The teachers seem overwhelmed. I never observed teachers going out of their way to help children, I only observed yelling and negative behavior from teachers towards children who did not learn with the norm.
The homework is not age appropriate. It seems like a lot of busy work, and the math is never really taught at school. It was always sent home in packet form and I was expected to teach it. Several times i had to google how to teach it to my daughters, because this school follows the common core.
I had my children at this school for a five years until I noticed that the school is not really run by the principal. It is in fact run by a small group of influential parents that basically tell the principal how THEY are going to do things. These parents are at the school every single day, micromanaging EVERY aspect of their childs life. They justify it by saying they are "volunteering" but they are hovering over their children. On several occasions, I observed these same said mothers administering reading tests and other graded activities in their own childs class room. I found this appalling seeing as how most of them are not even college educated. The same group of moms are continually room mom every single year and do not allow other parents to help at all. I was so disgusted by this behavior that it ruined any hope i had for the school. I feel as though they put too much emphasis on the state testing and not enough time on letting kids be kids. They are expected to do hours of homework each night and they are expected to act like adults and yelled at and nit picked even in younger grades. This school will break your heart. They put on a good show for prospective families with their "character" campaign. There are tons of bullies in this school and most of them are the entitled children of the parents who are running the show. This could be such an amazing school and an affordable option to private schools, unfortunately, it is being run by someone who is more concerned with being friends with moms and letting them steam roll over her. Do yourself a favor and skip this school all together.
I want so badly to love this school since we have been applying for charter schools for 4 years and finally got into one. However, I am not that impressed. The classes are smaller and I like that the learning is STEAM related. My child is miserable since starting this school. The children in her 4th grade class are snobby and mean. The children at her previous public school (in a poor area) were nicer. She has 2 bullies in her class and despite complaints, nothing is done to punish these bullies. In fact, one of the bullies is on student council despite her hateful nasty behavior. I was hoping the school would not tolerate this behavior considering they have a huge focus on the Character of their students. I hope things get better, but for now we are not very impressed. Our child felt better about herself at the D rated school she went to before.
The collaborative model of teaching that Imagine uses is outstanding. Teachers plan together with their grade-level and subject-level teams, and they also work together between grade levels when planning for student placements.