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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Terrible school. My son was an A/B student before this school. And now since he has come here he has had his first F. I went to talk with the teachers and they honestly where awful. The school overall is cheap and I do not recommend placing your child in this school. The teachers threaten them for them to do their work and my son hates it. They don't even have a gymnasium and just use the cafeteria. And they make signing my son up for the bus a hastle. And the food, They have a mice problem and flies everywhere. Absoloutley disgusting.
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.
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.
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.
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
Imagine Schools at South Lake is the most wonderful school I have ever taught at. We have such great teamwork and I truly love the way everyone has a say in how our school operates. I spend so much time there, not even thinking sometimes about looking at the clock. Even under new administrative leadership, the transition has been smooth, and it still feels like a family atmosphere. If you live in Lake County, this is the school you want your children to go to. It's one of a kind!!
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.
We are a new family to the state and my son was a new kindergarten student to school and we could have not asked for a better setting, structure and school. My son loved attendng school and I loved being part of the family of Imagine South Lake. Keep up the good work.
The teachers are wonderful, my kids are all happy, they are also A students, we love the principle too. I wouldn't change a thing.
My son loves this school! I love everything about this school. It's small, student and parent oriented and just all around great!
Great school, great teachers, small family oriented, my kids are happy, learning and getting good grades, what else can I say?
Every once in a while a group comes together that has that 'x' factor and we at SLC are lucky to have it. It's easy to see why SLC has climbed from a C to an A school The principal is a one-of-a-kind motivator and the instructors brilliantly combine teaching techniques with their life experiences making learning fun and effective. What a great school!!
My son has been at the school for 5 years. He loves the teachers and the many friends he has made over the years. I love that they have an open policy; I can visit any day or time, the teachers and staff are always friendly and welcoming. I tahas been a very positive experience for my child and that is priceless.
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