This is the second year my kids have attended Imagine and I am pleased overall with the school. There are some really great teachers who go above and beyond...and there are a few who do the minimum. I stayed involved in their classes last year feel they had a great experience and this year has started off even better. When they finally are able to weed through a few of the "less-than" teachers, this school has amazing potential! The principle is wonderful, so involved, and present on the school property before/during/after school! The front office staff is great as well and I really feel most of the teachers truly care about the childrens' success. I have been blessed with two years of great teachers and am excited to see them grow at this school. I have & would recommend others to this school!
I am completely displeased with the middle school teachers at. Bad attitude, bad teaching techniques, bad everything. In the last month of school, all of the middle school teachers decide to cram all of their projects in. They could've been a lot less stressful if they were spread throughout the year. I do not suggest this school to any middle schooler. The elementary area is very nice, however.
I have been a parent at this school for several years. The biggest change I see is that the new administration is tougher on the students. Not in a bad way. I had no problem with the former admin but this admin is making the students accountable and I see a bigger change in the students. The front desk is great as always, teachers do a great job, sports program has come of age. I would highly recommend this school to anyone if you are lucky enough to find a opening
A terrific new principal with caring and involved teachers. My daughter has blossomed there and I look forward to continued growth and success!
There is a big difference between a Masters degree in a subject area like English or Spanish and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership where you focus only on studying and becoming proficient in instructional leadership and how to be a principal. Check out the new administrators credentials carefully. Learning "on the job" like the last principal did was not good for the learning community at Imagine. That is where the for profit provider, the Imagine Corporation, drops the ball. All I can say is, buyer beware when it comes to charter schools, and this one in particular.
I could not be happier with the new administration. The school is definitely headed in the right direction. The new school leader is wonderful. She really cares about the kids and how they are doing. Not sure where the other person had gotten their information from, but she does have a Master's degree. She also has taught English and Spanish. The teachers are excellent. I would recommend this school to others.
I attended Imagine School of Lakewood Ranch, and I must say It was one of the WORST schools I have ever been to. I feel as if I have not learned anything this past year ! I graduated rom that school, and SO many things were never punished . I was bullied BAD and the princibles never even punished them. I suggest that any parents who are reading this , you should choose a diferent school for your child,
I began working for Imagine School the first year it opened, but left at the end of the 2010/2011 school year.The program has so much potential, and this year with all the changes made to middle school and leadership roles, I believe it will make a comeback from last years problems! Go Sharks! I believe in you all!
This school is great I have there kids a son that in 5th grade and a daughter in 3rd they both love it. My other son went there last and now goes to BRHS we love this school Go Sharks!
ONE OF THE WORST SCHOOLS IN MANATEE COUNTY! IF I COULD GIVE THIS SCHOOL ZERO STARS I WOULD. THERE IS NO DISCIPLINE IN THIS SCHOOL AT ALL. THEY HAVE STUDENTS WHO BEAT UP TEACHERS AND BREAK THEIR FINGERS AND ALL THEY GET IS A 10 DAY SUSPENSION. THE ELEMENTARY GRADE TEACHERS ARE AWESOME BUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE AWFUL. TEACHERS ARE HAVING AFFAIRS AND MY CHILDREN ARE COMING HOME AND ASKING ME WHAT IS GOING ON. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE PRINCIPAL IS TOO YOUNG AND IS NOTHING BUT A JOKE. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL!!!
I can't say enough good things about this school. No school is perfect but this one has come close for us. We have attended the program since it opened 4 years ago and my 2 boys have received a quality, individualized education in a strong character building environment. They have been allowed to grow as individuals as well as develop a respect for others. The principle and staff have always listened to all concerns and suggestions with an open mind and a willingness to continually improve their program. We highly recommend this school.
My daughter entered the Praesto Academy as a 5th grader in August, 2011. Her teacher, Ms. DeSena was excellent. The school lacks a sense of focus and the Middle School children are out of control. We recently withdrew our daughter to home school her. Also, if you're volunteering at the school be aware of the poor insurance coverage. I slipped and injured my back and knee in the front lobby. The school refuses to cover my injuries in excess of $15,000. My back surgery will be in excess of $50k and my knee surgery will be $5-7K or more. I was dropping off ISLWR clothing at the time of the accident. The parent company is more interested in doing whats best for the school as the injured suffer. We were so pleased last fall, now we know why so many teachers, staff and students have left. I'll be shocked if the school lasts more than a few years unless there are major changes. I would avoid entering the facility at any cost. Stay in your car. Leaving Gene Witt was the worst mistake we've made as parents!!!!!!
My daughter has been going here for two years and loves it. Her teachers are great. She is learning a lot. I am happy that she keeps the same teachers and classmates for three years.
This school is great. I had two sons there and now have only one as the older one went on to high school. The kids at the school are the best buch of kids you can find in a school setting. The sports program is getting MUCH better and the quality of the education that you receive is second to none. I have known a few parents whose children have had a hard tiome at the school but thos e same kids hav ehad just as hard a time at the next school and the next school they went to. I would highly recomend this school to anyone
N.Y. RESIDENT COMING BACK FOR PRAESTO ACADEMY/ lakewood Ranch!! We moved to Sarasota this past Summer (2011) JUST to attend the "national recognized" Gifted school "PINEVIEW".. only to see that this "unhealthy,stressful, inhumane" school was definitely NOT what we were looking for; eventhough my child had no difficulty keeping up with the advanced work, and as a result we took our child out after only a few months. In addition, my husband and i definitely do not care about "status" - as we found out soooo many Sarasota parents do. We also met so many "real" parents that would never send their child to PINEVIEW GIFTED SCHOOL...for the same exact reasons as us. So, with that being said..... We cannot wait to start the PRAESTO ACADEMY @ IMAGINE SCHOOL IN LAKE WOOD RANCH, FLORIDA!! Yes, were coming back with "bells on"! Allison McCrann - Long Island/NY
I cant say enough great things about this school. The project child style has helped my one child. My other child has been in the Middle School since it started. The safe and smaller environment has helped him excel in so many areas. All my kids have a confidence that they would have not developed anywhere else. The focus on character is wonderful especially at the MS level. Every year they get better and better!
Imagine School of Lakewood Ranch has been an amazing experience for my daughter. She has been there for three years and has loved all of her teachers. The teacher will go out of there way to help out in any way possible. It is a different type of school than a regular public one, and it does require more involvement and commitment from both parents and students. The more involved you are with the school the more you will get. The quality of education provided at this school to my daughter is excellent. We could not have picked a better school for her.
It's like getting a private school education without having to pay for it! We transferred from an A school in the area, and were so happy to have a staff that actually listens to the parents. It is a different type of school than a regular public one, and it does require more involvement and commitment from both parents and students. But the more you put in, the more you get out. If you are a lazy or disinterested parent, don't come here because your child will not succeed. But if you are willing to step up and be involved in your child's education, Imagine offers opportunities you just can't find in public schools.
DO NOT send your children here if you care about their education! We sent our children here after being dissapointed with the other public options, but we soon pulled them out after realizing we made a HUGE mistake. 1 year too long! There is NO discipline school wide, the leader is too young and inexperienced to deal with middle schoolers. The teachers are under paid and over worked. The school is disgustingly dirty, my kids would have to wipe the table's off before eating. The cafeteria and classrooms are filthy! my kids were sick constantly after starting here. A good chunk of the staff quit before the beginning of the 11 - 12' school year. You know that is a bad sign! Their middle school electives are a joke, my child had TSA and the teacher let them wash windows during class!? Really? There are some great nice teachers there that are biding their time to get experience, but they are far and few between. Many teachers have NO classroom management skills and the good kids suffer from lack of control. I did meet some really nice people here that realized their mistake and pulled their kids out too. Please do your research before sending your child here!!!!
This school is not for everyone. Project Child is a different way of learning. It has worked wonderful for my energetic 9 year old son. He is allowed to use the lav without having to ask and the kids have recess! This school allows kids to be kids and teaches independence and responsibility (Unlike most public schools in this area). My son took the FCAT and did well. The teachers don't teach the FCAT in January-March like my daughter had to endure at Gullett Elementary. Although the teachers are young, we must remember that everyone must start somewhere. If you are not a parent who is involved at your child's school, this school is not for you either. Since the charter schools do not receive the same tax dollar amount per child as a regular public school, Imagine relies on parent involvement to keep costs down. It is a new, young school but has improvement much since it has opened.
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