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Imagine Schools At South Lake

Charter | K-8 | 1012 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 25, 2014

Great school. Teachers care about your children. Great experience. Do not always believe everyone's comments. Nothing is perfect. yet I believe the school is better than all the other schools in town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

Before choosing this school do your research, you will find several reports of uncleanliness, very low test scores, and countless reports of bullying incidents which are often overlooked. Our family was also deceived by the few parents, and staff members who brag about how wonderful this school is, however it is simply not true. I would NOT recommend this school for any parent in search of a fun, safe, and clean learning environment. We are also on our way out, this school is in desperate need of leadership, and teachers that will put the children first, and gossiping, and keeping up with social media last. This used to be a great school but it is no longer that. If you receive a call informing you that they have a slot available it's probably because many parents want out!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

This is a really great option for elementary school for Clermont. The teachers that my children have had were all excellent. Great FCAT scores and I am pleased with their education. Could the school be cleaner? Yes. However, I do see the maintenance staff there. The level of cleanliness may have more to do with certain students being slobs than the school's lack of ability to clean it appropriately. Parental involvement is mandatory at ISL, and I like this. No matter how busy you are, there is always something that you can do to earn your required volunteer hours. I'm only giving ISL 4 stars because I feel that the middle school is not on par with the public schools as far as extracurricular activities and sports/clubs opportunities. It is basically just more of the elementary school in a different building, and I think the middle schoolers need and deserve more than that in order to be ready for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

I am no longer happy with my kids at Imagine South Lake Charter School. I feel they are not watched properly. I feel that the office staff is rude and unaccommodating. I feel like my concerns are always ignored, that the principal panders to parents who come in with a threatening manner. The academic reward system, well, it's non-existent. The school is unclean and the bathrooms covered in Bio-hazard waist. The classrooms are small. The playground, music program, library and technology all need sprucing up. They are archaic. The gym/lunchroom/auditorium is in need of a scouring. I would NOT recommend for anyone to bring their kids to the school. So many are on their way out. There is a reason for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

My children receive a great education at this school and the teachers care about them as individuals! I LOVE this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

The latest bullying incident that occurred at Imagine South Lake last week, that left one student with a seizure and emergency room visit, should clearly show that this school is lacking in proper management of the students and issues at hand. This incident was all over Ch.13 and Ch.6 news yet the principal has failed to notify the parents of this incident as well as the day to day problems that are occurring at this run down school. Without a guidance counselor and lack of leadership, this school is failing in every aspect. There is much more to this incident, yet we are not being told anything. The principal is in denial, while the school is struggling to keep it's doors open but they continue to try to cover up problems like this and hope that no one finds out. Just like the bullying incident and school grades, everything is online. Parents need to look at the old text books, lack of library and technology, old playground, dirty bathrooms, and extremely high turnover of teachers and students. This should all be enough of a wake up call. My children will attend a good, clean, reputable and well run public school next year that has everything this school doesn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

We are not being told the truth about the bullying incident. As usual, things are being ignored in hopes that parents will forget and this whole thing will magically disappear. So glad I'm removing my kids. I cannot wait to be rid of this monkey on my back school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

ISL has A LOT of areas they need to improve. This is our 3rd year at ISL. I think the problems start at the top. The principal is definitely NOT a people person. You can tell she struggles to communicate with the parents and students. The school is in great need of technology. They hardly have any clubs and lack a music/arts program entirely (no band or chorus). The small cafeteria is the only place for the gym for PE, sports home games, Book Fair, any assemblies, PTO meetings, open houses, etc. Certainly not enough space for 1,000+ students. The library for the whole school is 1/2 of a classroom. The children go to the "library" and have to hear a class going on at the same time. Last year, another student was having an issue with bullying and after numerous meetings requested by the parents, the prinicpal's response was to change his class. To my knowledge, they have never put an anti-bullying program together for the students. I agree that something should have been communicated to the parents about this latest incident. This would reduce the appearance that the school is trying to brush things under the rug.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

I am a former employee and was overworked and under paid. The classrooms are way too small for students and teachers to freely move around...the technology is archaic or nonexistent. And they are forced to spend astronomical rental fees for the leasing of the facilities. Administrators make plenty while the teachers were forced to take an 8% cut in pay. And over the last four years, they have only gotten approximately 6% back.What began as a family friendly choice for parents has become a joke. Send your children to a public school where all their needs are met. And they actually have textbooks and teachers' manuals to guide in teaching the New Florida Standards. It's a beautiful thing!!


Posted February 21, 2014

This school holds one fund raiser after another. Fridays are "dress down" days when students can chose to wear their own clothes if they pay $1 per item. School lunch is $2.95 as opposed to $1.90 at other LC elem schools. How can a school attract the best and brightest teachers while paying them less than LC school teachers ? Review of school audits (available to the public) finds high "management" fees, real estate leases, equipment fees, and not a lot left over for students, academic programs, teachers, technology - which may explain the near constant fund raising. Audits show thousands saved by not purchasing text books for students, funds saved by cutting student field trips and employee benefits - due to an increase in "management fees". I strongly recommend doing your research before considering this school.


Posted December 8, 2013

This school has gone WAY downover the past few years!! Good teachers have left for one reason or another. Funding is terrible, facility is poorly kept the library lacks any resources in fact it is only a few book shelves sharing a computer lab. Fair disipline is non-existent, certain "problem" students are allowed to run wild while other students are unfairly given over the top disiplne for minor issues by the administration. The principle fails to take parent concerns seriously and seems to think everything is just fine eventhough many parents have chosen to move their children to another school. I am considering moving my child as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

They actually do have a mice problem. Last year in seventh grade they dot in the class rooms. I can get proof if you'd like lol. Its an ok school though. Just low funding.


Posted September 10, 2013

We are in our second year in Imagine South Lake and have been very satisfied with the experience. We have had 2 excellent teachers who bring their own style to the classroom making the learning experience unique for all students . I would highly recommend Imagine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Excellent school!!! My son feels very safe there and he loves it. The teachers are great and very dedicated to the success of our children. There has never been any issues with mice so for the very angry person trying to damage the image of the school there are plenty more standing by it and helping instead of complaining
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

My children have been attending ISL for 5 years. I love the teachers and staff. They genuinely care about the students. To the person who said the bus sign up is a hassle, you must have gone through a different process than I did. I just filled out a form at Meet the Teacher night. The lottery that the school runs for the buses is a nice change from the "first come first served" way they used to handle things. My children finally got on the bus this year. In regards to mice, I have never seen any and my children haven't mentioned it either. Which leads me to believe the forwarded emails I saw this summer were the act of someone interested in stirring up trouble. I cannot say enough good things about this school. LOVE the new fence! LOVE the new sign in computer! So glad I CHOSE to put my kids at ISL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

Under previous administration, this particular location had a sense of community, and a feeling that they were in service to the children of said community. Sadly, I as a parent no longer feel that here. It seems they do not really know what they are doing, or just act that way, and do not accept responsibility. This trickles down to the good teachers, and affects the children quite negatively. The recent directive about volunteer hours shows how badly they have slipped under current administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

Imagine South Lake used to be a fantastic school under the leadership of the former principal. The new administration is useless and clueless. They do not know how to communicate effectively with students and I believe they resort to threatening tactics at times. The front office is atrocious and the staff is more interested in gossiping than parental concerns. If you are looking for a school that offers technology, high standards and quality teachers, this is not the school for you. Most of the teachers are ineffective and I doubt they could find employment in the public school system. It's also sad when teachers openly discriminate against students and dehumanize them in front of their peers. This school really needs an overhaul of administrators and teachers. It would be great if they had supplies and books.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

I am very happy with this school and all the teachers and staff there. My son has been at the school for two years, and I really have nothing but good things to say. My son is in first grade now, and I love knowing that he will be at the same school until he is in eighth grade. Hopefully, by then there will be a high school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

Very satisfied with SLI. Very responsive administration, great parent involvement, and my daughter is extremely happy there. Glad to find a place she can remain through Middle School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

Certain teachers cross personal boundaries that should not be crossed. Teachers should be held to a higher standard to ensure their relationship with the children is strictly professional! I understand you will form a band with children during a school year but that bond should still maintain a professional level not a personal level. Teachers try to get to involved in the personal lives of students and parents and basically put their noses where they dont belong. They openly express personal opinions when it is not their place to do so. They have no right to cross these lines and they leave their professionalism in question.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
40%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 60%
Hispanic 21%
Black 10%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Female 52%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 96%62%61%
Master's degree 4%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. MARY BRIGGS
Fax number
  • (352) 243-2967

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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2750 Hartwood Marsh Road
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