Those that question "where the money goes" need to take a good look at the schools financials, which are available to the public. That will answer all your questions and explain the constant fundraising that goes on. There's been a lot of media coverage of Imagine Schools over the last several years in Tampa area and across the country. Read it! After two years at this school and researching, we left the school and are SO happy we did. Once we had a public school to compare to, we had no idea what we were missing. I urge anyone that is considering this school to do your research first - read the financials. It will explain why the school is so lacking in so many areas. I would never recommend to anyone.
My children have been in this school since kindergarten. I think the focus on academics has improved greatly over the last 3 years. This school has teachers who know their stuff and they communicate with me about where my children are in their learning, and where they should be. That is very important to me!
I truly believe in ISL! I have been actively involved in many activities and volunteering and have had the pleasure to interact with countless staff members. My child is in her 5th year with them and we are truly blessed by it. Every school encounters bullying. That's ridiculous to blame administration for a global problem that unfortunately will never go away. Teach your children confidence and how to ignore them. You can't show me a single school in the world let alone Clermont that doesn't have this issue. Also, I have never seen or heard of there being a rodent problem. Rumors are very tasteless. Lastly, I would like to point out that the office staff has made me feel at home on countless occasions. Ms. Nicole always has a smile and even knows my daughter by name. Everyone brings something different to the table, maybe next time we can all be professional and not degrade anyone for being imperfect. We are IMAGINE!
I am torn. Some people love it and a lot of people say it's a dump. All I can say is that we did not love it or our experience. I had high hopes because of the charter affiliation, but soon realized it was just another annoying fundraising school. Where does all the money go? Not back into the school for new computers or extra activities. The poor leadership and lack of focus on the kids really does make this a C school. To each her own though.
Never again! This in my opinion is probably one of the worst schools in Lake County, the restrooms are disgusting, the dead rodents are out of control I wouldn't recommend this school to ANYONE it's pathetic we left and our children are happier and thriving lol@ the person who claimed it's only 2 parents be honest so people don't waste their time!
We have been at this school for several years. It's not perfect but no school is. Most of the teachers are nice and really do love the kids I think When my son ran from his classroom one morning they immediately caught him and calmed him down and called me to let me know what was goin on. It is a little unorganized in a couple ways but you take the bad with some good. The only problem I would personally have is that there are a couple of families who live outside of Lake County. I don't like my tax money funding this. Yes, there is a strange smell there sometimes. The board has addressed it. There are some problems with there septic systems and maybe some dead rodents, but this is Florida and they're is a lot of construction in that Hartwood area. If you like the school then stay. If you don't like it then you can go.
My grandchildren have been at this school for 5 years. I volunteer frequently as my son and his wife work full time. I have never seen a rodent on the campus dead or alive. The ladies in the office have never been anything but kind to me and to my grandchildren. In fact, they know them by name! I had the opportunity to meet the new principal and I think she is delightful. I think it is a shame that the school received a C but I don't put much stock into that since it is based on a ridiculous standardized test and neither of my grandchildren test well. It is unfortunate that so many people have chosen to use this page to air their grievances rather than sit down with the administration and try to find solutions to these "problems". I would certainly recommend this school.
I don't believe anything I read unless it's been proven. I had my oldest son in kindergarten at Imagine South Lake Charter. I gave them the benefit of the doubt all year. Even though I had heard negative feedback from other parents, I wanted to see for myself. I was not totally impressed. He had an okay teacher. But, the school was not cared for like other schools are. It's dingy and dark. The cafeteria which also serves as a gym is gross. There is no library. Well, I think it was on wheels like prison libraries. The PTO consists of a bunch of want to be bigshots. I attended one meeting and had enough of that silliness. The principal was noncaring and dismissive of legitimate parental concerns. The buses are always breaking down so that parents have to scramble to find transportation for their kids at the last minute. But the final straw was that C score. The proof is in the pudding. To the person who thinks two people are writing this, I would say how? You would have to have 100 email addresses as this site does not allow multiple posts from one email. A lot of parents left the school. My son loves Lost Lake. He is a different child.
As a mom who recently moved to town and didn't know any better, I put my kids here and am not impressed. I have heard many negative things in this town about the school. I agree with the reviews of uncleanliness. We put our children in a public school closer to home and it is spotless. Plus, it does have a library and a real cafeteria. After reading the below average test scores on IMagine and looking at their extracurricular activies (very few), I wanted my boys at a place where they would thrive.
Good evening parents, We found out today that our strobe light and safety arm for the Starfish bus #4 is broken. We need to get the part from Tampa on The second week of school.....junk old buses. Unreliable. This came from their page. Monday. We regret to inform you that the Starfish bus will be out of service on Monday but we are hopeful it will be back up and running on Tuesday. We will update you as soon as we know more. As always, we will offer free morning and after care to any family who wishes to utilize it. Thank you for your patience.
My kids have been at this school for a year. So far I have been very satisfied. The teachers are always in contact with the parents. The teachers work with me to help my kids progress and do their best. I have never had a problem with the office staff. And trust me I am at the school almost every day doing volunteer work. My kids love their school and that says a lot. Maybe the grade went down, but let's see how the new principal will make it better.
I can't say enough about the teachers at this school. They really care about my children and are always available if I need to speak to them. I have watched the leadership go down with the old administration. I am hoping with the new leadership they will get things a bit more organized. I remember when this was an "A" rated school and was very proud of that. I really wish the administration would do what needs to be done to get that rating back up. I think bullying is an issue in every school these days. It should be talked about and there should be an anti bullying policy put in place. I think this school needs to crack down on the kids with poor behavior and get this school in line. Some of the teachers and administration can look a bit sloppy at times. I am hoping Mrs. Fornes can get this school back on track. As parents we need to stand together to make this school what it used to be and demand changes!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!! :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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