I don't know where all these negative reviews are coming from. Yes there are certain areas that need some work...library, technology, etc. And that is where the fundraisers come in. I think the fundraisers are a lot of fun and brings everyone together to help better our school. The boosterthon was a blast and we're looking forward to the Carnival this Saturday. My daughter is in kindergarden and I have been very happy with everything. She is thriving at this school. Teachers and staff are always happy and smiling. The principal is very involved in all the activities. We live in Groveland and I don't mind the 30 minute drive to school and back 2x a day because this is such a great school and we are so blessed that she got in. Our 1 yr old daughter will be going here also when it's time - it's an AWESOME school and I love how much parents and teachers/staff come together for our kids. It definitely has a family feel to it. I'm also very involved in my daughter's classroom so maybe these other parents with the negative comments need to become more involved to feel like this school is family. My daughter loves this school and so do we! :-D
ISL is not what you think it is. Have you been in the classrooms and bathrooms and the gym/lunchroom?! I agree with all of the other one stars! It's not only a filthy school, it has no resources, terrible leadership and administration and lack of funding. The sad part is that so many families with "problem children" send their child there thinking that they're going to get help or special attention. That is the furthest thing from the truth. The truth is that the public school system has the funding and resources for your child with any type of need whether it be emotional, educational or socially. The teachers and staff at ISL do not have the background, funding, support or systems in place to handle all of the students there. The schools lacks cleanliness, technology, library, gymnasium, proper playground area, good electives, etc. The middle school students should not be on the same campus as elementary students, for so many reasons!! The character education is all a charade. Lastly, there is NO accountability there for teachers or staff. BE AWARE!!
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!
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!!
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