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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....?
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.
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!
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.
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!"
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