This is the only school I have seen Core Virtues included in the curriculum. Each month, a new virtue is spotlighted and weaved into learning. Not only are they preparing kids academically, but preparing them for "real life". It is done is such a way the kids want to be the best!
Amazing teachers, truly care for students. The atmosphere at this school feels like a big family. Having parents highly involved helps the teachers teach effectively knowing each kid's needs. If you have a kindergartener coming in, you will want Ms. Baker! She dresses up and makes learning interactive, such a fun class!!
Too much homework between spelling, test study guides, reading and math. We are spending our family time focused on getting everything done. I do believe homework is important but it'seems a lot for younger kids.
This school is very disappointing. Decided to move to this school with a not so great experience at another school and I thought this school would be better but it failed at my expectation for this school.First the bullying policy is a big joke and when/if you report an incident you usually get blamed for it and the person at fault is being considered a "victim".The dress code is inconsistent through students.Teachers favorite students and treat the kids they don't like bad. If you have a child that needs a bit extra work to get a concept then they usually get ignored until it is too late for help. Ultimately if you want a school that only cares about the length of your child's skirt and not if your child is not understanding the work than this is the school for you.
I feel that the teachers are somewhat effective because the children that understand the curriculum or the teacher likes get taught with care and kids that don't understand get pushed behind and neglected .
I feel this school gives too much homework because kids usually have some kind if writing ,reading,math,and other things like "character traits" to dissuss(also they push too much stuff off to the end of a year/quarter so kids come home overfilling with homework)
These teachers work hard to reach every kid in any way they can. There is an entire intervention team to help the teachers with ideas for kids that don't seem to be responding to teaching. Some are better than others, the 5th grade team are wizards, and are able to get more out of my son than any other teacher ever has. I think they are all great.
The homework has seemed like a lot sometimes, but as he's gotten older the amount of work he gets done in class has gone up. I'm not sure if he's focusing more, or if something else is happening, but he's had less homework in the higher grades than he had in the upper elementary.
Imagine Firestone uses the Imagine Shared Values (from their management company, Imagine Schools) of Integrity, Justice, and Fun. Integrity teaches just that - honor your word, be true to who you are all the time, not just for show, etc. Justice teaches the kids that fair is not always equal - someone might need more help than someone else, and that's ok. Fun is the decision-making they teach the kids - how to get advice from experts, consider that advice, and make a decision on something meaningful. The school also has a great character education program - they won an award from one of them recently (not sure which one, sorry!).
My son has been at Imagine since it opened in 2008, and has had a mostly excellent experience there. I say mostly because no school is perfect, and he has had some teachers he didn't connect with, some kids he didn't care for, etc. To me, this is preparation for real life, in which he's going to have to know how to deal with imperfect situations. The staff has been very supportive of him, and pushed him academically when they knew he needed to be pushed, but also let him slow down if that was what he needed. Do I agree with everything they do? No, but I'm sure I would do things that other people don't like if I was in the school's position - education over 600 kids from different backgrounds, expectations, etc. I think they do a pretty good job handling all of that and keeping most of the people happy most of the time. That's all I can ask.