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K-9
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North Port, FL

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1000 Innovation Avenue
North Port, FL 34289

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(941) 426-2050
(941) 423-8252
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August 31, 2014
My daughter moved to this school from another where she just wasn't thriving. The other school wasn't bad (my other children attended with no problems) it just was not a fit for her. We loved Imagine from day one. After touring the school she made the decision to not wait until the beginning of the next school year to start, and wanted to move mid year. She had no trouble transitioning, and they all made her feel welcome. She is receiving a great education there, and the staff are always attentive, they answer emails promptly, and they are just all around helpful. She is on honor roll every quarter and quite often gets straight A's. She loves school now. I have never regretted changing to Imagine.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
I do not like this school. If I could rate it a zero I would but unfortuantely I can't. I transferred to Imagine my sophomore year of high school from North Port High, If I could go back to NPHS I would in a heartbeat. The new principle at this school turned the school upside down. Everyone that went to the school my sophomore year left because they can't stand the school. I'm a senior now and the school is STILL falling apart. Not to mention the new teachers are terrible except for 2. This school is really bad I'm sorry.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2014
GREAT SCHOOL. I have 2 children attending and this school displays a wonderful learning environment. The teachers collaborate, the principal is energetic and caring of each student, and the students are held at a high standard of behavior which makes learning easier for all. Whether your child is advanced or needs extra help, they have curriculum in place for each type of learner. So happy to have a solid education choice in this area!! Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
I've had children in 8 different schools over the past 16 years, and Imagine North Port is the best of all of them! No school is or can be perfect, but this is the only school I've seen that teaches children at their own individual level, not just a standard grade level...and for this they get my 5 stars. My 8th grader has been put into advanced classes here, and was ignored at other schools. My 2nd grader has been given advanced reading, but extra help in handwriting. PRAISE PRAISE the teachers and principals...the students are there to learn, and Imagine North Port gives them every opportunity for that! They serve healthy lunches. There are oodles of after-school clubs and sports for the middle and high school. My kids don't like to wear uniforms which unfortunately they require. Bussing needs improvement as they only have 4 busses. I have to drive my kids to school as no morning bus comes, but I still really like this school so I do it. They do offer before and after care which is nice. They are cutting choir next year, which is very disappointing. But as no school is or can be perfect...Imagine North Port is the closest I've seen a school come to perfection yet!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
If I could write a review and give a "zero" star status I would. The administration at this school is a joke. Since the new principle this school seems to be falling apart. There is NO follow through for ANYTHING here. Science projects were due before winter break in DECEMBER, and here it is the middle of FEBRUARY and the students JUST received their display boards. What message is this sending to the kids? New students to this school year STILL have yet to recieve any new student paperwork/handbooks after multiple inquiries to teachers and administration. They NEVER answer their phone when a call comes in and any time my child has been absent after calling and sending in a note it is still marked unexcused. Dozens and dozens of phone calls have been made to make administration aware of issues with only repetitive responses that the concerns are being addressed, but they NEVER are. A kindergarden student was left at the wrong bus stop earlier in the year and NOTHING happened as a result...no disciplinary action to the driver and no policy change. Did that student need to have something tragic happen to make someone notice?? Again, admin is a joke, the school is horrible.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
NOT impressed anymore! I did have high hopes for this schools ability to provide an excellent education for my child. I volunteer and I am a constant presence in this school. I speak with the teachers and let them know my child's strengths/weakness'es. They are also aware that I am a hands on parent. I have been in more than one conference regarding grades, homework, class work, etc. They know that I want to be aware of any potential learning issues prior to the progress report and certainly the report card. I witness lots of "free" time or free for all, in the class rooms. Plus hours of homework daily. The teachers are getting their lessons from random internet sites and it looks like each teacher is on his/ her own with this? Class rooms and public spaces are always filthy. Lice is a constant issue. Needless to say, I am over it ....upset today! 2nd term report cards out and again, I am ambushed with my child's grades. Very worried that my child is falling between the cracks! Mine is quiet, not a trouble maker, not a bossy or out spoken child so my fear is coming true! Classes too crowded, new & inexperienced teachers not in control, and-We will be leaving for a new 3rd grade!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
Would give zero stars if possible. Leadership is not the same as it was . My children do follow the rules and do homework; however the environment is much different than it used to be. My children will not be attending after this year.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
Nothing but good things to say about this school they really take the time to work with the students and the students excel. From what I have seen its a very safe environment with very little if any bullying. The teachers really care and work with the students. I think the few negative reviews are made by students who don't want to do homework and obey the rules or from ones from another school in order to lower Imagine's high ratings.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
When a school gets bad reviews from a parent that cannot spell the word "upper", you know the complaint is of no consequence. I am very happy with the new principals! Some kids have left, but that is because they can't misbehave, and dress out of uniform, etc. The new administration is tougher- and I am happy with that. The school is training these kids for the real world. I volunteer at both the elementary and upper campus- instead of complaining, maybe help out.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
Horrible school . I was very unhappy with my daughter going there . she was there since the fifth grade and once the new principal came she was getting Ds and Fs .

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Imagine is the worst school I've ever been to. They give way too much homework, The teachers cant even control their class.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2013
I love this school. Best school I have ever been to. Teachers are always trying to help. My family travels from Port Charlotte to take me to the school. We Love Imagine Charter School.

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2013
I'd prefer not to say when I attended Imagine but it was a terrible experience for me! I was bullied constantly and I complained NUMEROUS times to the principal and guidance, but did anything happen? No, I was stuck in a hallway and was not able to leave till me and one of my tormentors made up! Did they get the others that bullied me? NO, in fact they said that I made it all up! The staff doesn't care their students! They only care about what makes them look good! I would give this school zero stars if I could!

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2013
Imagine School at North Port, now Sarasota Preparatory School, ranked 68% in the state for middle school FCAT scores. In January of last year, the Florida Dept. of Education reported Imagine School North Port ranked highest for combined elementary/middle schools. They are unique in that they are a combined school. They have earned an A rating for the past 3 years. And children's behavior is a reflection of their parents, not the school. The school only has to deal with them! Until this country makes it a priority to put metal detectors at every school, we have to rely on either psychic powers or a responsible student reporting hidden weapons. My children have a reasonable amount of homework almost daily. I dropped my children off at the elementary school and middle school this morning and there wasn't a single police officer in sight. No media circus - just a regular drop off, like any other day. And as far as the board - that is how boards work. They did their due diligence and made the best decision for our school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
My daughter is a 4th grader and she would be a 3rd grader again this year if she was in any other school. The principal of this school knew she had a reading problem right after 3rd started so she went to a reading camp after school he set up for kids like her so they would have a better chance to passing that awful FCAT in the 3rd grade. She got better and better and was able to go to the 4th grade. I love this school we were the first Kindergarden class this school and we will be there until 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2011
I used to. Go to this school for 4th and 5th grade since the day it opened . I really miss my friends because for 6th grade I went to palmer ranch, which sucked by the way. I'm in 7th now. when I WAS there the school was great. The playground was huge, I got used to three teachers, qnd the old janitor was nice. My writing teacher, who is now the middle school pe teacher, Mr. Alvarez, really helped me become more of an outgoing person . I have no idea.what the middle schools like. Anyway , if I could go back here ( even though I live in georgia, moving to TN,) I totally would.

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2011
I've been dealing with schools for the last 16 years. Between my 4 kids, we've run the gamut of schools. Public, private, homeschool & now our adventure at a charter school for my youngest two kids. I honestly can say that I'm about as happy as I have ever been with state funded education. My 3rd grader isn't pounding homework every night. He is learning independent learning skills. He is guided with his academics and not force fed standardized testing information. The style of teaching here is not like any public education we've experienced. He comes home everyday with new knowledge and shares that with us. I don't think this school would be for every family as its way of teaching is very different from traditional public schools. If you can't step outside the box academically, in a world where our public education is failing daily, this isn't the school for the parents. The staff seems to really care about the individual student, their emotional growth and their academic well being. My son isn't "stuck" relearning the same thing week after week, but is allowed to move on and learn at his own pace.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
We love this school. the teachers were extremely professional and the communication is beyond wonderful and way more than i had ever expected it to be. The school does not focus all efforts on FCAT stuff during the school day like most schools in FL. They teach our children during the school day what they need to learn and then if the child needs extra help they get it after school with free tutoring from a great staff of teachers!! I am so amazed at everything we have seen so far at Imagine North Port. they are ranked one of the best schools in our county and I am not surprised. We sent our kids to private school sthat we paid thousands of dollars every year to send them too and after 4 byears we realized taht our kids were not learning anything. They were honor studenst at the private school and we are not even sure why. When they started at Imagine they were tested and my daughter has trouble in reading and when at the private school she was told she was a genious. She is now getting the help she needs and is doing much better. we are so happy that we took the kids otu of the private school and into Imagine. Our kids are catching up and having a great time as well. A+++

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
My daughters grades in math were not doing so well. She was offered (not mandatory) an after school camp run by teachers, one day a week for free! Math teachers took extra time with all those in her grade level that needed more help. Her grades improved the next quarter and she began understanding the concepts she was struggling with. Thanks Imagine for the extra effort you put into my child. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
At first I thought this was the best school for my child. I've heard the motto "doing what's best for kids" thrown around and really thought, yes they do what is best for kids. Slowly I realized that from most teachers it is "do what's best to make myself look good".

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
They promote that they don't "teach the test" Well, my child brought home practice sheet after practice sheet of old FCAT tests & copied pages from workbooks weeks leading up to the test. Not only that but my child was asked to attend weeks worth of after school FCAT prep. I didn't mind, but if they'd focus on the standards appropriately in the classroom they would avoid cramming all this information into my child at the last minute, then pressuring them into an after school camp of more FCAT worksheets. FCAT is very much a part of this school, even more so than the local public schools, which is where my daughter will be next year. This is not the place for her. If you read legislation--charter schools are not held to the same high standards to that of the public school. They get more funding, but really spend that to make themselves look good & on copies of FCAT worksheets.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
I love, love, love this school! I could never say enough good things about it. I'm very happy that my daughter has attended this school since the year they opened!!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
Most unprofessional staff I have ever encountered. My middle school student's education is comprised of the "more work" theory. The advanced program is a joke because all the classes do the same work, except they expect them to do more. Some of the teachers teach as if they are a college professor and all they do is give notes and make my child memorize a bunch of random facts. My child does much better in the local public schools where the work load is realistic for a middle schooler & they learn by doing--not copying facts down.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
I believe Imagine is an excellent school. My son began in the 6th grade when the school opened. My son has an IEP and though I have had to advocate for him at times, I have found the teaching staff and administration to be open and responsive to his needs. He has had several teachers over the last three years that I believe would meet criteria for teacher of the year on a national level. Fabulous, excited, great teachers with passion for the kids and the subject matter and creative, contemporary teaching methods- I love it!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
we put my daughter in imagine for the 7th.The teacher are always yelling.MY daughter was getting straight A's now she is getting d's and F's.We will be home schooling her asap.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
My son is about to start his second year at Imagine this Fall and begin first grade. We totally LOVE Imagine School. It his the absolute best learning environment for our child. The cluster teaching is outstanding and we love the constant line of communication between his teachers. I love that it's a small school and I feel he's not just a number but an individual who is truly cared about. I am excited for what lies ahead for my first grader this year! :)

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2010
I just graduated college in Spring 2009 from University of South Florida. In order to graduate with an Elementary Education degree, USF requires you to participate in 3 internships. In my classes at the university we learned all of the best ways to teach today's children; however, in my internships I was not able to integrate this into the classroom because the schools were so focused on the FCAT. This year (2009-2010) was my first year teaching anywhere, and I can honestly say that I would never want to teach anywhere else. The teachers are able to use all of the well-known best practices with our kids, and truly teach the way each individual student learns. The children are not required to sit down and listen to the teacher teach all day as in a normal traditional classroom, which takes care of a lot of behavior issues.

- submitted by a teacher
June 28, 2010
I pulled my two children out of Cranberry and enrolled them into Imagine. Within a couple weeks I saw such a huge difference in them. They were eager to go to school, their attitude about school improved and they could not wait to go to school. No more unhappy faces. I had no trouble with communications with the teachers. Every email I would send was answered within a couple hours. The teachers would make sure that all the students understood the material that was being taught and would go the extra step to besure that they did. With the online link I knew what my children were doing and their grades at all times. Children all learn differently, for my kids this is the right school. I could not be happier or my children. They love their school.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2010
I agree with other parents, Imagine school of North Port is not for everyone, BUT if you are looking for a school that geniunely cares about its kids in everyway then ISNP if for you. I transferred my children from Cranberry as soon as the school opened and i was fortunate to get in. Now there are dozens of people on waitlists. My son was always an A+ Honor student and has maintained those grades and is now going to attend the the New Imagine Middle School in Aug. My daughter struggled at cranberry she was bored with the lessons, Here at Imagine she can work at her own pace and brought her grades up to A's. The principal Mr Matthews is the nicest and easiest principle to talk to. THat is why he deserved winning PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR. Private school feel w/o the Cost definately.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2010
I have two students enrolled at Imagine and couldn't be happier with their progress and the support of the teachers. They are always available to discuss my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
I am a SAHM, who is very involved in my children's education.I home-schooled my kids for 6 years and felt that a good charter school would be an excellent option to public schools.However, when I placed my children in this school I was expecting large communications with the teachers (especially since they require volunteer time weekly from the parents) friendly staff, and exceptional readiness to help each individual student thrive academically and boost self confidence. Within a few months I found that a few teachers show favoritism among students. Communication is lacking, and any concerns I brought up went ignored. I removed my children from the school, and they will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2010
pulled my son from toledo blade and enrolled him into Imagine school where he stayed for almost 2 school years. He went from A+ student to B,C, and F's in a matter of a few months. Even started to have behavior issues. We just have had enough with that school and put him in Atwater elementary school and he loves it! Imagine is definitely not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
the school makes it so easy to get a hold of them, I have never had that before. You can see online what assignments they have and scores, etc

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July 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
I have been very happy with Imagine. My daughter has attended various private, public, and charter schools since she was 3, and we have been very fortunate that with our frequent business related moves, she has been able to attend great schools every time, and Imagine is no exception. The clustered learning environment has been excellent, and it has really brought out a leadership quality in her that we never realized that she had. She has been earning all A's and B's this year, and I use the word Earning because her teachers all make sure that every grade is earned and well deserved. The school uses teacherease.com to provide outstanding up-to-date communication for every project in every class with every teacher, so we have (basically) a progress report every day or week just by logging on to the website and the teacher is just an e-mail away anytime.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
I find Imagine School to be the best in the north port area , my grandson has attended a few of them due do moving, his fav was Glenallen but being the Guardian I choose Imagine, THEY ARE TRUE TO WHAT THEY BELIVE IN FOR OUR CHILDREN, although no school is perfect, they are teachers , you are the parent. Mr. Matthews is a asset to our childrens education and I stand behind his beliefs, Thank you the Imagine Staff for helping my grandson and not not just passing him thru with failing grades, but making the time & effort to spend with him. Mrs. Cooney

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
I am writing to help parents that might be interested in this school make the right choice for their child. Imagine School as many wonderful positives. They offer clubs, character rewards, smaller school feeling. However, I don't think this school is for every child. If your child is more self motivated, works well staying focused, on task, your child may do very well. I feel with some of the teachers, there is too much freedom and not enough guidance or structure. I think with any first year school, for everyone, it can be overwhelming. When considering this school, think about what type of child you have. Also, My children had no homework, I thought that would be great but, found a small amount weekly would have been nice to see what they were working on. I will say, my children do love this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
We switched my child to this school right before the 3rd quarter.We even moved from Venice to NP so we could be closer.He went from a straight A honor student his entire life, to C's and D's in just a matter of 2 months!(1st grade) Countless contact with the guidance counselor and cluster teachers has gone unanswered.My only reply was one that was defensive and unprofessional and supplied no help.Very little if any parent/teacher communication.Layout and parent pick up is a mess.I'm a very involved parent and I found this school very disappointing.We'll be returning to his old school next year.And it's definitely worth the 30 min. trip back to Venice.If you don't have any major issues regarding your child for the entire time they are there you may not have a problem, but if you do, don't expect any help or communication. I plan on filing a formal complaint.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2009
I have 2 children who attend here. We were told not to expect much homework but they do come home with a lot of homework regularly and and not to mention a huge sciencefair project. It is quite a large packet and ask a lot of the kids. I do the the idea of a uniform, but come on we shouldn't be forced to purchase 15.00 per shirt when really the shirts could be purchased at walmart or target for $ 5-$8.00. The people putting the madatory school desired logos are only making those people income when some of us can't find work these days. Ohterwise there are some kids who claim one day to be friends with your child and then they cause issues and put the blame on others for what ever reason...

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
I can not say enough great things about this school. My childs teachers are wonderful and I could not ask for more. My child is happy, learning and excited about school. It is easy to communicate with teachers and staff, the opportunities to volunteer and get involved are endless. We have been very happy at Imagine and look forward to all the wonderful things they have planned for the future of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2009
I decided to give this school a try because I was unhappy at Toledo Blade and I am SO happy that I did. It is very easy to communicate with the teachers and the security is fantastic. Homework is minimal but just enough. I especially like the way the students can work at their own pace. Not too fast or slow. Each child gets the time they need. Wonderful school!

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Imagine School At North Port
1000 Innovation Avenue, North Port, FL  34289
(941) 426-2050
Last modified Imagine School At North Port is a Charter school that serves grades K-9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Imagine School At North Port Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top