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.
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.
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.
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 .
Imagine is the worst school I've ever been to. They give way too much homework, The teachers cant even control their class.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+++
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.
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".
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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! :)
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