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.
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.
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.
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.
My school is Imagine school of north manatee, I'm not to happy with it like I was last year,, they always run out of the lunch that my kids order, its an everyday thing now, and now the middle school has to tuck in their shirts, not the whole the just middle as the e-mail said that I got, plus the buses are not coming when they are schedule to, it seems that they need new bus drivers, I also found out that they favor some kids over others concerning shirts being tuck in and cell phones.. I'm not happy at all right now, they need to do alot of changing and get priortities right.
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)
I would pick another school for my child if only we had other options! It's good that ISNM has small population but it seems to me that the Admin staff can barely assist the principal running this school. Promoting a program that having same teachers with a child for 3 yrs to keep track on his/her progress but there're new teachers each year! Should Admin staff work with PTO to ensure parents have some clues how/when to get involved besides the only option of paying or buying school supplies. School curriculum sounds interesting but my child, who had honor roll every quarter, didn't look forward to go to school each morning and had nothing to tell us when he got home. Even though school population is low, teachers seem to be overwhelmed and they could use a teaching aid to prevent bullying right in the classroom. Good thing the teachers there are wonderful and Ms. Nancy is great but ISNM can't be any better if the Admin staff don't actually do something useful. My child comes back this year because it's convenient for us, not because this is a great school as we think. Yes, I know, I'm a terrible parent!!!
Looking into this school....looks a little suspicious that there are a lot of reviews in one day, Feb 21, 2013. Maybe to counteract some of the negative comments posted? I am on the fence on to enroll my children or keep them in their current public school.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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