I absolutely love this school. My son is in third grade this year and this is his first time at TICA. We love it. He has done very well for his first year. The teachers work very hard and do a great job. I would reccomend this school to anyone. The curriculum here is challenging but attainable for all students. On a side note, I read some of the reviews here that were negative. If you have such an issue with the school, you should speak to someone there. Also, whoever wrote about TICA CSAP scores being the lowest, you might want to check your sources. TICA was the number one school in the district for CSAP scores. It is posted on the D49 website. We are very proud of our school! The teachers are amazing and wonderful!!!
This school is terrible. My daughter hates this school. The principal yells at students, the teachers don't care, and the music teacher has more attitude than the kids. My daughter has attend this school for the first time and hates it. The assistant principal screams at the children and I've been yelled at before too. My daughter comes home crying because the teachers are mean. The students are rude too.
Teacher complains about job, only cares about few favorite kids, and leaves it to volunteers to teach the low kids(from personal exp. volunteering every week). Instruction is lecture style in Kinder! My kid's been reading for a year before entering K. Now 3rd quarter and no reading groups, she s bored! There's NO differentiation, no art, no language, no library, and computer time s a joke! Character ed. sounds nice, but doesn't exist. Teacher falsified grades b/c she dislikes me. I ve emailed the teacher 9 times, principals 5, and left 2 msgs. and have NEVER rec d a response. If you go to the school to speak with someone, all you ll get is lip service. The admin. is delusional as to what s taking place at this school. Bullying occurs daily and is not addressed. My kid broke 3 ribs falling from monkey bars, and nobody felt it necessary to notify me. Found out after school in the ER b/c she was in so much pain. Parents are expected to tutor their child with the RIGGS curriculum; yet the training for parents has been canceled until further notice...it s March. The constant fundraising and soliciting for supplies is ridiculous. As an educator and a parent, I would NEVER recommend TICA.
My daughter is in the 1st grade at Imagine (her 2nd year here) and we have recently decided that she will no longer attend this school next year. I cannot spare my childs education while this school "gets its act together". Art programs have been canceled, there seems to be a revolving door of teachers and the city has not been very supportive of traffic generated by the school since it is located on two busy streets in town. We are also very disappointed that this school does not employ teachers aids. There are 31 students in my daughters first grade class with one teacher and sometimes a parent volunteer. That is just too crowded for anyone to be able to sit and concentrate and learn. I'm sure the growing pains will all work themselves out in the years to come but we won't be there to find out.
If you are looking for an elite compound this school is for you! Only cookie cutter children are welcome at this school. A common practice from the administration is intimidation and discrimination. They do not care about the children unless they fit the mold; if your child doesn t they will do what they can to get your child out of the school. There are teachers that practice misconduct; for example the middle school Science teacher threatening the class with fire because he cannot control them. The Assistant Principle uses intimidation and humiliation on a daily basis. My child was taken into his office for not standing up straight. He proceeded to bully my child and then when I confronted him he tired to bully me. It is unclear if he even has the proper credentials to be in the AP position. The Principle allows the AP to run the show which makes her appear helpless and ignorant. I pulled my child out of this school because it is UNSAFE for any child to be subjected to such misconduct. I would not recommend this school to anyone and I believe District 49 could solve their budget problems by closing this school. It is honestly a lawsuit waiting to happen.
We switched our children from another D49 school due to issues with the dysfunctional district. Our children are receiving a phenomenal education and are so very happy. Their teachers are absolutely incredible, have excellent communication with the parents and provide the just right challenge for the children. We are hopeful that the art program will be brought back next year. We feel very lucky to have our children here.We love TICA! We highly recommend it to everyone.
This was my children's 2nd year here at TICA but I pulled them in the middle of the year because the administration & principal did not support me at all when I needed them most. Although many parents were complaining, I tried to overlook it since my children were excelling and doing very well at TICA. TICA has a very challenging cirriculum and I believe there needs to be more support for the teachers, especially when so many children are falling behind and literally failing the majority of their classes. My experience was good until I had a problem and then realized that what these parents have said - is very true! This school denies students after the October 1 count day because they do not receive funding for these new students. I find that to be unethical and that shows me that this school only cares about the funding and not the children. It's very sad and unfortunate. Research before you enroll your child.
Be careful with this school. The principals claim that they do not favor the founding families but they do grant special favors/privileges to certain families that donate the most money, are well-liked, and hold high positions in the PTO. The special favors include excused absences for family vacations during scheduled school days, teacher selection, and better treatment of kids of popular parents in terms of discipline and grades. This promotes an school atmosphere of elitism, snobbery, and hypocrisy. Parents who question the administration are forced to withdraw their kids. This school is all about the "image" and is starting to "teach to test" to try to improve the disappointing low CSAP scores. The administration doesn't take any personal interest in the students, they're so worried about numbers and academic standing. If parents seek help for their students being bullied, the administration asks "what is your child doing to get bullied" as if it's the victim's fault. Think twice about enrolling if you don't want to deal with favoritism, politics, over-competitive parents, and snobbery.
This school is an excellent school. The teachers at this school give all they have and are asked to do so much more than at most d49 schools. They are caring and thoroughly knowledgable about their subject matters. Both principles are out of touch with the needs of the junior high and tend to blow off parent concerns. They school would be a superior school if the principles would welcome parent feedback and act on negative fedback as a way of bettering the school rather than shying away any negative critique. Many good families have left this school due to the out of touch Principles. Our family stays because the education is unmatched in the Springs and our children are well plugged in socially. They need to have basketball, football and cheerleading too. The JuniorHigh would thrive it they did.
So many parents are pulling their kids out of TICA this year because of the principles. They are very condescending to parents. They don't want to deal with IEPs or any kind of special needs. The staff takes Zero responsiblity if a student begins to struggle in any way. If a parent brings a concern to the administrators, they turn their backs. The staff do not exemplify the character traits that is so highly emphasized for the students. Very discriminatory.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I am not impressed at all with lots of things I've seen throughout the year, my child will NOT return next year.
My kids are learning so much at this school. We are very impressed by the staff and the curriculum.
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