It is unfortunate that 2 parents who no longer attend this school have made it their mission to flood this site with negative posts. If you are looking for a school, ask for a tour of ISL. I took one, and it helped me see what this school is really all about!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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