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Imagine Schools At South Lake

Charter | K-8 | 1012 students

Our school is known for our character education program.

 
 
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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 20 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted today

We have had a difficult time at this school over the last couple of years. Bullying, and outright lying from the administration were the norm. We are now back at our zoned school and couldn't be happier. Try for the area magnet school or just accept your local elementary school. Avoid this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted today

Please, take it from a very experienced parent. This school will never change. All the negative reviews below are spot on. What was once considered a "choice" school is now worse than any public school in Florida. It's unclean, unorganized and unfriendly. The office staff is surly and lazy. The Board recently fired the principal and an interim one has stepped in to clean up her mess which will take YEARS. The overall feel of the school is negative. Sure, like any other place, you will find good, hard working people, but the good teachers, the really good ones don't last here. You don't go from an A to a C school for no reason. There are many factors. A wait list used to be in place, now it's a free for all. If a child is kicked out of another school for degenerate behavior, they will likely end up at Imagine. Do yourself and your family a favor and ask around town about Imagine South Lake. Talk to people before you make the choice to place your kid into a school where fundraising is the top priority. A meeting was held to ask parents to come to this site and talk up the school. If your reputation is superior, you don't need to beg people to repair it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Saturday, August 23, 2014

My children have attended this school for 6 years. The school has certainly gone through some ups and downs. However, the one thing that had never changed is the way my children are treated. Every teacher they've had there has treated them as individuals not as a name on a roster. I am more than pleased with the new principal. She seems as though she fit right in! I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a family atmosphere and teachers and staff who care about every single student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

One needs to wonder why all these 4 and 5 stars are being posted by Parents all of sudden? Look over the past few years and you will see how many teachers are no longer working at this school. The Imagine company runs this school make no doubt about it. They do it for a profit not for our kids. Go to the classrooms and look around. The school wants parents to buy most of the items. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

Very excited to start this new year! My daughter's 1st grade teacher is wonderful! We love this school, staff, teachers :) Definitely has a family feel to it! Parents are included in everything (if we want to be) and I'm sure these parents posting negatives reviews are the type of parents who don't like to volunteer and be a part of. They like to complain and quite frankly our school is better off without them. This is a great school and our daughter has been thriving since she started here last year for Kindergarten. As an Imagine FAMILY we will bring our school from a C back up to an A!!! WE ARE IMAGINE!!!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

I have two children in this school. I am very pleased with the teachers we have had over the years. My children feel welcomed and love going to school. As a parent, I feel VERY welcome. I am not a "helicopter parent", but I do enjoy walking my children to their class, as long as they are comfortable with it. There will come a day when they do not want me to walk them, I will stop at that point. I love that I can take them to class, visit when it is convenient for me and help out in MANY different ways. I do wish the middle school had more extracurricular activities...hopefully the selection will grow soon. Love this school and recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2014

This school was based around the idea of family and community. Through thick and thin, most families and communities stand by each other and support each other. They persevere and they get through the other side stronger than ever. I am a proud parent at Imagine South Lake and I know the staff and teachers are some of the hardest working I've ever seen. To those who were unable to take the heat, the door to the kitchen is open and we hope it hits you on the way out! To anyone looking to this site to get info, know that ISL is an amazing school and community. To those who bash it, find something better to do than go on a site and spit your negativity. We are Imagine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

I have been a parent at this school since the day the doors opened. I love our school! The dedication from the teachers and staff is amazing. I could tell you not to listen to the negative post on this site. I could list all the amazing and positives that this school has to offer, but I truly believe the best way for you to decide if this school is for right for your student is to come visit the school. See for yourself all the wonderful and caring teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2014

I have 3 students in this school - 2 in middle school and 1 in elementary. My children are known by the staff of this school and cared for. I think that the parents who read the reviews on Great Schools should know that the new school leadership knows what they are doing. This school has EXCELLENT teachers who are very dedicated and knowledgeable. I would choose Imagine South Lake every day as my school of choice in Lake County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2014

As a parent of two students at Imagine South Lake, I am very satisfied with the education my children have received here thus far. They have a love of learning that their teachers have helped them gain and they actually enjoy going to school to learn. I am hopeful that the new administration will help bring the school's scores back up to where they once were. Compared to our zoned school, ISL is a much better choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2014

I used to advocate this school to everyone I met looking for a great learning experience. At one time it was just fabulous! I'm getting my hopes up as new administration will be hired very soon. The principal was asked to resign.... hoping they'll hire someone from within..who already knows our delimma and brings back our sense of family at ISL.


Posted July 25, 2014

Both of my kids have been here since Kindergarten and are doing very well. The staff is wonderful and very caring. Lots of parental involvement and the Uniform policy is great for the kids. Please do not listen to all of the negative feedback!!! This is a wonderful learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2014

Definitely not a good choice when it comes to a clean, and fun learning environment, I agree with the previous parent, who stated that due to poor leadership the school has dropped to a C school it's sad. Choose a school where education is the main priority, and save yourself a headache.
—Submitted by a parent


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 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

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.


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.

About these ratings

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 66% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


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)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Theory

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Jennifer Fornes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (352) 243-2967

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Lottery system for bus seats
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
East Ridge High School
Lake Minneola High School
South Lake High School
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2750 Hartwood Marsh Road
Clermont, FL 34711
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Phone: (352) 243-2960

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