrations ever and bullies get away with almost anything - unbelievable- not a pleasant school environment! Good teachers don't stay for longer than a semester - this school has received consistently low parent ratings for at least 3 years and doesn't deserve the cumulative 4 stars - save your child some serious unhappiness and send him or her to a public school instead!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
Many of the teachers here are great but many have left. There has been a high turn-over for the last two years. (50% each year) The Principal is to blame for this! She does not support all the teachers equitable. She has her "pets" but if a teacher disagrees with her, they are treated differently. My daughter's teacher last year went to the Principal with a problem but the Principal refused to do anything about it because it involved one of the PTO parents that the Principal liked. If you are not a supporter of the Principal, she will not talk to you. Althought character is taught at this school, it is selectivly practised by the Principal. NOT a good role model for our children or the teachers. That's why there is a high turn-over. The Board will not do anything because some members of the board are close personal friends of the Principal. This administration needs to be removed. I will probable not have my children return next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
If your student has behavior problems that you support, you've found the right place, I have never found an organization that permits people to walk all over their paid professionals or bend policies like this one. Did your student earn detention for misbehavior at lunch? Just whine to the principal, she will cave and blame the teachers. Want to talk to the principal or vice-principal about a classroom issue? Good luck finding them -one works from home every other week and the other is on trips to Arizona or attending "symposiums". "This is a great school despite its administration" - direct feedback from their last accreditation. I wish I had these teachers and this curriculum when I was in school, but I have never worked with such unsupportive, unaccountable "leadership" in my life. Sadly, the administration cares more about the money each student brings in more than the academic and character education the students receive and will therefore sacrifice these for any parent who threatens to disenroll their student. "Shared Values" are shoved down the staff's throats, but not demonstrated by the admin. Prospective teachers, you have been warned.

- submitted by a teacher
February 21, 2014
The administration does need to change or be replaced. There was cutting and in appropriate interaction between the boys and girls of the middle school happening at the school and it was never addressed and the staff and faculty acted like it did not exist. Also the front office staff is very harsh. My children begged me not to have them wait in the office by them. I pray for this school, it has so much potential but we have pulled our kids and will not be recommending it to any one else until the administration changes and there is some teacher stability.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
This school is lacking in resources. It is too advanced for children in the lower grades. I have not had a good experience with this school. My daughter hated going to school and brought home an hour in a half work of homework every night that we ended up having to reteach. I am a certified teacher myself and did not agree with the phonograms coding to teach spelling. This continues onto 3rd grade where spelling words are marked wrong if incorrectly coded even though my daughter spelled the words correctly. We do not use this coding in the real world so this was the final straw in deciding to move my daughter back to public school. She also had 24 kids in her class and now she has 18. She is much happier at the public school and not as stressed out. They lack resources such as a gym, visual paperwork for the students(they make them take a crazy amount of notes) and support staff. That is why they rely on parents to volunteer to make up for this lack of resources. I know I made the right decision to move my daughter back to a public school where she will be better served.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
Very good school, although i find it not to be challenging, the staff is wonderful

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
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 ...

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
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

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
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

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
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!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
This is an excellent school. Probably the best acdemically in the area. Our kids have attended Ridgeview Elementary, TICA, and BLRA. TICA is where our kids learned the most over the course of a year. The largest downside for TICA is parents of kindergartners have to pay for kids to attend full day - but our experience was that our child learned and advanced more in half day at TICA than full day at BLRA. The RIGGS system is TREMENDOUS for kids learning to read and write - but ironically, the math advancement is slower and redundant. The traffic and parking is the biggest challenge for them to solve. In short, TICA has great teachers and academics with some fun, inventive staff but is situated poorly to handle the traffic.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
Real 411 if comparing schools. 1. Principal. Compassionate and gentle. Management is MBWA. By the book. Does not cave to parents with unreasonable demands. 2. Vice P. Combo counselor, cheerleader, and glass is half full guy. Busy but approachable. 3. Staff in 3rd year now. In 2nd Year too many military moved away and never told the school so they had less students on opening day than expected. Had to lay off some teachers to balance the books. This year the art teacher came back and class sizes are normal. 4. Parking. A militant parking person was hired Jan 11 when police started enforcing no parking on the main streets at the same time Vista Ridge is cutting loose. If you get in line after classes are dismissed like the rules say, you will have a normal experience. If you get in line before classes are done on the days he is working, he will ask you to come back after the kids come out. 5. Middle school is underrated. A very safe, insular, controlled climate for 6-8th graders (the focus is on studies, not the latest trends at the mall or on cable). 6. Very good school if you ignore the lack of parking and the small percentage of parents who are never happy.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
This an excellent school and I feel lucky to have my children enrolled. I think the administration goes out of its way to make sure a parent receives a lot of communication. I am never in the dark about school programs or initiatives because they send a lot of emails about what is going on. My children love Imagine.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
We think 5% of parents are not happy and 95% think it s a fine school. If our kids are laughing as they get out of the car and pass the teacher with the fun hats, then they probably are going to have a good day too. We don t understand many of these negative comments, but we do know our kids like going to school each day. It is true the homework is heavy sometimes and I m more involved in their homework than I want to be at times, but this goes with the territory of the Imagine coursework program. We have not had any problems with the 4 teachers in 2 years. Like others said, it s not a perfect school, but they have 800 kids for a reason.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
We have been at Imagine for 3 years now. My children have received an outstanding education. It can be difficult, but with the support of parents kids can truly excel. My number one complaint about this school is the handful of very difficult, hard to please parents. No matter what the teachers, admin, and PTO do there are parents who are plain hateful and NOTHING anyone does can make them happy. As the previous poster stated, this is a choice school. If you don't like it, go to your neighborhood school or opt in somewhere else. It's quite easy to spot the reviews of disgruntled parents who feel everyone has wronged them. People posting negative, hateful reviews as "revenge" are hurting our kids and our school. If you're researching schools, come check ours out and form your own opinion. I think you'll like what you see/hear.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
I have been a part of this great school for 3 years. The level of education that has been provided to my son has been outstanding. The teachers genuinely care for their students. I have seen this first hand as I have been actively involved in volunteering at the school and have never seen a teacher mistreat their students. Have I had frustrations on a few issues or policies, yes. Have I voiced those options and had resolution , yes. This is a choice school. You make the choice to send your child every day. If you are not happy and feel this is such a horrible school then simply do not make the " choice" to send your child to the school. There are politics in every school. That is the simple truth but at the end of the day it is about providing an exceptional learning environment for our children. That is what is most important. That is what needs to remain as the focus of our energy as parents not wasting energy talking about how horrible things are. If you dont like the school then dont stay...plain and simple. Angry parents make angry kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
If your student has behavior problems that you support, you've found the right place, I have never found an organization that permits people to walk all over their paid professionals or bend policies like this one. Did your student earn detention for misbehavior at lunch? Just whine to the principal, she will cave and blame the teachers. Don't like your student's grade? When the teacher doesn't bend, the admin will - if they are actually at the school that day. "This is a great school despite its administration" - direct feedback from their last accreditation. I wish I had these teachers and this curriculum when I was in school, but I have never worked with such unsupportive, unaccountable "leadership" in my life. Sadly, the administration cares more about the money each student brings in more than the academic and character education the students receive and will therefore sacrifice these for any parent who threatens to disenroll their student. "Shared Values" are shoved down the staff's throats, but not demonstrated by the admin. Prospective teachers, you have been warned. To the recent posters, yes, parents are encouraged to market the school on this site.

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2011
Beware of this school. Yo uthink Charter means more oportunity, smaller class sizes and better education, yet based of test scores they came in at the same as other public schools in the immediate area, they laid off teachers increasing class sizes to at or near regular public school sizes and cut all funding for the arts. They are continually hitting parents up for money, yet show no frugality with the way they spend and have little regard for the child as a person, but as a commodity. The principle is condescending to the parents (her customers!) and has a poor sense of priority. I have endured for 3 years, I have volunteered to help correct issues and I can't do it any more. If I can get as good of an education, the same class size and more access to extra curricular opportunities at nearby elementary schools why would I stay and put up with the elitist attitudes. I can not wai for the end of the year, I am transferring my daughter out as fast as I can.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
This school does not have a band/orchestra or choir program even for its middle schoolers. It is offered for an additional fee through their childcare program not through the school itself.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
Why so many Great Schools reviews? The two closest Neighborhood Schools (NS) received 15 and 17 reviews since 05. The closest Charter School has 64 since 07 while Imagine shows 101 (21, 42, & 38 since 08). Why do the two local charter schools have many more reviews then the two local NS? NS do not need to advertise because they have a population base in their neighborhood; the opposite is true for Charter Schools as 100% of the families have to "choose" to attend via word-of-mouth advertising (Less than 10% of Imagine s students are within walking distance) Also, charter schools require parent involvement so it's a natural tendency to submit a review to help with advertising. D-49 pools their SPED funding received from all schools and distributes the instructors and $ as they believe best. Imagine paid D-49 about $495,000 for SPED instruction last year. The public budget shows $497,995 going to D-49 next year. Students up to 3rd Grade are tested in Saxon Math every 5 school days. Students receive 2 pages of math homework 4-5 days per week. Imagine started with 684 kids last year and had a 5.7% withdrawal rate. There are no class standing figures.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
The math is rigorous, the uniform rules are enforced, some teachers are strict, they don't have a lot of money, the parking guys are rigid, yet all the kiddos I know are thriving. When I call the office the receptionist is polite and helpful so enough complaining on them. Like others have said the school might not be right for everyone but it seems like they have 600 happy families and we are one of them.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2011
To the June 20th poster, there's no need to be nasty to the "Isn't it ironic..." poster. The parents complained not because of unrealistic expectations but because they and their kids had bad experiences with this school. I know lots of families who withdrew their kids because there's no special education assistance and because of the unresponsive, uncaring administrators. I know some kids who literally have anxiety attacks because they're so afraid of getting in trouble with the school's extremely strict standards set upon them (i.e. getting sent to the principal's office for failing to tuck in polo shirts or failing to stay in line). There's also a powerful mommy clique that tries to control the school's PTO and drive others out. People need to see both positive and negative reviews to make the best possible decisions for their kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
My child just graduated from TICA, and I'm fully confident he is prepared for great success in high school and beyond. The teachers do more than adhere to a curriculum...they contribute real-world experience and build relationships.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Isn't it ironic that for every negative comment made quite a few positive ones are made? I dont know of another school that has so many reviews. It's almost like this school has a taskforce of parents that view this frequently to be sure to up the rating....?

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2011
This was our first experience with a public school and could not be happier. The school is still new and is working out some of the kinks of being new but overall it was a great experience. I'm glad we had the opportunity to enroll our children there. The curriculum is challenging but both of our girls excelled academically. I would definitely recommend.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
The curriculum and homework load at this school is a bit overwhelming. The front office staff is very unfriendly, every time I enter office I am never greeted, each time I've had to greet them. This will be my children first and last year attending Imagine. This has been one of the most stressful years in school my children have ever experienced. I am very disappointed that the school expects every kid to learn at the same level. As a parent who is very involved in my children's education want learning to be a joy and not a burden!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
It is a great academic school. We are investing in our children's future by monitoring or helping with homework after school. The challenging homework now will pay off later. We like the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
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!"

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
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!!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
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!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
The curriculum at this school is very good and teachers are the best of the best. However, the administration is so focused on trying to open another new school, that they have lost sight of the mission for this school and of their role in establishing it . So many families have pulled their students out during this school year. Student retention does not seem to be a concern to the leadership. Due to lower than planned for student count this year, teachers have been let go and the Art program has been dropped.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
This school has potential but a lot of families are having trouble with the administration. Recent cut backs were made because not enough students were enrolled and therefore the Art program was dropped along with some of the teachers. This has caused some grades to have very large class sizes which is not normally common in a charter school enviroment. I think eventually it will be a good school if they can make it through these growing pains. The question you should ask yourself if you are thinking about in enrolling is if you want to go along for the ride. Plan on it being a rollercoaster!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2010
A Response to the posting from July 22, 2010. Perhaps you should have read your "Family Handbook." It clearly states that if you have a problem with a teacher, you should take it to the teacher first. And that if you go to the administration, the first question you will be asked is "did you talk to the teacher to try to resolve the issue." It seems strange to fault the administration for adhering strictly to the rules you both agreed to, when you enrolled your child in the school. (A brief note on punctuation... Adding 'apostrophe-S' to the end of a word denotes possession. So, when you write "hate's," you are in essence saying "belonging to, possessed, or owned by, hate." Too bad they didn't have Imagine schools when we were kids, eh?) Best of luck in the regular public schools. Odds of finding a sympathetic ear? Probably don't improve.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
I have 2 children that attend TICA. This is their 2nd year at this school. Last year they both made honor roll and "student of the Month" This year, there have been several changes due to lack of funding. A lot of the students did not return this year which had a huge impact on the school's funding. Because of this, there is no Art program (huge problem for me) and some of the classes have increased in size. The biggest problem that I have is the lack of communication! The leadership at TICA is good but they DO NOT return parent calls or emails. The leaders at TICA are so wrapped up in numbers that they don't have time for parents or the students. The teachers are great but they really need class assistants so they are not so overwhelmed and can help the kids that are struggling.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
This is a wonderful school. They offer the best classical curriculum available, the facility is top-notch and the teachers go above and beyond to give kids a great educational environment. All 3 of my children excel here and have improved dramatically in reading and math. I would highly recommend TICA!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2010
My experience with the principal's is that they don't want to hear your problems with teacher's especially if you did not take it up with the teacher first. If your child has a problem with a teacher it is not a priority to move the child. A child's best interest is not a priority. They don't take into consideration if a child hate's school because of the teacher. Parent involvement is the best aspect of the school. My children experienced a lot of bullyng considering they have core values which don't seem to be enforced. As far as academics there needs to be more focus on language arts. I was disappointed that in 2 of my chidren's classes throughout the year 2009-2010, I never got one permission slip for movies viewed in the class for example, Princess Bride PG (Violence,language, and suggestive material) Tom Sawyer (Inappropriate.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
Our children have attended this school from it's first year. The positive aspects of this school would definitely be the parent involvement and an environment that encourages character values. The negative aspect of this school would be that the special education services are very minimal. TICA really needs to work on it's SPED program. Children who struggle should have the same chance to attend and succeed at this school as the children who excel.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
Our two students have just completed their first year at The Imagine Classical Academy, and they are already looking forward to next year. We have absolutely loved the school, the curriculum, the staff -- everything about our experience has been positive.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
I am not impressed at all with lots of things I've seen throughout the year, my child will NOT return next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
My kids are learning so much at this school. We are very impressed by the staff and the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2009
Great school, great teachers, great PTO, so glad my children are enrolled there!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
My children attended this school last year and had a GREAT school year. There is a new staff of teachers this year and a some things have changed... some for the better, some worst. I am hoping all of the kinks will be worked out soon because it is a great school with lots of potential.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
TICA at Indigo Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO is a great find for us! We were looking for a school that provides enough academics and challenges our child. After looking at three other ones in our area we made a decision to go to TICA. And we don't regret it and look forward to the adventure!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love the community and how involved everyone is!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
I feel Tica is a great school because it is quite challenging.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
The school community as a whole is very welcoming and friendly. The kids learn not only what they need to know to be successful in todays world, but they also learn that character counts. Imagine puts into practice the character trait they are studying each month and make sure the kids see how it is important to be kind, honest, respectful, etc... The teachers are wonderful and work very hard to give our kids the skills they need to be well rounded students. I love our school and so do my kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Teachers are top-notch, program is amazing, and parents care!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
We were concerend about our children's transition from a small (27 total students), 2 multi-age classroom Lutheran school when we made a military move to Colorado. Their transition to Imagine went more smoothly than we could ever have hoped for. They love going to school, our oldest child said his assignments are more challenging but more enjoyable, and they come home talking about things like Ancient Greece and opera.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
I love that my children get to attend a school with high quality education, great teachers and administration, and a safe environment. The emphasis placed on character, respect, and responsibility is refreshing. I am very impressed by the involvement from the principles in the every day activities of the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
We have the best teachers and staff who genuinely care about each student.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
This is our first child to attend school (K) and we could not be more pleased. She LOVES going and is so excited about the new things she is learning. Besides the excellent Riggs and Saxon programs used, I love the way character traits are introduced and taught, something I wish more schools would get on board with. Parent involvement is key at this school and again, shouldn't that always be the case?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Excellent teachers, atmosphere, leadership! Great focus on character development and academics, giving the kids a reason to reach for their potential.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
Because the administrators and teachers model good character traits and joy to their students and truly care about the students potential both academically and socially. It's a fun school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
I love Indigo Ranch and the good base it gives to my kids. I love the Riggs reading program and Saxon math. I feel like my kids are getting the best start possible in their early school years and this is invaluable for their future!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
TICA is an outstanding school. I was raised with a very high-end private education and I struggled to find a public school that offered a curriculum and the quality instruction that I am accustomed to. TICA has lived up to my expectations. The Core Knowledge curriculum, combined with the Riggs reading program, Saxon math program and a dedicated, wonderful teacher, has made my daughter's learning experience a fabulous one so far. TICA's leadership is well-organized and communicates everything to parents in an effective and timely manner. I cannot say enough great things about TICA and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking the best education for their child in the Colorado Springs area!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
I believe our principal is really looking out for the best for my children. It's not just a job to her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Great school great teachers great atmosphere lots of family envolvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
I like the classical academy for what my grandson is getting in quality education. He loves his school and that means a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The Imagine Classical Academy is an excellent school. My daughter tells me everyday how much she loves her school and teachers and it amazes me how much she is learning each day. The values of the school are excellent and their level of community support and involvement are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
The cirriculum is challenging. The teachers are structured and friendly. My son loves going to school here. I especially like the reading program they use.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch has been the most organized school with the best communication that my daughter has ever been to. Having recently moved to Colorado Springs and never attending a Charter school before we didn't know what to expect. TICA made the everything very easy for my daughter and I to feel welcomed and well informed. The administrative staff is second to none. I receieve multiple emails weekly and I feel like I'm always kept up to date on school and PTO activities. My daughter has really blossomed at TICA and has expressed how much she loves what she's learning and the staff. I'm grateful for TICA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The character of the entire staff and the students that attend! This is an upstanding and amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The school values and encourages parent involvement and input, and the ethics are top notch. There is also a sense of community among the families and staff at Imagine, which makes the environment warmer. The leadership is experienced and their level of integrity impressive!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The imagine Classical Academy is a wonderful school. My daughter is doing so well thanks to the great teachers and staff they have at the school. The teachers listen to your concerns and are there for you when you need to talk about something.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I love how well-rounded the school curriculum is. The principals make sure that all teachers are on the same page. They know what is coming up in the next year. They teach core values.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
The Imagine Classical Academy @ Indigo Ranch encourages the parents to participate in what is going on at the school. They also, encourage our kids to be their best. I also appreciate the character education aspect of the school. Many public schools lack that these days.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I like TICA because of the smaller class sizes, teachers, principal. They are also a love and logic philosophy school. I especially like their creed.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
They communicate to parents very effectively. Great teachers! Core knowledge curriculum is awesome. Wonderful principal and assistant principal. Can't say enough......

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The Imagine Classical Academy is a wonderful place for many reasons, but primarily because of the faculty's love of children and desire to see them excel in an environment that encourages moral and personal excellence.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I LOVE the Imagine Classical Academy for my 2 kiddos! My son is in 5th and my daughter in 1st and I cannot be more thrilled with the school!!!! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
It has been a great choice for my child even though she has only been there a little while I already see improvement. She is happy everyday and enjoys it greatly.What a great education.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
The curriculum is amazing, the teachers and parents are invested, and this school sets high expectations and helps kids meet them with love, discipline and encouragement. We all work as a team to prepare our kids for tomorrow!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I love The Imagine Classical Academy at Indigo Ranch because the teachers and administrators create a joyous yet rigorous learning environment that makes my daughter feel valued and safe. The staff loves their jobs there and it shows. My daughter loves going to school each day to see her teacher who is always smiling and helps the kids learn in creative ways.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Students are challenged to reach to their potential and vrtues are taught as part of the curriculum

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Imagine School @ Indigo Ranch Colorado has given my child the opportunity to excell in the future and become a more succesful an well rounded person in both education and self.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
AMAZING, really. Everyone from the principle, the assistant principle to the janitor and the parents really care about each children's present and future education. They take the kid's and their well being very seriously. Great sense of community, the saying,' It takes a village' really does apply here!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
We have a 7th grader who attended last year in the 6th grade. We loved it! She is academically advanced and very social, standard public schools have not provided for her educational needs well. Her educational growth has flourished under the classical model and in this school she had quality academic and social experiences. The school community of teachers, administration, parents and students are all committed to the excellence of this school, and I love being empowered as a parent to be involved in my children's education. I have no reservations in recommending TICA to any parent who cares deeply about the high quality of their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
We are grandparents of a 2nd grade student and we are very impressed with her progress. And she loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
We have been so impressed with The Imagine Classical Academy. We have had such an excellent experience with this school. The front office staff is warm, welcoming, and helpful with any situation that arises. We are so impressed with the principals and teachers, as they are genuinely invested in growth and development of children's future. We feel part of a wonderful group of parents, who share the same great values as the staff! TICA has surpassed our expectations, and we look forward to many more years of excellence!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
I have a first grader at TICA. We couldn't be happier. The teachers ans staff are committed to excellence and have created a fun and caring environment in which the students can succeed. There is an active PTO and volunteer community. Next year we will have a beautiful, brand new building and we are very excited.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
My daughter attends Kindergarten here. Unbelievable. One of the things that pleases me most is belief that the children CAN be stretched to learn, and yet the teachers know where the line exists that goes to far. My daughter is reading, knows upwards of 70 phonograms, can do simple math well, and even some fractions! This is a far cry from the naptime and story time I experienced in Kindergarten. On the other hand, the children have fun, and they're learning the balance between working hard and playing well. I truly couldn't be more pleased with her teacher, the principals, the values of the school, and the curriculum. The foundation they're laying for my daughter's future far exceeds my expectations of what a school should or could do.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
I have homeschooled my three children up until this year. I was dreading the thought of putting my children into school. Both myself and my children were nervous about this huge change. I had many areas of concern. Soon after my children started school at TICA, I was eased of my concerns. The teachers are caring and dedicated. TICA prides themselves on character development in a world that seems to be losing character. TICA's education process is one that encourages my children and gets them excited about what they are learning. It is truly a blessing that I have found such a great school for my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
All 3 of my children attend the Imagine Classical Academy. The curriculum is advanced and prepares our students for higher education. The adminstration goes above and beyond for our families. You can tell that they truly love and care for our children and exhibit a 'hands on' approach to leading our school. The staff and teachers are also a dedicated and nurturing group of individuals. What I love most about our school is the parental involvement. There are few schools that really encourage parents to be involved in their childs education and the community of TICA is unbelievable. I truly feel the partnership between the school and the families are what make TICA the GEM that it is!! Enroll your child today!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2009
We have 6 children at TICA and we wouldn't have them anywhere else! For us, TICA is so much more than a great place for education. They teach values and morals (and the staff live by them), something a lot of children are missing out on. One of our children had a very bad accident at TICA, and I will say I was so thankful he was at TICA because he was in the best hands possible, the whole staff was amazing!!! We have used public schools, as well as another charter, and I will tell you, NONE of them even come close to this school, TICA is simply the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
Both my daughters go to The Imagine Classical Academy. I often hear when they come home that, 'School was fantastic!' The school climate and culture is what makes this place so special. The shared values of Integrity, Justice and Fun are some amazing qualities that is present in the school in every way! The curriculum and offerings that the school offers has challenged my daughters and is preparing them for our global economy. I am an educator myself and wish I was in a school that had the same leadership, values and quality in education that this school offers. I highly recommend that if you are looking for a better option for you child's education that you seek more information about TICA.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
The Principal, Mrs. Leone,Vice-Principal, Mr 'Ski', & Secretary, Ms. C. Whitmer are incredible leaders who genuinely care about the well-being & education of children. They, along with the teachers, are phenomenal. The curriculum is advanced, but very attainable with parental involvement & support . I believe they all have the best interest of the children in mind in order to prepare them for the future. The involvement of the families is unprecedented! I have a Kindergartener & I could not be happier to have her enrolled at TICA. She LOVES going to school! We look forward to several more years of learning fun at TICA!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
We moved to CO from OH in 2007 and my daughter started first grade at Stetson Hills Elementary which has a pretty good rating overall. However, we found out after a year of wasted time at Stetson that my daughter had not learned a single thing over what she was taught at Kindergarten in OH. Needless to say we were very concerned and we started looking at other options. We saw a sign about this new charter school opening up. We did some reasearch online, went to the Meet and Greet, and were so impressed with the curriculum that we decided to give it a try. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for TICA. My daughter is now challenged and absolutely loves school because she is no longer bored. My 2nd grader is reading 5th grade level books! Thank you Mrs. Leone and Mrs. Brown!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2009
I have two children at the Academy, and I could not be more thrilled! My son is a kid who has been homeschooled his entire life because I could not find a school that challenged him! Here at the Imagine Academy, he has been challenged on top of building great friendships. Now he is able to have the best of both worlds! My daughter was the kid who would not even let me sit and read to her. Now she is reading on her own, and hangs on every word her teacher says! I could not say enough about the experiece we have had at the Imagine Academy! Five stars all the way!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
I choose to send my son who is now in the 6th grade to this school because I dreaded the possibility that he would slip through the crack in an over crowded middle school. I like the classroom environment and the teachers are all wonderful. I am looking forward to transferring my other two children here next year. This school really cares about each student and the required parental involvement is a good way to encourage the school's sense of community! We really do love TICA at Indigo Ranch!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
I have a daughter in 1st grade and a son in Kindergarten. They both enjoy school and their teachers are wonderful. My son was reading after 3 months in school. The school curriculum is a little challenging for my daughter, partly because she was not at a charter school for Kindergarten. There is a lot of parent involvement which I feel is very needed in schools today. The staff are very helpful, trained and professional!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
This school it truly the best my children have attended and as a former military family we have been to several schools. The administration and teachers are top notch. There is a real sense of community and you know that the children are always most important. The level of education that my children recieve is far above what we have experienced in other schools. This school is deffinately among the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
My child attends this school in the First Grade. The schools staff and also the teacher has met all of our expectations and even more. I made the right decision bringing my child to this school. My other three children will also be attending as they become school age. My next one to attend will be in kindergarten next year. I am looking forward to another great year with a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
My son came from a home school environment and entered TICA at 6th grade. What drew me is TICA's commitment to excellence in not only education, but character-- and TICA has continued these valuable traits that I have so carefully begun. I love his competent teacher and the administration. He loves his friends and everyone in his class gets along well. Thanks, TICA!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
This is a great school! I love how they've achieved a balance between rigorous academics and allowing the students to still be kids. I also appreciate how the teachers don't just demand respect, they are willing to give it as well. Because of these things, my boys run to their classrooms in the morning looking forward to the day.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
My son attended public school last year. As the year progressed, he struggled more and more. As the school year continues at TICA, I have watched his confidence, as well as his scores, improve greatly. Although the curriculum is more intense, he seems to be much more enthusiastic about it. The staff truly seems to be committed to the children and the school. Also, it continues to amaze me how happy the children are... always smiling....even at school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
I give The Imagine Classical Academy @ Indigo Ranch 5 Stars! My husband and I have a full day Kindergartener at the school, and have been impressed by the education he is receiving there. The approach they use for reading and spelling is amazing, within a few months of him being there he was reading signs all over town. Now we can not spell words in front of him because he knows what we are spelling. The academics have challenged him in a great way. If I would have learned how to do math the way they are teaching, I would not have as much difficulty with word problems. We feel confident that he will be successful throughout his school years and life because of what he is getting from this school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
My daughter is in 6th grade here. At the beginning of the year she attended a public school, and did not work for her. She was welcomed here and felt more comfortable coming here. She loves the teacher, and the school staff. They believe in her, and she has excelled here!! My 9 year old will be attending 2009-2010 school year! I love this school as parent!

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The Imagine Classical Academy At Indigo Ranch
6464 Peterson Rd, Colorado Springs, CO  80923
(719) 306-2966
Last modified The Imagine Classical Academy At Indigo Ranch is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The Imagine Classical Academy At Indigo Ranch Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 141 reviews. Top