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PK-5
Public charter
Palmetto, FL
Students enrolled: 599
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9275 49th Avenue East
Palmetto, FL 34221

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(941) 723-1205
(941) 723-1207
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August 14, 2014
What can I say that previous posts haven't? Communication does not exist! Bus routes work sometimes, and when there is a change, you do not know until you are at the busstop wondering where the bus is. PTO meetings are a joke! I go to obtain hours, but they are more of a big fight or the president thinking she runs the show...which she is rude and does nothing! Just attend the meeting and you will see. We may or may not be returning next year; our area does not have many options, so it comes down to picking the lesser of two evils. Maybe they are trying to improve, but it wont be where it needs by the time my children are ready for highschool, which is at least 4 years away. They talk about how to bring in more families, when the ones they have don't matter.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
I stick with 3 stars, even though I thought it should be 2 instead. I still believe IMNM is improving, at slow pace. School and playground are quite clean, students seems to improve their manners during assembly ceremonies, teachers are willing to cooperate in helping my son find interest in learning. It seems there's improvement in bus services as there was no call informing about bus problem. But I'm not happy to have a chance to know that all the children got punished if there were any of them didn't behave during recess. All of them would be kept outside under Florida heat and sun during May for 1 minute per unruly child and none of the children had a hat. It's overwhelmed for the teachers with a bunch of kids but I hope there's other way but this kind of unfair and harsh punishment. I can't comment on lunch as my son brings his own. I believe teachers provide study materials but don't explain much and expect my son to learn it himself and we end up spending quite some time learning at home. My son will have to return next year because it's just convenient for us.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
HORRIBLE DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE ISNM. Teachers constantly yelling at students. Principle doesn't do ANYTHING ABOUT BULLYING. Parents BE AWARE AND SEND YOUR PRECIOUS child to ANOTHE SCHOOL. This school is always in need of school supplies but they send you out with a list that will cost you a lot of money. Lack of communication from staff to the parents.. PTO has now become a joke. HOT lunches are bused in (not a biggie).. but the hot lunch students get barely any food.. and what is left over has to be counted and sent back IN?!!!! .

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
Worse communication I have ever experienced at a school. If you are looking for teacher who teach, are organized and who have open communication, this is not the school for you or your children. Principal is a joke. Avoids to answer your questions even after several meetings, if you can even get a meeting with him. My children will not be attending for another school year. One has been more than enough. His response to bullying is "I can not do anything about it if I didn't see it." I'm afraid my child is so far behind where he needs to be that he won't be able to catch up for the next year. Sad that I ever send my children here.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
I regret sending my children to this school. It was one of the worst decisions I made. The school is very disorganized & there is a total lack of communication with the parents. The bus service is totally unreliable, some buses & routes have been canceled or the times drastically changed, some days or weeks there is no bus service so if you live far from the school it is very inconvenient especially for working parents. There are a few good teachers but most of them are lazy or very moody. A child should never be yelled at for asking questions about something they do not understand & they should not be made to feel stupid. Some of the teaching methods are questionable as well. Telling a child to figure it out on your own is unacceptable, nor is showing non-school related movies in class because you are too lazy to teach & then telling the child to study, learn & do the subject work at home that should have been done in the classroom. There have also been some behavior problems with some of the kids at the school that were not handled very well & there were some violent fights between students making it an unsafe learning environment for the other students. Bullying does occur here.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
This school has a great potential if they have experienced teachers. I have a 2nd grader and a preschooler. It is so convenient for me to drop both of them at the same school. Teachers are school's main core of the school, if you get a lazy teacher or a newbie teacher you are pretty much missing out even though you've got a clean brand new school, small ratio of kids and intimate setting kind of school but low quality teacher, its a bad combination. I felt like a bad parent that I did not move them out of school it is more for me than them. But this year we are not coming back. Good luck on choosing the right school.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
This school lacks communication and organization. If you want your child to get a good education, then don't send them to this school. They don't respect ESE or 504's, teachers don't communicate with parents, school lunch is brought in on a daily basis and the kids get next to nothing. Not sending my children back to this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
This school has great ideas, but lacks the organization to carry them out. They have had some great teachers, but they overwork them and stress them out to the point that they want to quit! Every year they have huge teacher turn-over (so much for my kids having the same teachers for three years) and every couple of years, they fire the principal and bring in someone new, who they are SURE is going to solve all the problems. And the middle school is a complete disaster. The students are unsupervised way too much of the time, and the discipline problems are completely out of control. They brag about how they meet each child where they are and challenge them, but my kids both got better grades and scored higher on the FCAT test when I switched them to another local charter school. I do not recommend this school. (from a former parent)

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2013
I have been a parent at Imagine for 5 years and could not be happier! We love our prinipal and all of the teachers and staff. They truly care about the students. Strong relationships between parents and staff make this school unique and it shows. Proud to be a part of the Imagine family!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
Although the Principal is very nice and tries to address each and every concern overall it is a disorganized mess. They do not communicate they are not honest and the teachers meander through the year without giving accurate updates and progress. There are transportation issues and more than once there has been problems with the busses and after school activities being cancelled with no notice to parents. School leaves MUCH to be desired. We are not sure we are returning next year as the traditional public school seems to be the lesser of two evils.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
Our son has been at Imagine since 3rd Grade and sadly leaves at the end of the year for his next school experience on to high school. We have only been impressed with everything that Imagine has offered and wish them continued success. Will miss our Imagine family so much.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
We enrolled our granddaughter in Imagine and couldn't be happier. We like the cluster concept and being able to email the teachers with questions or concerns and they respond. Miss Nancy in the office is fabulous and Mrs. Lucas as principal is wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2013
The GREATEST school! My daughters started attending Imagine North Manatee in 2011, in 1st grade and the 3-year-old program. There is such a strong sense of community here! The teachers are exemplary: they really care and challenge the students every day. My daughter's reading improved exponentially within her first semester when the teachers and I worked as a team. A high level of parent involvement, small class sizes, and an amazing principal also make ISNM great. I don't have to worry that my kids will "fall through the cracks" at the huge public school down the street. An excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
Imagine School North Manatee has challenged my daughter's abilities to succeed academically and socially. Her teachers are great and really are concerned about our children to grow and to learn at their pace. The teachers are available to answers question via email or personally everyday. The smaller class size has allowed more interaction with students and their teachers, however, the children learn to find the answer themselves before asking the teacher. I believe if the student sits there and is feed the answers them become lazy and want others to help them. If you want a school to challenge your children this is the place to come. If you want the children to sit at a desk and let the teachers feed your children the answers go to a county government school. The School takes on the whole child development, not just academically. The parents must participate and volunteer for the school 20 hours a year. I think they need to be more strict on this rule because you still have parents that just drop kids off and expect the school to educate and to baby sit. This school is not about that, Education is the Parents responsibility with the School to assist us.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
We moved from Ohio and the public system, and returned to Florida and Imagine Charter. The student/teacher ratio decreased and my daughter's grades increased (from Fs to As). I could not be more happier or prouder of my girl. This school is great for academic performance in my child, and will remain in a charter school for her high school years.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
this school has excellent teachers. My daughter loves the cluster concept.. The principal shows great school leadership and is always there to answer any question.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
We have been at Imagine North Manatee for three years! My kids are in 1st, 5th, & 6th. We have had experience with all levels primary, intermediate, and middle. Imagine North Manatee is like a family! The teachers genuinely care about the kids. The majority of the teachers spend time with the students in extra curricular activities above and beyond the regular classes. Between my three children, they have 13 educational teachers and three specials teachers. All of them have more than exceeded our expectations! The small class sizes are awesome and allow for personal attention when needed. The administrators are awesome and Ms. Nancy in the front office is a tremendous gift to the school! Imagine North Manatee is a winner!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
My granddaughter has been going to this school for 3 years. We put her here because we didn't like the public school that she would be going to in our town. It was the best decision we could have made. We like the teaching style and the community feeling the school gives. We would not hesitate to reccomend this school to anyone considering a change.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
Teachers are great and the principal is the best! All staff truly cares about the students. They will all go that extra mile to make sure your child's needs are met. On top of the academics they teach character building which is lacking in many other schools. Great school! Best in the county by far!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2013
I removed my son from our local public school to go to Imagine. My initial reason was so he was secured for middle school. I have since found he is far more challenged here than he was before. I believe this has been the best move for him. They also have the added benefit of school bus that come to our neighborhood when I need it.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2012
I love this school! I have 3 children at ISNM and love it. I have an average, above average child and a below average child and they all get excellent support and guidance. The children have the same teachers for 3 years in a row with the "Project child" program and it helps the teachers know the kids better as well as the kids knowing the teachers. All of the teachers work well to support the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
This is Imagine's sixth year and this one proves to be it's best by a land slide! A new principal has the highest expectations of her staff, students and, most of all, herself. Imagine has joined Florida's Gulf Coast Athletic League and will go competitve with Track and Field, Soccer, Cheerleading, Football and Choir! Academic Achievement has set a new bar for quality and vigorous instruction. All this in an intimate, family-like setting. Imagine Rocks....watch out...VPK - 8th waiting lists to come!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
Imagine North Manatee has made huge academic gains this year (check our school grade ; ) which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students, staff and families! We are so proud! And while we prepare our students to be successful with any assessment, we never teach to the test. We have so many positive changes for the 2011-12 school year and I can't wait to begin. We've had some changes in staff, due mainly to job change for location, but our staff team is still as strong as ever! Our new principal has so many great ideas and has been working so hard to make the 2011-12 school year the best yet! We have a new principal, new mascot (GO Thunderbirds!) and some new staff, but we are still the strong, close-knit, caring Imagine family that has always happily gone above and beyond to help your child succeed with a smile! If we weren't, I would've left a long time ago for a much higher county position salary that reflects my qualifications. But Imagine is the school with heart and values! : )

- submitted by a teacher
July 16, 2011
Not sure why my review was deleted, but I would not recommend this school. I simply was not happy about the way it was ran. My child's teacher taught the test rather than taught the child. As a result, when I switched the local public school, he was very behind.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2011
It is funny how all of the negative information about this school seems to disappear. I will admit most of the teachers are great but there have been a lot comments about how negative the principal is and how rude the admin staff is. Now imagine North Manatee has changed principals again, three in the last four years, and the new principal has decided to fire about a third of the teachers. This school is a constant disruption and very confusing learning environment for the children. Take my advice before it is deleted; avoid this school at all cost.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
I was the one who wrote the review about the school not being safe. They have gotten a new bus driver and I let my daughter ride the bus again due to gas prices just costing too much to drive her. I thought I would try it and see and that bus driver has made sure she is going where she is suppose to and nancy at the office called to make sure she was on the right bus. I feel much better now and feel they have taken the proper steps to take care of the unsafe situation they had there at imagine. I can now let her ride the bus and know she won't be left on it for hours again or go to the wrong place.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
Once again the Imagine Charter shines! They have a new principal, Jennifer Lucas, is a true leader and role model for the kids. I am so impressed with the care and dedication she brings to the Imagine family of schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
I am very impressed with Imagine School North Manatee. The teachers are truly passionate about teaching and are continuously working toward becoming more effective teachers. The smaller-sized school allows for a more personal environment where the Principal actually knows each student's name and the teachers know and have relationships with students not in their classes! There is Art, Spanish, PE daily, Computer lab and Music infused in the curriculum and I wouldn't send my children anywhere else! I have done my homework and Imagine School North Manatee is where I feel my children receive the best in education and character development. They love going to Imagine School for four years now and that says a lot!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
We have been with Imagine for over a year now and love EVERYTHING about it!!!! My son is receiving an excellent education and has made so many close friends! I really love that character development is such a big part of the day to day life. This school is not only giving a wonderful education but they are teaching the children how to grow up as respectable adults! I do not agree with some of the comments regarding the principal... She is always very nice and welcoming. She knows my son by name and greets him everyday and he is only in kindergarden. My husband and I feel welcome to the school at anytime. They have a great system in place to keep the children safe and outsiders that do not belong inside out!!!! I believe this is a fantastic place to send your children!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
This is a wonderful learning environment!! If you want your voice to be heard and if you want to be able to effect change in your child's education, then this is the school for you! Our teachers and administration genuinely care about what parents think and will change directions if that works better for parents. Our PTO works so well with the school and is able to really impact our school. This school has served my son well and I can not imagine him thriving the way that he does in another learning environment. We are imagine!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
Our school is a wonderful and nuturing place, we have new teachers who are top notch and things could not be better this year. Students are treated with respect from every staff member and all family concerns are adressed by the teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
My child has attended this school for four years. I can honestly say the way the curriculum is structured and administered has resulted in a fantastic learning experience for my child. We have an excellent cadre of professional teachers that consistently exhibit courtesy and caring.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
Worst possible school for any child. High teacher turn over rate, teachers quit very quickly once they see there is no leadership from the principal. She has no experience and can not run a school. She yells and bullies and allows the teachers to do the same. Kids run the middle school and are out of control. teachers lack experience and the whole CHILD curriculum is not really what they do here. Really needs to be closed down!!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2010
What a great school. They have added art, Spanish and music with two fantastic teachers. The kids love singing and we now have a school song. So many great improvements again this year. A great staff and wonderful parents who really care about the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2010
You've heard the expression "you can't please all the people all the time" Well, that applies to this school. I am the parent of 2 children that go to this school. I and my children LOVE it. I am a parent that is all about results. That was this school accomplishes. I see complaints about the current principal. She is results driven...I thought the other principal to be too "fluffy". While some parents like (and need) to be in the principal's office everyday, I choose to stay in close communication with my children's teachers about their progess. It's worked so far very well for my and both children are doing very well with no complaints.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
No learning is taking place here. They do a great horse and pony show for new parents interested in the school. Bullying is how they try to motivate their students. So sad and disturbing!

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2010
I do love the school and the teachers-they connect with the kids and encourage them. I think, however, that the new principal, while an excellent administrator, is not interested in parent opinion or involvement. She is always available, but basically smiles at you, gives some administrative line, and dismisses you. Perhaps this is just due to the fact that it's her first year, and while the last principal was wonderful with solving parent concerns, she was not concerned with the business aspect and I suspect left quite a mess behind. This is such a fantastic learning environment that I think giving the principal some time to settle in is worth it.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
I love imagine school because the teachers are concerned about the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
The school has moved to it's brand new campus and is flourishing everyday. While safety measures are practice for visitors to the school, the principal and staff are very welcoming with an 'open door policy'. Ms. Beauregard is always willing to hear any parent or student with any concerns. The curriculum is males it very easy for every child to feel comfortable and confident. This is our third year at the school and we are looking forward to many more thanks to the outstanding staff, teachers, PTO, and parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
The school has moved and things are a lot more secure than what we had at the old location... They are more strict about who can come and go for the safety of our children its no different than any other School... We were just used to coming and going as we pleased which really was not a safe environment. I love the school and my daughter has flourished and is excelling. I have had no trouble getting in when I was scheduled to help out with a class project. I like the new principal. She is a good advocate for the school... she is at every PTO meeting and participated the day of our spring carnival which is more than the old one did.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
Very disappointed in the quality of this school. This is our fourth year and will not be returning. We really thought after such a wonderful last three years the school would keep improving as it has in the past especially after moving to the new location. A change in administration has completely changed the environment of our school. Our children no longer enjoy going to school and we as parents no longer feel welcomed on campus. What use to be a very exciting and welcoming place has become very cold and unpersonal. Ms. Catlin went out of her way to talk to all of the kids and parents and was very visible. She understood every child's personality and how to handle them individually. The student's respected her for that and so did the parents. Yes, parents will choose better now given the choice!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
We love the new principal and my son's teacher's. The principal has picked up an administrative mess and turned it into a well organized, project driven environment. The school is undergoing many growing changes thanks to the new administration. Imagine School just seems to get better and better (move it forward)

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February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 08, 2010
This school could be great if the teachers had more experience and did not use threatning tactics to motivate the children. Brand new school but everyone misses the old principal. She understood each of the kids and how to actually handle situations!!!! Hopefully with another principal and more experienced teachers they will stay afloat!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
I love the school! I do not love the principal! she is very rude to parents!!I wish they would get rid of her,then the school would be perfect! My child has been in this school for 3 years and until this year I have had no complaints!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2009
We have been involved with Imagine North Manatee for four years now. Some great teachers who care and a brand new facility. True some of the amenities of larger publice schools are missing, but so is the overcrowding and the all too common lack of interest. The children have develop meaningful relationships with their teachers and are far more than just a number that will be passed along to another teacher next year. Highly recommended.

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December 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2009
Imagine School believes every child is special in their own way and they encourage individuality in their learning styles and progress. Project Child is conducive to a child s learning curve. The children rotate within stations in the classroom and work amongst their peers. Often time s children are learning and progressing academically without realizing they are learning. This structure allows children to not only be the student but also a mentor. Children in these roles tend to find academics more enjoyable and less tedious. Each child is encouraged to find their strengths and identify their weaknesses so that they can excel in every aspect. Each child tracks their progress during each quarter and determines what areas they may need to improve on. My daughter is currently a High Honor Roll student and is extremely happy to belong to the Imagine family. I truly believe in the school and the faculties abilities.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
The kindness and compassion from the teachers is unlike any I have seen. Their method of teaching gives the children an opportunity to excel. Its proven so with their Annual Yearly Progress far exceeding any other schools in the area (from my research). The opening of the new school is an ideal space With an outdoor science classroom grant, indoor science lab, new (soon to be covered) playground, media center, and various friday clubs (fitness, spanish I & II, arts, crafts, science, newspaper, yearbook and more) I know I am making the right choice for my children!! I am excited and VERY happy to be a part of the Imagine family!! The PTO organization is EXTREMELY dedicated to making Imagine the best it can be! Nationally acclaimed and over 51 schools nationwide, they have to be doing something right!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2009
Imagine School in North Manatee is a fabulous school with excellent teachers who go above and beyond for every student, every day! If they did not, I would not drive 70 miles a day for him to attend Imagine. Could not ask for more!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
I have 2 kids (VPK & 1st) they are a great school that cares about EACH kid, and challenge them past their level. The teachers are wonderful and so willing to help you out with anything.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Our granddaughter has gone to Imagine since first grade, now in third grade. We love the school! It is a small, charter school with great teachers, and great students! We are very blessed to have found this school and are looking forward to moving into our newly built school next month.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 25, 2008
This could be a good school if the teachers had an aid in the class and the administration was worth a hoot. The teachers are so overwhelmed that they don't keep track of the child's progress, grade much homework and don't keep tabs on the children and what they are doing in the class. The stations are not really teaching them that much and there is not much actual instruction. Be very wary of this. Most work is done on simply worksheets. The school has good ideas but has trouble implementing them.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2008
My son had attended two other district schools. He was identified as gifted at four years old, and at each school we had struggles with the principals to get him the level of education and instruction that he needed. I finally found it at this school! He is being challenged for the first time in his life! Right now there are not specific elective classes offered, but the teachers use art, music, drama, dance, and computers in ther instructional delivery on a regular basis. The Project Child approach is not for all children, but my son has ADHD and does very well. He is not required to sit in the same desk and classroom all day, every day. He is able to get out of his seat and walk around the room to change stations and collaberate with other students. The students also change classes to attend five different classes daily.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
My children are currently enrolled and will NOT be returning next year. The project child program that a previous parent loved, will not work for all children. If your child is not self motivated (which is less likely for boys) their learning will be limited. If you are considering sending your child to this school make sure you do your homework! Go take a tour, look at the classroom setting and compare it to your child s current school. There is no playground equipment. There is no Library, Art, Music, or Spanish classes, they don t even have an on staff ESOL for the students that are attending and know little English. Sit induring a lesson, and truly observe what the children are doing during their stations. It is a real eye opener. In this type of learning environment two teachers should be provided in a classroom.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2007
We love the school! The character education, parent involvement, and Project CHILD curriculum make it a great choice.

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June 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
My daughter is in pre-k this year and she has excelled. This is the first year of the school so the children are in portables but we are very pleased. The principal is wonderful. She is very warm and kind to the kids while maintaining a sense of discipline. We are looking forward to growing with the school while they add electives like art, Spanish, and music.

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Imagine Charter School At North Manatee
9275 49th Avenue East, Palmetto, FL  34221
(941) 723-1205
Last modified Imagine Charter School At North Manatee is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Imagine Charter School At North Manatee Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top